The life cycle of fabulous flowers
If you plan to work with flowers, it’s of the utmost importance that you understand their life cycle. Florists need to pay special attention to each of their fresh flowers and take note of each stage they go through in order to properly care for their produce. Also, flower growers are not allowed to cut and send fabulous flowers to buyers if they are not in top shape. By learning the entire process, you’ll be better equipped to care for your fresh flowers.
Seeds to start
All plants start life as seeds and flowering plants are known as angiosperms. It’s pretty amazing that everything needed to create a fully grown flowering plant is packed into something so small. With enough water, light, and the right temperature, the root will begin to grow. The little plant then develops two leaves to begin with. So they grow as fast as they can by penetrating the ground. The sooner they break through to the surface, the sooner the plant can start producing its own food through the process of photosynthesis.
As the plant grows in height and size, the roots grow deeper into the soil. Once the plant reaches a certain maturity, it will produce fabulous flowers. The flowers of a plant are basically its reproductive organs and contain everything needed to produce seeds. They just need to be pollinated. Annuals produce flowers in their first year, while biennials take two years to reach maturity. Perennials can take a little longer to mature and flower.
Some plants also have male and female parts in one flower. Others have a few male and female flowers on one plant. Some flower species have male and female flowers on completely separate plants. To aid the pollination process, plants produce fabulous flowers that are attractive to insects and birds. No wonder these bright blooms attract the attention of flower growers, florists and buyers alike.
Time to harvest
When harvesting these fabulous flowers, they should be harvested while in partial bud form. That way, when they get to the flower shop, they’ll start opening. If they are harvested too early and are still in a tight bud shape, they may not all open. If you wait too long, they will die sooner than originally planned.
Each plant has a slightly different cycle, but the basic steps remain the same. The only real difference is the time frame. By understanding the types of flowers you’re growing, selling, or buying, you’ll have a better idea of how long they should last after being cut. Also, the longer it takes your plant to flower, the more you need to invest in it before you can reap the benefits. Because of this, these types of fabulous flowers will command a higher price than those that bloom faster.