Flower Stem Types to Consider
It is important to identify which type of stem your plant materials have before employing the correct method of conditioning. Not all varieties respond well to the same method!
|Woody||Generally an inflexible stem, that doesn't die down over winter||Roses, Forsythia, most foliage, Hydrangea|
|Semi-Woody||Stem which contains both soft and woody fibers||Carnations, Trachelium,Helianthus|
|Soft Stems||Non-woody - usually an annual or a bulb||Hyacinth, Calla Lily, Dendrobium Orchid|
|Latex Stems||Gives off a milky, sometimes sticky sap that “bleeds” from the stem. Can be an irritant||Euphorbia, Oxypetalum,Poppy|
|Hollow Stems||A stem with a hollow or soft pulpy centre||Amaryllis, Delphinium|
Once you have established the type of stem, use the correct conditioning technique for that variety to achieve maximum longevity and e perfect bloom
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