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.
BEST TREATMENTS TO KEEP HYDRANGEAS LOOKING GREAT
1) If Hydrangea blooms arrive directly from the grower or if blooms have been dry-packed for two days or more, Chrysal Professional 1 is the best way to turn on the flow.
- Prep buckets with cold water and correctly dose Chrysal Professional 1.
- Remove water/gel baggie (or cotton) from stem ends. Wash off any gel stuck to stem.
- With sharp and clean shears, cut 1-2 inches.
- Cut above old (brown) stem tissue. These blooms only drink efficiently through new (green) stem tissues.
- Allow time. A quick dip in Alum powder or an instant hydrator doesn’t give sustained results.
- Let blooms drink in Professional 1 for a minimum of 4 hrs up to 3 days.
- Once fully hydrated-transfer to Chrysal Professional 2 or vase solution Professional 3.
2) If blooms arrive in buckets, Professional 2 is the solution of choice.
- Prepare buckets with cold water and Professional 2.
- Check stem ends and remove water baggies. Wash off any gel stuck to stems.
- Give a fresh cut into green tissues. Sugars in Professional 2 solution keep flowers turgid.
- Allow plenty of room so moisture on florets evaporate BEFORE moving flowers into cooler.
- Prep bucket with Chrysal Professional 1 solution.
- Use COLD water.
- Follow dosing instructions (2ml/liter).
- Remove any gel baggies or wet cotton on stem ends. Rinse off gel.
- With a sharp, clean knife cut off 1 inch from stems.
- Let flowers hydrate overnight BEFORE using in arrangements and design work.
- No foam. Do not crush, boil or burn stems.
- Avoid dripping on blooms.
The holiday season is upon us… Do you know all there is to know about Poinsettias? Here is some general information, store handling, and care tips for consumers.
Are they poisonous? Poinsettias are NOT poisonous and there is plenty of research to prove it. Of course, the plant is NOT for consumption.
What are their light needs? Get plants out of boxes ASAP. Plants suffer if held too long in boxes. Leaves will yellow. It is best to display poinsettias in bright, indirect light (not direct sunlight) and away from heater drafts.
Are they cold sensitive? YES, wrap the plants well and remind customers that chill damage happens at temps colder than 38F for more than 30 minutes. Poinsettias are happiest between 60F—75F.
Are they ethylene sensitive? Plants are moderately sensitive. Internal ethylene production is triggered when bracts are bent upward as when plants are lifted up and out of sleeves. The upward motion of bracts triggers an ethylene response.
Prevention: Ask growers to ship with Chrysal Ethylene Buster sachets in boxes.
Avoid ethylene exposure from:
-exhaust from combustion engines, space heaters
–smoke from cigarettes, BBQs, fireplaces, air pollution
–Douglas Fir and Redwood cut foliage
–storing in closed area with boxes of deco moss
What is epinasty? A horticultural term describing plants that appear wilted, but are not revived when watered. To prevent epinasty, un-sleeve plants by tearing open the sleeve from the bottom rather than pushing the pot up from the bottom.
What is leaf drop? Irregular irrigation, low-light intensity, warm temperature, and low relative humidity make leaf drop a common disorder.
How do I water? Never let the plant sit in water—roots drown. Water every 7-8 days depending on temperature of the house. Allow water flow through soil to flush salts completely out of soil profile and ample time for pot to drip dry (2-3 hours) before placing in display location.
Broken bracts as cut flowers? Yes as long as stems are fully hydrated. Hydrate broken bracts in Chrysal Professional #1 for 2-4 hours at ambient. Make sure solution level is deep enough to act as a liquid band-aide to seal and clean latex flow from wounded areas on stems. When bracts are hydrated, design w/o giving a fresh cut. Display designs outside of cooler.
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
Lilac & viburnum
Lilac, (Syringa vulgaris), is the beautiful cousin in a family tree that includes the less attractive, but more versatile cousins of the olive family. Lilac is native to the Balkan Peninsula, where it grows on rocky hillsides. But how do you handle your Lilac’s?
Two Treatment Choices:
- Professional #1 – gets the flow going and opens the internal plumbing system of woodies.
- Professional #2 – The preferred treatment of Dutch growers because it provides double-duty: Pro#2 kick-starts flow AND provides the energy to keep all those florets looking great.
- Professional #1 – 2ml per liter (very lean). Slightly shy of 2 teaspoons per gallon.
- Professional #2 – Double concentrate is 5ml per liter or 4 teaspoons per gallon.
- Professional #2 – Original formula = 10ml/liter.
Length of treatment time:
- Overnight drink is best, up to 7 days in cooler.
- Safe to dump spent bucket solutions in drain.
- Rinse out concentrate jug before disposing.
Please don’t pound stems -Pounding is old school!
Pounding woody stems causes far more problems than good.
- Wounded tissues cannot drink – in fact, pounding causes a juice bar for bacteria that explode in the organic juices and dead cells floating in the water.
- Pounding also triggers internal ethylene production as a stress response. Ethylene causes floret drop. Shortens vase life.
- Pounding is out. Sharp, clean shears are in!
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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