Choosing flowers for those with allergies

We have a handful of clients who really love flowers but have a mild to serious allergy problem. These clients love to look at the beautiful blooms but cannot hold them at close distance for fear that they will get the running nose and swollen eyes that will ruin their entire day. It pains us to see that flower lovers unable to appreciate the very blooms that we sell. This is in part because we can’t fulfil the vision of our flower delivery singapore program which is to make these clients smile. No matter how beautiful the bouquet, you can’t really enjoy it with ease with the lingering fear of getting smacked with an allergy. However, all is not lost as there are some flowers which are less likely to trigger allergies.

Allergy

The allergy is not caused by the flower. Instead it is caused by the pollen which the flower releases. Within the pollen, there are antigens which are proteins or carbohydrate structures. When the pollen gets released into the air and comes into contact with the body, the body reacts to the antigen thinking that it is a threat to its immune system. As a result, the body’s produces antibodies to attack the antigen. It is the existence of antibodies in the blood stream that is causing all the unpleasant physical symptoms.

In other words, the body is trying to tell you to stay away from the thing that you have just been exposed to!

Flowers to stay away from

After knowing why you are getting those allergies, one good way to avoid these awkward situation is to stay clear of some type of flowers. These flowers are serious culprits of allergies and includes Asters, Baby Breath, Daises and Sunflowers. We say this because many of these are flowers that we use in our bouquets. Hence if you have an allergy, do let us know and we will try to stay clear away from theses flowers for you.

One word of caution to the would be brides out there. We know that there is baby breaths are increasingly popular in restaurants as well as in wedding reception tables. Some brides even do small bouquets for their bridesmaid with some roses and baby breath. Do check if your bridesmaid have a history of allergy. It will be really awful if your friends who are here to help on your wedding suddenly get a huge allergic reaction from the flowers.

Now that we have got that aside, a question naturally arises. If you avoid these flowers, does it mean you will be safe?

Hybrids

If you are trying to avoid allergies, the best flowers to go for should be hybrids. Hybrids are flowers that were engineered so that they can get the ideal attribute of the original flower. Example will be the Itoh peony, which is the hybrid of the tree peony and the herbaceous peony. Due to the hybridisation, the itoh peony has the wooden stems of the tree peony but also are low to the ground the way herbaceous peonies are.

Hybrids are created by transferring the pollen from one parent flower to another of a different variety. The pollen is taken from the stamen and manually palced in the pistel. Further, the stamens of the plants have to be removed so that the pistels only receive the pollen from the intended flower type. While that may seem easy, it is easier said than done and hybrids often take many years of experimentation to perfect.

Amongst the hybrids, you should choose the ‘double-flower’ variety. This type of hybrids have more petals and have a lower level of pollen. This will help to reduce the incidence of allergies. 

Look for insect pollinated plants

Apart from looking for double flower hybrids, you can also look for flowers which are known to be pollinated by bees and other types of animals. The reason is because flowers with the higher risk of allergies are often those with light pollen that can be carried by wind and thus more easily dispersed. Those which are pollinated by bees are often heavier and thus are less likely to get into your immune system. A good way to find out if the flower is insect pollinated is to see if the flower is brightly coloured. Many a time, these colours are evolutionally meant to attract insects and other animals so as to increase the incidence of pollination. However, we have seen asters and baby breath which have been artificially coloured for commercial use, so do check before you decide to touch those flowers.

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