Cut flowers can be any flowers that are cut off the plants and are cleaned for any thorns and are ready to be used in fresh flower arrangements. Cut flowers are available at flower shops with florists or can be obtained from gardens too from your self grown flowering plants. Cut flowers are used as gifts for as each of them deliver a different message. Sometimes these flowers are presented as single flower or in bunch form as bouquets. Rose is the most popular cut flower. Carnations, Gerberas, Chrysanthemums also have a huge demand in the Cut Flower market. Tulips, Gladioli, Lilies, Alstroemeria, Anthuriums etc., are also popular with the flower lovers.
There are certain parameters for figuring out good cut flowers.
1. The flower should be appealing and beautiful.
2. Flower should be sweetly fragrant.
3. A cut flower should have long stem.
4. Flower should have extended vase life.
Caring for Cut Flowers and keeping them fresh is undeniably a science in itself. The first step towards making Cut Flowers last longer is to make sure that they are quickly placed in water to prevent them from wilting. Cut stems should be placed in water immediately, as air rapidly moves into the water-conducting tissues and plugs the cells. This is the reason for which when we get cut flowers that have been out of water for some hours are needed to be cut a little at the bottom so the blockage caused by air does not block the water from reaching flower. Cut flowers should always be placed at a cool place for hour or two because flowers lose less water. Moreover to increase the vase life of cut flowers there is a process called hardening needs to be done with freshly cut flowers; that is, placing them in water at temperature of 110 degree Fahrenheit with preservatives added to it.
Germany is the world’s largest market for Cut Flower imports, and the Netherlands is the world’s leading exporter of Cut Flowers.