New flower food product to improve petal color intensity and vase life

Lisianthus is a crop that needs continuous flower food supply postharvest for optimum vase life, flowering percentage, and petal color intensity results. Lisianthus is usually harvested when a stem has a couple of open flowers. These flowers have an intense color. The buds that open later usually have a paler color, up to the stage that the color has vanished.  

As the market prefers an intense color, FloraLife developed a specific flower food product, FloraLife Lisianthus Flower Food, which improves the petal color intensity, but also vase life, the percentages of buds that developed into open flowers, and flower size.

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Several studies with multiple varieties have shown that the use of FloraLife Lisianthus Flower Food improves petal color intensity, vase life, flowering percentage, and flower size.

FloraLife’s laboratory in The Netherlands used freshly harvested Lisianthus stems from Dutch growers. Stems were recut, and all foliage that would be under the solution level was removed. The different use solutions prepared were:

  1. Water
  2. FloraLife Express Universal 300 liquid
  3. FloraLife Lisianthus Flower Food

Vases were filled with the above-mentioned use solutions. Then stems were placed in these vases, which were kept at 20°C (68°F) with 12 hours of light, and 12 hours of darkness each day, to simulate the consumer phase. The stems were evaluated for petal color intensity, flower size, vase life, and flowering percentage at the end of vase life. The result of the research is that complementary foods have a positive effect on petal color intensity, flower size, vase life, and flowering percentage.

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