Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Spring is in the Air - Harvesting Boronia

Did you know Boronias and Citrus are both part of the Rutaceae family? Here on the farm we definitely know 'spring is in the air' when Boronia is being harvested. This amazing flower has such a wonderful, lemony fragrance which is sought after for the vase as well as the garden. Its small, bell-like flowers are attached to each stem, along with delicate deep green leaves. There are currently over 95 species in the Boronia genus, but only a few are being grown and harvested for cut flowers. 

Boronia blooms in a rainbow of colors ranging from: hot pink to purple, brown, green, yellow and white and they have interesting names like: Purple Jared, Moonglow, Lutea, Magastigma, Aussie Rose and Lipstick. 

Here's what to look for when selecting Boronia:

  1. Buy when at lest 1/2 the flowers in a bunch are open and brightly colored.  
  2. Choose bunches with a strong scent. 
  3. Avoid bunches with wilted tips, yellow leaves or signs of flower drop.

And, some special care tips too:

  1. Keep cool at all times. 
  2. Strip leaves from the bottom half of each stem and wash stems thoroughly. 
  3. Re-Cut at least 1/2 of each stem and place in cold water. 
  4. Always use a preservative as this will help keep open flowers looking fresh. 
  5. Replace water with preservative enhanced water every day. 
  6. Misting is a great idea, Boronia absorbs water through the leaves and flowers. 
  7. Wilted bunches can be revived by submerging the whole bunch in cold water for 2 hours.
When Boronia's are mixed with other colorful flowers and foliage it certainly 'Looks' and 'Smells' a lot like springtime!

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