If a college admissions officer had to choose which flower to grant admissions to, it would most definitely be a Chrysanthemum. These “well-rounded” flowers were first cultivated in China as early as the 15th century BC. The Chrysanthemum can be found in a wide range of colors, from purple, white, and yellow, to pink and orange. The mums name comes from the Greek meaning “golden flower” historically chrysanthemums were primarily yellow flowered.
There is such a variety of “Mums” in the United States, that a system of classification was created to categorize and identify them. Japan even has a national Chrysanthemum Day, which represents a day of happiness. In Australia the Chrysanthemum is the traditional flower given to mothers every May to celebrate their special day.
The Chrysanthemum has even been proven by NASA’s clean air study, to reduce the emissions of indoor air pollution. Extracts of this unique, but common flower can be used as a medicine, including treatment for HIV. Even John Steinbeck, one of the most prolific authors in United States history wrote a short story entitled “The Chrysanthemums.”
There are many reasons to enjoy these beautiful flowers, and it all starts with handling them right!
Vase Life: 8-10 days, often even longer.
Care and Handling Tips:
- Respect temperature parameters. Store flowers at 34-38F.
- Avoid high temperatures because overheating causes foliage to yellow
- Avoid dripping on flower heads to reduce Botrytis potential
- Give breathing room when filling buckets.
- Chrysanths need clean solutions (Chrysal Professional #1 hydration) to insure good flow, but are not particularly sugar-needy (flower food).
- Recommend to give a clean cut, no ABSOLUTELY do not pound stems!
- Give stems a fresh cut. Place in Chrysal Professional #2 processing solution (low sugar)
- Allow bunches to drink for 2-4 hours before using in design or placing on sales floor
- Start clean. Gives stems a fresh cut
- Fill vases with Chrysal flower food according to direction
- Top-up with fresh food, not tap water
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