Frequently Asked Questions

Floralife presents answers to some Frequently Asked Questions about the care and handling of cut flowers. If you don’t see your question below, please write to flcareandhandling@floralife.com.

Q: Which flower food is best for me?

A: Typically, wholesale florists and growers use our Floralife® 200 line of products for storage and transport solutions. Consumers typically use our vase solutions such as:

     •  Floralife® Flower Food 300,

     •  Floralife Crystal Clear®,

     •  Special Blend 300 for hard water, and

     •  Floralife 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 34 - 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 cut flowers. Note: Tropicals are an exception to this temperature range; they should be stored at 50° F. 


Q: How often should I change my buckets and replace with fresh flower food 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: 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. What is the difference between Floralife® Quick Dip instant hydrating treatment and

    Hydraflor® 100 hydrating treatment for cut flowers?

A: Floralife® Quick Dip instant hydrating treatment is a ready-to-use solution.

     •  Recut the stems.

     •  Dip the freshly cut stems into Floralife® Quick Dip instant Hydrating treatment (a couple of 
         inches in a plastic container is sufficient.)

     •  Place the stems into flower food, such as, Floralife® 200, Flower Food 300 or Floralife® Crystal Clear® hydrating treatment. Follow the directions on the label for proper dosing.


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 Hydration Pretreatment to my flower

    food solution?

A: No. Floralife® Quick Dip Instant Hydration Pretreatment is a hydration product. It is intended to be a pretreatment for the flowers before flower food. Mixing the two products together throws the chemical formulation out of balance and could shorten vase life.


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 vase. Extreme heat causes the sugar to turn yellow, but this is not a problem for the flowers.


Q: When I use Floralife® Flower Food 300 or Floralife® 200 storage and transport treatment

     for cut flowers, a milky 'residue' results, no matter how long I mix the solution.

     Is this a problem?

A: No. Both Floralife® Flower Food 300 and Floralife® 200 storage and transport treatment for cut flowers contain ingredients that create a 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® or Flower Food Clear 300.


Q: Can I use Floralife Crystal Clear® in vases which aren't clear?

A: Yes. Floralife Crystal Clear® will yield a clear solution in any type of vase, but is not recommended for metal containers.


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 use Floralife® Finishing Touch hydration and protection spray on potted plants?

A: Yes. Any plant that benefits from misting will benefit from Floralife® Finishing Touch hydration and protection spray. In our labs we have tested begonia, chrysanthemum, cyclamen, spath, philodendron and diffenbachia, among others.


Q: How often do I need to clean my FloraCare® Dosing System?

A: Once a month. For more detailed instructions, refer to the dosing system page in our product section. 


Q: My Dosing System isn't working. How can I fix it?

A: Please refer to the dosing systems page in our product section.  


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

A: Floralife® Flower Food 300 contains three main ingredients:

     •  A sugar for nutrition,

     •  An acidifier to lower the pH of the water, and

     •  A class of compounds called stem absorption enhancers 


Q: How long is the shelf life of Floralife® products?

A: Our tests indicate consistent product quality for at least 2 years.


Q: Where can I purchase Floralife® products?

A: Floralife® products are available through wholesale florist distributors and some retail florists. If you would like a list of Floralife wholesale distributors in your area, click here


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

A: There are several reasons!

     •  Flowers need more than 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. And they will stay beautiful longer as well.

     •  Consumers rate freshness and longevity of flowers as their top criteria in choosing where to buy

         their flowers.

So using Floralife® Products is just a smart business decision!


The investment in Floralife® Products is a fraction of your investment in your flowers.

So, spend a little…

you’ll save a lot!