Flower Transport Gel (FTG)
Advantages of F.T.G.
- No need for large buckets of water.
- Less weight to transport.
- Saves costs in transport.
- Flowers can be transported horizontally.
- More quantity in less space.
- Keeps flowers fresh during transport.
- No more spilt water during transport.
- Flowers can be sent to reseller immediately
Disadvantages of F.T.G.
- When spilt the floor will be slippery.
- Little extra work when packing flowers.
Where can F.T.G. be used?
During the harvesting process
Cut flowers that are harvested under warm/low humidity conditions can be put in the gel directly after harvesting. F.T.G. improves the condition and the freshness of the flower dramatically during transport.
When cut flowers are sorted and packed they can be put in the gel to improve the storage life. Depending on the temperature, humidity and the length of the storage, the flowers will use the F.T.G. to stay fresh. Flowers can be stored in F.T.G. for 4 to 5 days, under cool conditions. If the storage temperatures are to high the flowers will use more of the nutrients and they will stay fresh for a shorter period of time.
Cut flowers have a travel time of at least 3 to 5 days, F.T.G. improves the quality of the flowers due to the availability of water and nutrients. For products which are normally transported on water, the freight costs will be reduced enormously due to less weight without the buckets of water. And of course the higher quantity in less space, because the flowers can be packed horizontally.
Consumer quality improvement:
When the consumer buys a bunch of flowers at the florist, and this bunch is packed on F.T.G., they will not have any trouble with wet stems in the back of their car. And when the consumer buys the flowers as a gift, the flowers can be kept on the gel until they are given as a present. The receiving consumer can easily wash off the gel with water because it is environmental friendly. Because these flowers were packed on F.T.G. their vase life will be much longer, having had water and nutrient all the time.
Which problems can be solved:
Weak stems during and after harvesting under warm conditions
Dried stems during transport and storage.
No splashing water in a bucket, so the flowers stay dry.
No more unnecessary weight of buckets filled with water.