Colour range: Yellow, apricot, scarlet, rose-red, pink, salmon-pink, soft pink, crimson, mauve, purple, blue
Typical vase life: 6–10 days
Stem length: 30–60 cm depending on the season and growing conditions
Number of stems per bunch: Variable
Buying tips: Buy when more than 30% of the flowers are open. The flowers must be open when picked. Check for clean, straight stems, without brown or dry flowers or yellow leaves.
Care and handling: Recut stems and remove the bottom leaves, as flower food can damage the foliage. Remove plastic sleeves to avoid blackening of foliage.
Special notes: Modern hybrids are available with stronger, longer stems and more compact flowers. These may also be less prone to leaf yellowing.
Design uses in floristry: Transitional and focal flowers, most suitable for mixed bunches and arrangements.