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Only the best quality flowers and foliage should be picked for market.Cut flowers and foliage begin to deteriorate as the reserves of moisture and food present at harvest start to run out.
These stored foods are needed to sustain the cut flower after harvest, and to allow flowers picked in bud to open.
Maximum vase life is essential to assure buyer and consumer confidence in fresh flowers.
The factors discussed here all contribute to the postharvest life of flowers and need the attention of growers and marketers.
Uptake of the pulsing solution depends on temperature.
Pulsing is commonly carried out in the coolroom, but if you need to give a quick pulse treatment, do it at room temperature (25°C to 30°C).
A larger number of native flowers may benefit from having a small amount of sugar added to the vase solution (where uptake is continuous), rather than being treated by pulse application.