Health and safety precautions when handling floral foam.
Concise, practical guidelines for shippers handling cut flowers by air are needed to ensure an industry-wide standard of excellence. Industry analysts stress the importance of quality and reliability in the increasingly competitive global market for cut flowers.
The Australian native plant, Sturt’s Desert Pea ( Swainsona formosa) has found favour in overseas markets, particularly in Japan, because of its suitability for use in floral arrangements such as ikebana. Professor Acram Taji of the University of New England at Armidale … Continued
The vase life and postharvest quality of cut flowers are determined by multiple factors such as genetic factors, growth conditions, harvest time, packaging, transport, postharvest handling, and storage. In the postharvest storage stage, pretreatment with preservative solutions have various impacts on the vase life … Continued
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