Stocks are strong spikes of thick clusters of beautifully aromatic single or double flowers. Fresh stocks one-third to half of the buds are open; the remaining buds show excellent color and size. Older Stock has the lower third of the blossoms wilted and soft in look. Occasionally these blossoms are stripped and only the middle and tip stay behind. To verify if you are getting a fresh stock you can just count the blossoms. Stock Flower must be 6 or more blossom high.
Stock is helpful as a base for floral arrangements, seeing as the base part of the flower wilts foremost. Start with a base of stock, and then add other flowers around it to hide the bottom blossoms. Stock also appends an exquisite scent to any combination.