Temperature is, overall, the single most important environmental factor affecting the postharvest longevity of cutflowers.
The following flower care and handling techniques have been thoroughly investigated and tested at retail level. These techniques have been shown to greatly enhance the customer’s satisfaction of all fresh cut flowers, while decreasing waste and dumpage.
Because of the global production system and marketplace, and the high perishability of cut flowers, air transport has been the transport system of choice. The purpose of this chapter is to provide information on the factors that affect the postharvest life of cut … Continued
Quality specifications for 32 major flowers, with photographs and recommendations for harvesting and postharvest handling, have been produced in a parallel publication, linked to the manual. The manual also includes fact sheets for 16 important flowers and advice on many others. This is … Continued
This publication examines the effects of numerous wound-inhibiting chemicals and treatments on the vase lives of 13 genera/species of Australian cut flowers and foliage. It provides practical advice on improving the vase lives of several of these flowers, and recommends some easy … Continued
In summary, continuous vase application of citric-Kathon, soda, or citric-Greenshield resulted in the best postharvest performance of marigold and sunflower, and continuous treatment with citric-Al or pulsing with citric-Kathon resulted in the best postharvest performance of cut roses; all of the aforementioned … Continued
This report highlights the presentations made by the author at the Flowers 2011 Conference and the success of the trade booth set up to disseminate the wildflower quality specifications and postharvest manual (both outcomes of RIRDC PRJ-000331) and showcase high … Continued
This technical bulletin consists of a collation of information derived from several trials carried out in 1989-90 on the following ornamental flowers: Dendrobium Orchid, Gerbera and Heliconia
This chart covers the most commonly grown wildflower cut flower and foliage products for which a quality specification or product fact sheet is available. The Australian wildflower industry supplies many other products (both species and varieties of the products listed here, … Continued
The statistics clearly demonstrate a need to increase consumer satisfaction if cut flower sales are to increase on the U.S. flower market. We feel that the optimal strategy to ensure the adoption of effective temperature management during transportation is to place … Continued