Cut Flowers of the World Revised Edition

Identification, Production and Post-harvest Handling

April 2020
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  • Publisher
  • Published
    17th April
  • ISBN 9781789241334
  • Language English
  • Pages 472 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"
  • Images color photos throughout

This full-color photographic guide describes and illustrates over 350 different species of widely used cut flowers and foliage plants. Cut Flowers of the World is a user-friendly but scientifically accurate, quick reference guide to the most important commercial cut flowers, foliage greens and potted flowers that are sold in florist shops all over the world. This second edition has been expanded to include updated cultivar photos, and a new section on the practical aspects of cut flower production.

For each flower, the following information is given: description of the plant; geographical origin; historical overview; cultivation; properties such as colors, scent and vase life; quality criteria (how to select for quality); and the proper care and handling of the flowers. Also included are introductory chapters on basic aspects such as cultivation methods, harvesting and shipping techniques, cultivar development, and modern trends in marketing.

1: Preface
2: Introduction
Section 1: Introductory Material
3: History of flowers
4: The language of flowers
5: Regions of origin
6: The modern cut flower industry
7: Main production areas
8: From breeder to consumer
9: Cultivars and breeding
10: Cultivation of cut flowers
11: Harvesting of cut flowers
12: Post-harvest treatment of cut flowers
13: Marketing of cut flowers
14: Properties of cut flowers
15: Quality criteria
16: Care and handling of fresh cut flowers
17: Care and handling of dried flowers
18: Care and handling of cut greens and foliage
19: Care and handling of potted flowers
Section 2: Cut Flowers in Alphabetical Order
20: Common name indexes
21: Overview of cut flower production
22: Quick guide to commercialised florist flowers
23: Glossary of terms
Section 3: Concluding Material

Johannes Maree

Johannes Maree is at University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

Ben-Erik van Wyk

Ben-Erik van Wyk is a Professor of Botany and holds the DST-NRF National Research Chair in Indigenous Plant Use at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. He has a research interest in systematic botany and plant utilization.