CELEBRATE MARCH WITH OUR FLOWER OF THE MONTH: IRIS

The Iris is a member of the Iridaceae family and the total amount of species in the wild adds up to approximately 300! They exist particularly in the northern temperate climate zones. The flowers grow from bulbs that have a talent for survival – the plant can cope with dry, cold and damp areas. There is also a rather high probability that the flower originates from Central Asia, meanwhile the popular cultivated Irises originate from bulbs that developed in Spain, Portugal and North Africa.

 

OZ Export - Flower Export - IrisPhoto credits go to funnyhowflowersdoit.co.uk

 

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DUTCH AND GERMAN IRIS GROUP

The most common flower is the ‘Dutch Iris Group’, with a slender and elegant stem and flower – that one is available in many shades of blue ranging from sky blue to steel blue and lilac. There are also yellow, white and even bi-coloured Irises. The German Iris from the ‘Germanica Group’ is offered in a wide range of colours, has coarser flowers and has threads on the lower blade that resemble a beard. They are therefore known as bearded Irises.

 

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From left to right: Iris Apollo followed by Blue Magic and Casablanca.

 

IRIS INSPIRATION THAT MAKES YOUR CUSTOMERS HAPPY

During the lovely, warm and sunny Spring days, we usually get enough of the happy vibes from the outside. However, what do you do when it’s one of those rainy and chilly days? These days you simply wish the sun was still shining and you did not have to stay at home the whole day. But what if we prepare for it in advance by using the beautiful Iris to make Spring at home? This is rather easy. Mix Irises with stunning Tulips – create a palette of gentle colours mixed together into a soft blend of purple, pink and red shades.

 

OZ Export - Flower Export - Iris - Bouquet  Photo credits of this stunning bouquet go to bouqs.com

 

What to look for when buying Irises

Here are four professional tips on what to look for when you buy Iris cut flowers:

  1. Check length, weight and ripeness of flowers.
  2. Check for empty buds.
  3. Iris must be free of pests and diseases. Watch out for botrytis (grey mould).
  4. Drooping, dry or shrivelled flower stems indicates that the flowers are old and have been stored for too long. If you buy Irises in the OZ Export webshop, we guarantee that you’ll get healty flowers.

 

Care tips for the flower professionals

If you give your flowers a bit of tender love and care, TLC, then they will thank you by showing of their beauty even longer! We have listed a few tips for Iris cut flowers specifically:

  • Trim 3-5 cm off the stems with sharp secateurs or a sharp knife. Place Irises in clean buckets or vases with clean water.
  • Add a preservative specially designed for bulb flowers. This food ensures that the flowers open properly and have a good vase life. Chrysal has a lot of good options for you.
  • The flowers should not be allowed to be damp as a result of excessive humidity or condensation. This will encourage botrytis, which rapidly diminishes the decorative value.
  • Irises can be stored in the cold store at 2°C, preferably upright in order to prevent them growing crooked. The shorter the storage time, the better the flower will last in the vase.

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Photo credits go to funnyhowflowersdoit.co.uk

 

WELCOME SPRING TO YOUR STORE

Are you all set to kick off the gorgeous and uplifting Spring season? Check out all our Iris varieties in our webshop or app!

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