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|Cut flowers should never be put near fresh fruit, as they produce ethylene gas which will shorten the flowers' life.|
A Cut Flower can simply be defined as any flower that is cut from the plant, thorns trimmed, and are ready to be used in a fresh flower arrangement. Cut Flowers are available at the florist or can be cut from the home garden.
Most Cut Flowers are popular choices as gifts on Special Occasions, either as a single cut flower or as a bunch or a bouquet of cut flowers.
Rose is the most popular cut flower. Carnations, Gerberas, Chrysanthemums also enjoy a huge demand in the cut flower market.Tulips, Gladioli, Lilies, Alstroemerias, Anthuriums etc., are also popular with the flower lovers.
A Cut Flower should meet the following parameters-
The following features of a Cut Flower make their trade profitable for Cut Flower growers and traders.
Caring for Cut Flowers and keeping them fresh is indeed 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 why a Cut Flower that has been out of water for more than a few minutes should have a small portion of the lower stem cut off so that water moves up freely when the stem is returned to water. Cuts can be made under-water to assure the no air enters the stem. Further, care of your cut flowers is enhanced by following the tips given below-
The world Cut Flower Trade is characterized by a high degree of concentration by sources. Exports from the Netherlands to Germany are a principal component of the world Cut Flower trade. The trade makes up a significant chunk of the intra EU trade, which accounts for a large part of the global trade.
In the Americas, Colombia is the major supplier to the United States. Japan receives its supplies from a more diversified base with Taiwan, New Zealand and Europe being the most important suppliers.
The Netherlands has a good and functional trade system to facilitate the movement of Cut Flowers which form a majority of the flowers that are traded. Cut Flower growers from all over the world assemble at the famed flower auctions to find suitable buyers for their produce.
Flowers are imported from various countries in order to create the largest possible assortment of flowers. Newly established players in the Cut Flower market include Kenya, Ecuador and Zimbabwe supplying to their newly emerging ambitious competitors in China, India, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Malawi, Mexico, Palestine, Peru, South Africa and Zambia.
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