Common Names: Stock, Matthiola
Botanical names: Matthiola, (ma-THEE-oh-lah)
Availability: Year round; January through October is peak season
Vase life: 5 to 7 days
Storage temperatures: 36 - 38 degrees Fahrenheit
Ethylene Sensitive: Yes
Description: Fragrant, tightly clustered one inch florets on a spike topping a single stem.
Color: White, red, pink, cream, purple, lilac, yellow, peach
Botanical facts: This flower was named after the Italian botanist Pierandrea Mattioli (1500-1577).
Design notes: These beautiful blossoms add line and mass to mixed arrangements.
Purchasing hints: Purchase when one half to two thirds of the florets are open. Stems should be straight and sturdy. Avoid any stems with the lower florets decaying, or any signs of mildew.
Conditioning: Remove all foliage that will be below the waterline. Cut with a sharp knife. Hydrate in a solution of water and commercial floral preservative / floral food for two hours before storage or usage.
Additional notes: Stock is susceptible to mildew. Change the water solution frequently.