We’ve all taken a bubble bath at some point, many of us do so quite often to pamper and spoil ourselves. The most important ingredient in a bubble bath of course… the bubbles! There are a gazillion and one type of lotions and potions available for bubbles. Some create tons of foam, others hardly any at all. What is true of all bubble bath solutions is they are at their grandest when first mixed with water. The more the water churns the more foam is made.

Flower foods in some way work on this same principal. Different flower foods contain different ingredients and depending on their composition, physical and chemical properties of the solution, after mixing with water the results can be quite different. The presence of foam on the surface of the water after mixing doesn’t mean it isn’t working, on the contrary! Some of the best performing flower foods tend to foam the most.

The Express line of flower food products from Floralife® is one of those flower foods that tends to foam but that’s just inherent to the product’s composition. What can you do to minimize foam and get on with your flower processing day?

1. Always follow dosing instructions listed on the flower food packaging.

2. Reduce the pressure of the water output to minimize the occurrence of agitation that creates foam.

3. Fill buckets putting hose under the water level to reduce surface agitation.

4. Fill containers 30 minutes prior to processing, foam typically dissipates in that time.

The most important step you can take to make your flowers last the longest is using flower food. Foam on top of your water is a great indicator that your flower food is hard at work. So come on flowers, the water is fine! Jump on in!


Floralife®, a division of Smithers-Oasis, is a worldwide leader in postharvest flower care and handling. Floralife® has been for 80 years and counting, the flower care experts.  Inventors of the first flower food in 1938, since then we’ve continued to partner with our clients to address specific quality concerns and create a line of floral care products suitable to feed, hydrate, nourish and protect at every level in the distribution chain.  As a globally positioned company, we are proud to offer our expertise, consultation and education to anyone in the floral industry seeking knowledge and the tools necessary to provide only the freshest, long-lasting flowers to their customers.