Common Names: Stock, Matthiola, Gillyflower

Botanical names: Matthiola, (ma-THEE-oh-lah)

Availability: Year round; January through October is peak season

Vase life: 5 to 8 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). In 16th century Saxony, people bred new colors of stock but each village was only allowed one color in order to keep the shades distinct.

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.

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