|A typical display cooler for arrangements|
The cycle begins when the flowers are cut from the areas where they are grown. After they're bundled together and packaged to be shipped, they're placed in cooled waiting areas, where the cycle begins.
The flowers are taken to the airport in refrigerated trucks and put on a temperature controlled plane (near the back, where it's coldest), and sent to their various destinations.
When flowers arrive at the wholesaler, they remain at optimal temperatures until they're bought by floral stores like ours and again put on a cooled truck to be taken to their final stop in the cold chain: our coolers.
A good floral store will never leave flowers out at room temperature for long periods of time. Floral designers use temperature change to their advantage. Flowers that have tight petals that need to open (like daisies or lilies) are exposed to warmer air to open up so they can be used right away. Flowers that don't need to be used for a few days are kept in their packaging and left on shelves in the cooler to stay fresh.
So, the cold cycle is integral to making sure flowers stay as fresh as possible. From the fields they are grown in to your home, Hummingbird Floral uses the cold cycle to make sure you're getting the best flowers you can.
What do you think? How long do your flowers usually last? Do you have a secret tip to make them last longer. Share it with us in a comment below.
-Your flower-loving friends at Hummingbird