It all started back in 1938 when the very first fresh cut flower food was invented by Floralife. Its beginning was a joint venture between a successful commercial grower of roses, William Bussert, and a Chicago, Illinois cut flower wholesaler, James Sykora, Sr. of the Amling Co. Early advertising for Floralife® products featured famous 20th Century-Fox movie star actress, Joan Bennett. With promotional success, additional floral innovations soon followed, leading to the breadth of products available today. 


A privately held company until 2006, the company was sold to Rohm & Hass, the worldwide chemical conglomerate.  Shortly after in January 2007, the Smithers-Oasis Company acquired the organization, as the two product lines are highly complementary. Smithers-Oasis is best known worldwide for its OASIS® brand Floral Foam, the world's first water-absorbing foam invented by V.L. Smithers in 1954. The product revolutionized the floral industry by offering florists a way to hydrate flowers while securing them in the desired arrangement. Today, OASIS® Floral Foam and floral accessories are used by florists around the world.


The corporate headquarters for Floralife is located in Walterboro, South Carolina U.S.A. Among tall pine trees which bring this southern region charm, this facility houses sales, manufacturing, warehousing, and research facilities all under one roof. The Floralife® product line is based upon years of research and development.  With offices and laboratories worldwide in the most important flower trading countries in the world, testing is conducted based upon customer and market needs. Ongoing research has resulted in greater knowledge of the performance of specific plant types, resulting in enhanced products and services.


Additional offices and laboratories are located in: Miami, FL U.S.A. • Kent, OH, U.S.A.  •   Dormagen, Germany  •  ’s-Gravenzande, The Netherlands  •  Nairobi, Kenya, Africa   •  Bogota, Colombia   •   Chunan-city, South Korea  •   Kunming, China and Narobi, Kenya.


With the synergies of both companies, Floralife has expanded with worldwide distribution networks throughout North and South America, Asia, India, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.


Floralife has a long history of involvement in the floriculture industry and is recognized for its active role as a leader in the cut-flower industry.  





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