Mother’s Day is one of the biggest floral holidays and it’s less than two weeks away (May 8th). It’s very important to be prepared for a holiday as big as this one. If you haven’t started to prepare, here is a list of things to get you through the holiday and ensure the freshest blooms for your clients.
The leaves are changing, the smell of pumpkin spiced lattes is in the air and everyone wants to decorate for fall. Fall designs tend to include lots of non-flower botanicals like pumpkins on a stick, leaves and sprigs of wheat. Add the sunflowers and gerberas and the water quality is compromised. The sugar in flower food, so important for flower color and longevity is not too important for leaves and grasses, but super-clean water is. Here is how to care for fall flowers.
Why use Flower Food this Autumn?
One of the beauties of grasses, wheat, twigs, wheat, and millet is that they do not require special treatment. Studies conducted by Chrysal UK technicians for a large chain found that bucket water exploded with bacteria and pollutants when bouquets included “autumn” items. Tests showed Professional Gerbera solutions gave the best pollution control when these non-flowering items were pretreated to rid stems of dust, bacteria and germs before elements were placed in mixed bouquets. The pills are a one-time use solution and are active up to 3 days.
If berried branches are part of your autumn and winter flower program, avoid exposing the product to sources of ethylene gas which includes exhaust from combustion engines, cigarette and BBQ smoke, rotting green trash (both bacteria and Botrytis produce ethylene). Always store sphagnum moss (another source of ethylene gas) apart from flowers and berries. Empty and wash out trash cans regularly.
Use flower food when soaking foam, it will keep the water fresh and provide extra vase life to your arrangements.
Here are some fall delights brought to you by Dos Gringos in California.
Here’s a valuable and cost efficient tip for longer lasting hydrangeas.
Use a potato peeler & Chrysal Hydration Solution.
Yup, you read correctly we said a potato peeler and Chrysal Professional #1 Hydration solution.
Watch our technical manager explain how to prolong vase life for those thirsty hydrangeas:
Heavenly Hydrangeas in five steps:
- Prepare hydration solutions with cold water
- Cut stems with clean, sharp shears
- Immediately transfer stems into solution
- Allow 12-48 hrs for cells to completely fill with clean, acidic solution
- Once blooms are turgid, transfer blooms into a professional holding solution to introduce glucose, which keeps petal tissues firm and provides energy for flower heads to continue opening for up to 11 days
How creative can you get with $7.50? Here is a great summer floral solution.
Is “one size fits all” your MO for processing cuts as they reach your shop? Using one solution for everything may simplify flower prep, but is it efficient? No, not when working with asclepias, ammi majus, calendula, callas, celosia, cockscomb, dahlias, echinacea, echinops, fever few, frittilaria, lavender, salvia, sedum, sunflowers, zinnias —cool summer flowers with attitude.
Botany brush up:
Blooms sag because something is blocking the plumbing system (botanically know as xylem) in stems. That something is generally bacteria exploding in the organic juices and enzymes blooms exude when cut. Xylem consists of vessel elements, which are short tubes with pits regulating solution flow.
The size of these tubes varies among flower types. The smaller the tubes, the more difficult it is to boost flow through the stem. Hydration is all about jump-starting flow–flushing the lines, so to speak. Summer flowers are prone to “bleeding” when cut. Bacteria explodes in this juice bar and effectively blocks the plumbing system.
The Cure: Give summer flowers a first drink of solution made with Professional Gerbera pills. It’s easy to use: prep buckets using one pill per 1 gallon cold water. Allow blooms to drink 8—48 hours so stem tissues are clean inside and out, ready for design magic.
A solution that costs less than a dime per gallon effectively reduces flower waste. Fine-tuning processing procedures makes sense because less waste means more $$$ to the bottom line. Happy summer sales!
Having trouble hydrating these beauties? Alum stem dip not giving consistent results? Do you use warm water to fill vases?
Maybe pounding is your preferred method of stem prep. Perhaps you submerge the entire flower head… Here are a few tips on how to care for fresh cut hydrangeas.
HYDRANGEA Processing for Consistent Results
1. Prepare bucket solution with cold water–cold moves faster through stems than warm
3. Using a clean, sharp knife or flower cutters– cut above old tissues (above any brown stem tissue). Cut an inch off to remove all the gunk lodged in bottom of stem that stops flow. Let blooms drink hydration solution for at least 4 hours–overnight even better.
5. If designing blooms without a water source, prep as listed about, design and then wrap stems with Arrive Alive. Dip Arrive Alive sponge in Chrysal Professional #3 or Rose Pro Vase food for 1-10 seconds and add the outer plastic bag. Secure rubber band above foam to prevent leaks
6. When temps soar–spray bloom and foliage with Hawaiian Floral mist (a light spray 1 x a day is adequate). Allow blooms to dry completely before placing in cooler.
Should you strip your roses is a common question that many ask during Valentine’s Day prep. This popular Valentine’s Day topic comes with many varying opinions. Many feel that stripping roses of thorns and foliage creates a cleaner product for the end customer. While this might be true, removing thorns and foliage does have its disadvantages. Consider these truths about stem stripping roses before deciding to get rid of thorns and foliage.
Things to consider
When you remove thorns, wounds and holes are created which can become disease entry ports for bacteria. This can be extremely damaging for the life of your roses. Removing foliage has its advantages and disadvantages. Foliage helps with the hydration process so many argue you should not strip foliage from a rose. Specialized cells on the undersurface of rose foliage help pull solution up into the flower head, allowing for efficient hydration. However, foliage that is submerged in water is susceptible to bacteria growth. So you must be careful with your foliage if you plan to leave it on the stem. We recommend to leave foliage on the stem but out of the water. Removing only the foliage from the portion of stems that will be submerged in water will lead to both longer vase life and effective hydration.
If you are planning to strip your roses this year, Chrysal’s Flower Stem Stripper is the perfect tool because it removes the foliage without damaging the stem. It also helps to remove the sharp tip of the thorn without completely removing the entire thorn (preventing the creation of wounds and holes that can develop bacteria).
If you really want to impress your customers this Valentine’s Day, be sure to show your flowers some love by treating them with the proper solution. Always remember that happy flowers lead to happy customers! Whether your looking for a solution for storing and transporting your flowers, or a solution for your beautiful floral arrangements you have on display, Chrysal offers many different solutions for different purposes. It’s important to understand what is the best solution for your flowers.
Dehydration is good for nobody, not even your flowers. It’s common for bacteria to clog stems, impeding water flow through the flowers plumbing system. Any treatment used must at least include a clarifier to keep bacteria under control. Water alone does not fit this profile. Chrysal Professional #1 is a conditioning product for all cut flowers that stimulates the rehydration of flowers after a period of dry transportation. It increases vase life by up to 30% versus water alone. For roses, Chrysal RosePro Hydration Solution really does the trick. This Valentine’s Day, treat your customers with the most beautiful roses by using RosePro Hydration solution. Any product that has been dry for an extended period of time benefits from a hydration boost (Gerberas, spray and garden roses, veronica, clematis, hydrangeas to name a few).
Transport and Holding Solution
For storing your Valentine’s flowers in floral buckets, keep them in optimum condition by using Chrysal Professional #2. Chrysal Professional #2 is great for transportation and holding purposes. It contains just enough nutrients for the natural development of the flowers, without stimulating a full development in this part of the chain. It stimulates water uptake and keeps flowers and foliage in an optimum condition.
Vase and Foam Solution
As Valentine’s Day approaches, it’s important to impress your customers with floral arrangements that keep their beauty and remain in optimal condition for as long as possible. This is what Chrysal Professional #3 helps to achieve. Chrysal Professional #3 is a solution designed to keep your flowers in peak condition so they stay as beautiful as ever in your arrangements. The solution prolongs vase life by up to 60% versus water alone and also allows the flowers to maintain their true colors while reducing fading. For your vases, be sure to use Chrysal Professional #3 solution for the best results. Your customers will notice.
It is extremely important to get an early start on your Valentines Day preparation. We feel that a clean start is always the best start. In order to make sure your Valentine Flowers will look beautiful and maintain optimal freshness throughout the season, it is important to start clean by following Chrysal’s best floral cleaning practices. For the best results, use Chrysal Professional Cleaner. Chrysal Professional Cleaner is a flower friendly cleaning agent ideal for all buckets, vases, containers, work tables, walls and coolers. Easy to use and biodegrable formula. More efficient than bleach and smells better too! Here are some care and handling tips for keeping your floral buckets and tools clean.
- Prepare your cleaning solution with cold water and with proper dosage in a spray bottle. Correct dose ensures 100% efficiency!
- Spray buckets and tools with your cleaning agent and scrub using a scrub brush
- With buckets, make sure your are cleaning the inside, outside and even the bottom of your buckets (if your stacking)
- Once your work station, buckets and tools are cleaned, rinse off the remaining cleaning solution residue with water (For a more efficient clean, let the cleaner sit for a few minutes before rinsing off your tools and buckets)
- Make sure you are also cleaning and wiping down all work tables and stations
- Clean frequently throughout the day (3-5 times a day is recommended but will vary based on work performed)
Check out our Youtube page ChrysalCares for videos on proper cleaning procedures as well as many other care and handling tips!
Chrysal is proud to announce that Hakbijl Glass is now available in North America. Hakbijl Glass is a family owned company who have been producing glass since 1931.
Hakbijl Glass is European market leader in designing and selling decorative glass objects, such as vases, platters and pots. With Hakbijl’s unique collection they continuously stay on top of international trends.
Chrysal takes great pride in our top quality care products for cut flowers and plants. Chrysal’s products always highlight the beauty of cut flowers and Chrysal believes that every bloom deserves a beautiful vase. Therefore Chrysal has partnered with Hakbijl to distribute top quality and unique designed vases in the Americas. With similar Dutch roots and a rich history in the horticultural industry, Chrysal and Hakbijl are an ideal match.
Here are a few styles available from Chrysal Americas: