Design Blast: Israel-Grown Anenomes and more
These flowers bring the beauty, but are in high-demand...Event designers with a passion for seasonal flowers are likely no strangers to the charms of the Anemone, the showstopping texture of Clooney Ranunculi, and the majesty of double Lisianthuses. All three flowers offer unparalleled color quality and strong vase life, but their popularity really comes from what they bring to winter weddings: a dash of whimsy with an abundance of sophistication.
Supplies are limited! Floral artists interested in these particular flowers should act fast - they might be gone well before the Spring season draws to a close.
Floral artists love Anemones because they have no foliage, and require very simple care. Anemones require very little flower food, and a fresh cut with new water every three days. Longtime Flower Grower/Importer Shlomo Danieli (Blooming of Beloit) gives high praise to the anemones he brings in from Israel, “We grow our anemones in lower Galilee in the northern district state of Israel,” says Shlomo, “We provide constant shade and yield tones of purple, pink, mauve and red that are among the most vivid in the world."
Care & Handling: Vase life for Anemones is relatively short (3 to 8 days), so it is best to sell them within two days of receipt. Recut stem ends with a sharp blade, removing at least one inch to eliminate dirt and microbes. Immediately dip or place stems into a hydration solution, then place into sterilized containers filled with properly porportioned flower food solution - either regular flower food, or low-dose nutrient solution.
Once processed, put the Anemones into a floral cooler at 33-38 degrees F to hydrate at least two hours before selling them. Avoid placing Anemones into containers with Daffodils, as they exude a sap that can shorten the life of the Anemones.
Danieli is particularly proud of this coming season’s Clooney Ranunculus, which are grown in a protected cold frame atop a 1000-foot mountain in Jerusalem. Caring for these flowers is the same as for Anenomes, except there does exist some foliage that needs to be cleared. Clooney Ranuncluli are wonderful for events due to their low risk of peaking early.
“Designers love Clooney Ranunculus in orange, yellow, pink and white,” Shlomo states, “but all of our colors perform exceptionally well at weddings and events”
See "Elegance Ranunculi" below.
The moderate weather at the heart of Israel also yields vibrant colors of Elegance Ranuculi, one of the most popular offshoots of this variety. Available in white, light pink, dark-pink, burgundy, red, cappuccino, yellow and orange, the Elegance Ranuncului.
Care & Handling: Recut the stems at an angle with a sharp blade, removing at least 1 inch of stem. Immediately dip or place stem ends into a hydration solution, then into storage containers partially-filled with properly proportioned flower food solution. Because these flowers are grown from tuberous roots, you can use bulb flower food.
Immediately after processing, place Ranunculi into a floral cooler at 34-40 degrees F, and allow them to hydrate for at least two hours before selling them. Cold storage for more than two days is not recommended, so avoid purchasing more than you can sell or use at that time. Vase life for ranunculi is typically 3 to 7 days, but Clooney and Elegance Ranunculi have been known to reach 10 days!
Desert (Double) Lisianthus
In the south of the Negev desert, in the Arava, along the east boarder of Israel few hundred meters below sea-level lies an oasis of Lisianthuses. Growing under constant cover, these flowers are hydrated via constant drip-irrigation and enjoy availability until the end of May.
The Israel-grown, double-Lisianthus is available in 9 colors: white, purple, pink, apricot, champaign, yellow, green, two-tone purple & two-tone pink.
Care & Handling: With proper care, Lisianthuses should provide consumers with 7-14 days of enjoyment. Upon receipt, remove foliage that would otherwise fall below the storage water-line. Recut the stems, dip into a hydration solution, then place into a flower-food enriched solution. Store in a cooler at 33-38 degrees F, allowing them to hydrate at least two hours before selling.
Remove blooms as they fade to encourage the other buds to open.Lisianthuses are geotropic (affected by gravity), and their stems will curve if they're not stored perfectly upright in their containers. Leaving them in their sleeves during storage can help prevent stem curving, but it can also restrict air circulation among the blooms, leaves and stems. Avoid misting these flowers during storage (or packing them too tightly) because doing so can promote the onset of Botryits, a fungal disease that appears as gray patches on leaves and flowers.