Selection, Conditioning, Storage of Cut Flowers and Foliage

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Bactericide

an agent added to a preservative that kills bacteria in the water

Conditioning

the technique of treating flowers to extend their life

Ethylene gas

a naturally occurring gas in flowers that hastens maturity and causes rapid deterioration of cut flowers

Filler flowers

used to fill in the gaps between mass flowers and to give depth to a design

Form flowers

have unusual, distinctive shapes and add emphasis to an arrangement

Hydration

the process of a plant's capillaries carrying water and nutrients up the stem to the leaves and flowers; keeps the flowers fresh

Line flowers

long, slender spikes or blossoms with florets blooming along the stem; bare twigs or other similar type materials are also classified as line flowers; these flowers are used to establish the skeleton of the arrangement

Mass flowers

long-stemmed flowers with large rounded heads and are used inside the framework of the linear flowers toward the focal point

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