CO2 TECHNOLOGIES FOR THE FLORAL INDUSTRY 

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It is critical that the floral industry give the consumer longer vase life if we hope to increase industry sales of fresh cut flowers.  The goal of Longer Shelf Life and 
CO2 Technologies is the help those in the
vital link of grower to retailer achieve their goal to give consumers fresher flowers and longer vase life.



CO2 Technologies

CO2 (carbon dioxide) and the Floral Industry

 

Increasing the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere makes it possible to increase the vase life of flowers.  By raising the level of CO2 to 3 to 4 times atmosphere in refrigerated environments the following occurs:

 

· The plants metabolism slows down, and the plants water intake increases

 

· Aerobic bacteria and mold growth is

      inhibited

 

· The lighter ethylene gas and oxygen is displaced with the heavier CO2, inhibiting shedding and senescence.

CO2 and Temperature

 

It has long been documented that flowers will last up to four times longer when kept at

temperatures of 33-35°F from the point of harvest to the time the consumer takes them home. 

 

Increased levels of carbon dioxide helps to raise the heat capacity of the air in refrigerated environments and slows the respiration of the flowers.  Respiration is heat and coolers will remain at lower temperatures when modified with the new CO2 Technologies pads.

CO2 Applications

 

Floral Shipping Boxes

 

In the initial stage of the supply chain, the CO2 pads will displace ethylene, which in post harvest is the plants enemy and will shorten the life of the plant.  The CO2 pads will also inhibit the growth of botrytis.

 

Floral Holding Coolers

 In this part of the supply chain, the modified atmosphere will continue to deplete any ethylene, it will slow down the respiration of the flowers and it will help maintain cooler temperatures in the coolers.

 

Retail Display Cases

 The respiration rate will continue to be very low, and the water

absorption of the flowers will increase, which is important because once the plant loses 10% of its weight (i.e. water), it will die.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON CO2 TECHNOLOGIES PRODUCTS FOR THE FLORAL INDUSTRY
 CONTACT
LONGER SHELF LIFE LLC 
  760-801-0225
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www.LongerShelfLife.com

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