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Wholesale centers for florists: what they sell
Wholesale centers for florists provide a vast amount of products, fresh flowers, artificial flowers, decorations, ribbons, vases, plants, pieces in composition, technical material, packaging, individual pieces and all the equipment needed by customers. Therefore, you can find articles for florists and furnishing components that will then serve to care and maintain the flowers in an appropriate manner. In this regard, it is appropriate to know (and then put into practice) some tips that will allow customers to keep the flowers as long as possible.
Flower care tips and advice
First of all, the flowers should be stored in water, inside carefully cleaned containers and - if necessary - rinsed with bleach. Depending on the species, the dose of water will vary: for example, for some species and soft stems it must not exceed ten centimeters in height (this is the case of gerberas), while for roses the height must reach at least forty per cent of the length of the stem. Do not forget the importance of nourishment, using specific sachets for cut flowers: in the event that they are not available, you can use a few drops of bleach, strictly not perfumed, which will serve to postpone the appearance in the water of bacteria (but the same function is also performed by sugar or a copper wire). In the absence of nourishment, the water should be changed every day, just as the flower should be deprived of at least half a centimeter of stem every day. About the cuts, they must be made obliquely in such a way as to make the surface that will absorb the water as wide as possible; it is necessary to use a disinfected blade (if possible with a cloth soaked in alcohol) and sharp, so as not to leave fraying that would risk exposing the flower to attacks by parasites (and are also decidedly anti-aesthetic); the operation, moreover, should be performed by keeping the cut under water, in order to prevent air bubbles from forming in the lymphatic vessels of the stem which could complicate the aspiration of the water in the direction of the leaves and petals. The lower leaves must always be removed, to prevent them from coming into contact with water.
How to keep flowers after buying them in bulk
After buying them in bulk, the flowers should not be exposed to drafts or sun, and in general to any heat source that would end up making the water evaporate faster: consequently, the flower and the leaves they would remain free of humidity, as they could not suck the water from the vase. Taking into account that the flowers wither quickly in the presence of a warm and dry environment, they must also be kept away from fruit: in fact, it produces ethylene, a decidedly harmful poison for the flowers which, in its presence, wither quickly. In case you want to prolong the life of the flowers, you need to spray them with hair spray, which will prevent the petals from falling: the vaporizer must be kept under the flower, about ten centimeters, by spraying vertically towards the 'high, so as not to bend the corolla. Furthermore, the leaves must be subjected to constant cleaning action, removing the dust with a duvet. Alternatively, they can also be disinfected with a few drops of glycerin dropped on a cloth: instead, olive oil is not recommended, because it does not stick to dust. A very effective grandmother's remedy, however, is that which involves using equal parts of milk and water.
Flowers of all kinds
In the wholesale centers there are obviously flowers of all kinds, all colors and all sizes: prices will be lower for seasonal flowers (which will last longer over time), while they will go up for rare species, those out of season and those coming from abroad (since the costs are also affected by transport costs). When the flowers are purchased, it would be preferable to check that they are mature enough: in essence, the buds must not be pale but sufficiently colored. During transport, they must be protected with the utmost care, to prevent them from being damaged during the journey: and this applies to both the petals and the stems. Still packaged, the flowers should be placed in clean water. Furthermore, the need to treat flowers only with specific tools and products should not only apply to gardening experts, but even more so for beginners, who must pay attention to any signal sent by plants. Any indication of suffering (for example a slight deterioration) represents a reason to check the health of the flower and identify any problems that could arise shortly thereafter.
Wholesale florists: Wholesale prices are cheaper
Most of the products (fertilizers, cutting tools, shears, scissors, vaporizers and nebulizers) can be found without problems in any florist wholesaler, at naturally lower prices than those found in a retail store.