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Spotlight on Tropical Bouquets and Foliages

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Posted by colin on 15/10/2012

Spotlight on Tropical Bouquets and Foliages

Tropical flowers are EXOTIC!

The beginning of the fall and winter seasons makes our thoughts turn to the wonderful world of tropical flowers and foliages. Their brilliant, punchy colours and show-stopping shapes and textures will bring a little tropical sunshine in to any flower shop. A few things to remember when choosing your exotics:

·      Tropical bouquets are available in a wide range of designs and price points ranging from simple Ginger bouquets to spectacular mixes of Ginger, Heliconia, Psittacorum and even Musa Banana flowers and Pineapples!

·      Look for tropicals that are crisp and fresh! Blooms should be clean and free of blemishes and foliages should be healthy and rich green.

·      One of the great things about tropical bouquets is their versatility! Bouquets can be sold as a fun cash and carry item or taken apart to use in high-end designs.

Make good tropical flowers and foliages GREAT!

Don’t box them in!

  • Tropical flowers do not like to be stored for long periods in the box!
  • Remove from box and cut and hydrate your tropical flowers, bouquets and foliages as soon as possible upon arrival.
  • Give the stems a fresh cut and place in warm water with the proper dose of floral preservative. Change the water every other day.

Tropical flowers are cool!

  • Tropical flowers and bouquets will last longest when stored between 12 and 15 degrees Celsius ( 55 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Exposure to temperatures lower than 12 degrees can cause damage and blackening to the blooms and higher temperatures can greatly shorten vase life.

Tropicals love their morning shower!

  • Tropicals love to be misted at least once a day, particularly when stored outside of a tropical refrigerator.
  • Misting with hydration products like “Hawaiian Floral Mist” can greatly improve vase life, particularly on Gingers, Heliconias and Tropical Foliages.
  • Rubbing a plant shine product or even a little olive oil on Heliconias can really make them glisten in bouquets or arrangements!
Some fun facts to share with staff and clients!

  • Ginger flower roots and leaves are widely used in Asia for a wide variety of homeopathic remedies ( although this is not the edible variety we associate with our Sushi!)
  • Heliconia flowers are almost exclusively pollinated by Hummingbirds ( oh yeah, and sometimes bats too!) in Costa Rica.
  • Musa Coccinea is commonly known as "the scarlett banana".

 

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