FTD Flower Exchange
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Which flower food is best for me?

A: Typically, florists and growers use our Floralife® 200 line of products for storage and transport solutions. Consumers use our vase solutions such as:
  • Floralife® Flower Food 300
  • Floralife® Chrystal Clear
  • Special Blend 300 for hard water
  • Special Blend PURE Water Flower Food
If you need more specific information, send a water sample to Floralife® for recommendations. We will test your water for pH, alkalinity, hardness and total dissolved solids. We will recommend the best flower food for your situation.

Q: My goal is to hold the flowers for as long as possible (i.e. slow down development). What is the best way to accomplish this?

A: Temperature is key! You should still be concerned with hydrating and feeding the flowers (to prevent stress). However, use cold water (with flower food) and keep them as close to 33-38 F as possible. The cold water will speed up the cooling down process. We designed our Floralife® 200 and Clear 200 formulas for storage of fresh flowers. Note: Tropicals are an exception to this temperature range; they should be stored at 50 F.

Q: How can I prevent bacteria from getting into the solution in which I have my flowers?

A: The best way to combat bacteria that can harm your flowers is to follow good care and handling steps. Use flower food, keep debris out of your solution (like foliage or drooped petals), keep your solution at a good level and re-cut your stems when you change the solution.

Q: Does the environment affect the longevity of my flowers?

A: Yes, environmental conditions are important to the health of your flowers. If possible, keep flowers in a cooler place and out of direct sunlight. The cooler environment will help them last longer.

Q: How often should I change my buckets and replace with fresh water solution?

A: You should change the solution twice a week or as you change out the buckets. You should clean them with Floralife® D.C.D Cleaner before you add fresh flower food solution.

Q: Why should I cut the stems of my flowers when I get them?

A: The end of a cut stem is an “open wound” and pretty delicate. The end of the stem can get damaged or clogged as the flowers are transported from the store to your home. It is best to re-cut your flowers every time you put them in a new solution, re-cut at least 1”. Also, the best practice is to always put your flowers in a solution immediately after cutting so no air bubbles will form and stems will then be opened up to drink up the flower food.

Q: Is cutting your flower stems at an angle better for solution uptake?

A: No, straight cut or angle- both will yield the same results. Stems are like many straws drinking up solutions and nutrition. Even if you cut an angle, you are not creating any more “straws” for solution uptake.

Q: Should I use flower food with floral foam.

A: Yes, always soak your foam in a properly mixed solution of fresh flower food. Be sure to follow the product directions.

Q: Is all floral foam the same?

A: No, all foam has a particular chemistry and you should look for foam that is formulated to be flower friendly such as OASIS® Floral Foam Maxlife®.

Q: Can I use Floralife® Quick Dip instant hydrating treatment on all types of flowers- or just roses?

A: You can use Floralife® Quick Dip instant hydrating treatment on all types of flowers.

Q: Can I just add Floralife® Quick Dip instant hydrating Pre- treatment to my flower food solution?

A: No, Floralife® Quick Dip instant hydrating Pre- treatment is a hydration product. It is intended to be a pre-treatment for the flowers before flower food. Mixing the two products together throws the chemical formulation out of balance and could shorten vase life.

Q: Will warm water mixed with flower food solution increase the speed of the solution uptake into the flower?

A: Warm solutions increase the temperature of flowers. So if you want your flowers to open faster, use warm flower food solution. However this will not help your flowers last any longer. The warmer solution actually puts your flowers is fast motion and moves them more quickly through their life cycle. For longer lasting flowers, you are better off with a chilled flower food solution. The flower will get properly nourished and hydrated and the cool solution will slow down the flower metabolism. This will slow down its life cycle making the flower last longer.

Q: Is Floralife Fresh Flower Food harmful to bulb crops such as tulips?

A: No, if you dose according to the product label, our flower food will not harm your bulb crops.

Q: If my Floralife® Flower Food 300 turns yellow, is it harmful to my flowers?

A: No, the solution should still be clear when you dilute it in the case. Extreme heat causes sugar to turn yellow, bu this is not a problem for the flowers.

Q: When I use Floralife® Flower Food 300 for cut flowers, a milky “residue” results, no matter how long I mix the solution. Is this a problem?

A: No, the flower food contains ingredients that create flocculent, which can look like a milky residue. This flocculent is good for cut flowers. If you would like a clear solution, try Floralife® Crystal Clear.

Q: Can I use flower food in metal containers?

A: The acid in flower food will react with metal. We do not recommend that you use flower food in metal vases.

Q: Can I spray my flowers with water to keep them hydrated?

A: Spraying your flowers with plain water does not help them. In fact, spraying plain water on your flowers can create a ripe breeding ground for fungus on them. You can hydrate your flowers with a specialty flower spray that will protect and hydrate. A spray like Floralife® Finishing Touch has both nutrients and protective ingredients that will enhance your flowers’ health. If you use a finishing spray, even with finishing touch, let the flowers dry before placing them in your cooler.

Q: Can I use Floralife® Finishing Touch hydration and protection spray on potted plants?

A: Yes, any plants that benefit from misting will benefit from Floralife® Finishing Touch Hydration and protection spray. In our labs we have tested begonia, chrysanthemum, cyclamen, spathiphyllum, philodendron and dieffenbachia among others.

Q: What are the main ingredients in Floralife® Flower Food 300?

A: Floralife® Flower Food 300 contains three main ingredients:
  • Sugar for nutrition
  • An acidifier to lower the pH of the water
  • A class of compounds called stem absorption enhancers.

Q: Can you overfeed or underfeed your flowers?

A: Yes, on very rare occasions, too much flower food can increase the sugars in the water and cause bacteria to grow, which may harm the flowers. Not enough flower food provided, and your flowers will not have the added energy to last longer.

Q: Why should I use Floralife® flower foods and other products?

A: There are several reasons:
  • Flowers need more than just plain water to last well after harvest. Floralife® products are uniquely engineered to meet the special needs of all types of flowers to do that.
  • By using Floralife® products, your flowers will last longer and deliver more value to your customers. They will stay beautiful longer as well.
  • Consumer rate freshness and longevity of flowers as their top criteria in choosing where to buy their flowers.

Q: Where can I purchase Floralife® products?

A: Floralife® products can be purchased through the FTD® Marketplace or your local participating wholesale florist distributor, and coming soon to the FTD® Flower Exchange. Please contact your FTD® Marketplace sales representative to place an order.
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