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    Valentine Special

    Valentine's Day is on February 14th. A day that is celebrated worldwide and that revolves around love; a day where lovers surprise each other with the most beautiful flowers.

    Flowers have been used for centuries to express love. For the romantics among us, roses are still the most popular Valentine’s Day’s flowers. The rose, and in particular the red rose, is a symbol of love.

     

    Rose test

    Every year, a few weeks before the Valentine's period, we have a number of red rose varieties tested in the independent testing center of Royal Flora Holland. Our buyer Rob selects a number of well-known varieties of red roses from our most important growers from Ecuador, Kenya and the Netherlands in order to get a good impression of the quality of these roses. In general we can say that the quality is much better than 5 or 6 years ago at this time of year.

    As a company we can therefore  vouch for  the quality of the roses that we sell to our customers. However, the test clearly showed that the roses with cut flower food lasted longer and opened better.

     

    Test students Wellant College

    We also did our own rose test together with a student group from the Wellant College in Rijnsburg. The students wanted to test the quality of three types of roses in the same color but from different countries.
    Our buyer Rob selected three types of orange roses.

    Rosa "Copacabana" from Kenya

    Rosa "Free Spirit" from Ecuador

    Rosa "Clarence" from the Netherlands

    We put one half of each bunch in a clean vase with only fresh water. The other half of the bunch was put in a vase with fresh water with cut flower food.
    In the end it turned out that the different varieties were comparable with regards to vase life.

    But it soon became apparent that the roses with cut flower food opened much better and remained beautiful for much longer. The water of the roses without cut flower food was much more turbid.

     

    FloraPodium, 13 February 2020

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    Testing center Royal Flora Holland

    The roses in the Royal Flora Holland test center. Clearly visible which vases are provided with cut flower food and which are not.

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    Rosetest Wellant College

    Day 1

    Left vase filled with water only.

    Right vase filled with water and cut flower food.

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    Rosa "Copacabana" from Kenia
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    Rosa "Free Spirit" from Ecuador
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    Rosa "Clarence" from the Nederlands

    Day 3

    With the "Copacabana" the first buds are already hanging in the vase without food. Both vases look great on "Free Spirit". The roses in the vase with food are slightly more open. "Clarence" little difference.

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    Rosa "Copacabana" from Kenia
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    Rosa "Free Spirit" from Ecuador
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    Rosa "Clarence" from the Nederlands

    Day 6

    The buds of "Copacabana" without food are all hanging. The roses with flowerfood are all beautiful. "Free Spirit" with flowerfood has opened very nicely. Most without flowerfood as well, but not all. "Clarence" with flowerfood looks nice, the buds are hard. The bus of the vase without flowerfood are soft and limp.

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    Rosa "Copacabana" from Kenia
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    Rosa "Free Spirit" from Ecuador
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    Rosa "Clarence" from the Nederlands

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    1431 GB Aalsmeer
    Tel.: +31 (0)297 386 116
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