Cut flowers

Joyce, Daryl and Faragher, John (2012). Cut flowers. In Debbie Rees, Graham Farrell and John Orchard (Ed.), Crop post-harvest science and technology: Perishables (pp. 414-438) Hoboken, NJ, United States: Blackwell Publishing. doi:10.1002/9781444354652.ch19

Author Joyce, Daryl
Faragher, John
Title of chapter Cut flowers
Title of book Crop post-harvest science and technology: Perishables
Place of Publication Hoboken, NJ, United States
Publisher Blackwell Publishing
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
DOI 10.1002/9781444354652.ch19
ISBN 9781444354652
Editor Debbie Rees
Graham Farrell
John Orchard
Chapter number 19
Start page 414
End page 438
Total pages 25
Total chapters 19
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Cut flowers and foliage represent an important international industry, with an estimated world trade of approximately $US4.6 billion per year (Staby & Robertson 1982; Behe 1993; Wills et al. 1998; Laws 2002). Their farmgate value is high and they are utilised in value-adding operations, such as bunching in bouquets. Aesthetically, cut flowers contribute to the general quality of life through their natural beauty. They are the subject of fashion and the articles of design (Figure 19.1). Cut flower types and colours are associated with social trends (e.g. sunflowers have regained popularity in recent times). Cut flowers are used to convey special messages (e.g. on Mothers’ Day and St Valentine’s Day).
     Flowers are often transported long distances, under adverse conditions, from the place of production to markets (e.g. from southern hemisphere and tropical countries to Europe, United States and Japan). This makes good postharvest handling imperative, but often difficult. Postharvest losses during marketing of cut flowers within the United States have been estimated to be 20% (Hardenburg et al. 1986).
     The ornamentals industry covers a broad range of product types, including fresh and preserved (e.g. dried) cut flowers and foliage and potted seedling, foliage and flowering plants (Gross et al. 2004; Wills et al. 1998; Reid 2002). This overview focuses on fresh flowers, but also considers preserved flowers (Joyce 1998).
Keyword Cut flowers
Social trends
Ornamentals industry
Q-Index Code BX
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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