A Gardener’s Perspective of ‘What makes a good cut flower’
- A flower that need little specialist care or treatment and is easy to harvest.
- Reblooming often and for a long season so it looks good even when left uncut.
- Grows quickly and true from seed.
- Can be forced, so it flowers when required.
- Satisfies the recipient for the least consumption of resources in time and space.
Tips to Help a Bouquet Last
- Choose flowers with firm petals or buds that sho colour that means they have developed enough feed to flower properly
- Fill your clean vase with lukewarm water, that will have less oxygen, to prevent air bubbles blocking the stem.
- Strip off leaves below the waterline
- Use flower food but not aspirin, bleach sugar or lemonade that encourage bacteria to breed
- Treat the flowers with respect, I changed after I stopped calling them a bunch of flowers
A Customer View Point of ‘What makes a good cut flower’
- Fragrance that is evocative, strong and distinctive.
- Colour or colour combinations that are appropriate. Rich and saturated or soft, contrasting or blendable
- Texture and proportion that can provide contrast of shape and form.Suitable length and flower aesthetics to match a display vessel.
- How long will it last in a vase or foam and will it need any special treatment or conditioning.
- Personal appeal or favourite reflecting a special association, event or season
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A Retailers View of ‘What makes a good cut flower’
- Availability for a long period from a variety of suppliers.
- Lots of colour and sales Pizzaz
- Long life in Florists pre-sale and then in the home
- Profitable and able to generate repeat custom
According to Linda Beutler in ‘Garden to Vase’ the answer is not just ‘Mums’ ‘Glads’ and ‘Carns’