Best solution for maximizing vase longevity of Kitayama Brothers stemmed gardenias

Have you seen the latest innovation from Kitayama Brothers? Stemmed gardenias! These beauties are 10 stem bunches of pendulous, fragrant buds, cut at various opening stages from quite green to 1/3 open. Stems are 8-10 inches long with plenty of glossy foliage. Gardenia blooms slowly whorl open which means the flowers open asymmetrically. The flowers and foliage hydrate perfectly—no indication of foliage problems with yellowing or disease. I held the bunches at 34F for several days, but was careful to avoid any blowing air.

The goal was to determine which solutions gave best results in both flower opening and longevity. Comparing several hydration formulas and flower foods, I achieved best results using Chrysal Professional #1 as the first hydrating drink at 34F (representing grower and wholesaler handling) and  transferring stems into Professional #2 low sugar flower food after 3 days at 34F. (Pro #2 represents wholesale/retail handling). And finally vases held at ambient temperature to represent consumer stage. Average vase life was 9 days.


Product cautions:

Always wear plastic gloves to avoid touching petals. Oils in our skin cause petals to discolor.

Avoid cold blowing air. Recommend storing exposed bunches in tropical coolers at 50F.


For more information ask your local wholesaler or email for availability.

Article by Gayle Smith, Technical Manager for Chrysal Americas

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Harvard research confirms that flowers might be the perfect pick-me-up for millions of Americans who do not consider themselves “morning people.”  The morning blahs is a real phenomenon.

Starting the day in a more positive mood, you are likely to transfer happier feelings to others – it’s called mood contagion. The kitchen is the place where families tend to gather in the morning – imagine how big a difference a better morning mood can make.

The study results demonstrate that flowers impact people emotionally at home, causing them to feel less anxious and more compassionate. They even reported a boost of energy that lasted through their day.

So keep people healthier and happier longer by giving those patients longer vase life! 🙂

As the wedding of the year approaches the flower blogs are bursting with flower predictions. At Chrysal we can bet to see flowers everywhere and we are just hoping that the flowers are treated to perform royally.
Here’s a little history about the role of flowers throughout the world.

– In Germany, the bride and groom would hold candles with flowers and ribbons tied to them during the ceremony.
– In India, the grooms brother would sprinkle flower petals over the bride and groom at the end of the wedding ceremony to help ward of any evil spirits.
– In Sweden, the bridesmaids would carry little bouquets of aromatic herbs and the groom would carry thyme in his pockets as they walked down the aisle to scare off any trolls.
– In Austria, the brides would crown their veils with the flowers of life.
– In England, the bride and her bridesmaids would walk to the church together. A small girl would lead them to the church while sprinkling flower blossoms along the path so the bride will have a life filled with flowers and happiness. This tradition is continued in modern weddings that have “flower girls”. We will definitely see a flower girl or two Friday for the big day!

A little history:
The peony is named after Paeon (also spelled Paean), a student of Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine and healing. Asclepius became jealous of his pupil; Zeus saved Paeon from the wrath of Asclepius by turning him into the peony flower

– Prepare a clean vase with RosePro Vase food.
– Follow mixing instructions on label. USE COLD WATER
– Cut 1-2 inches from stems. Immediately place flowers in prepared containers.
– Allow flowers to drink 2-4 hrs minimum before designing.
(Overnight in cooler even better!)
– Flowers can stay in same solution up to 6 days
– Watch solution level-peonies are big drinkers!
– Top up containers with fresh solution ( not tap water)
– Vase life potential ranges 4-7 days depending on variety, cut stage, age & treatments.

Moms deserve only the very best on Mother’s Day!

Success in 3 EASY STEPS

1.  Temperature matters!! Get boxes in coolers fast!Temp stress robs stems of vase life.  Fluctuating temps result in condensation–condensation triggers Botrytis–Botrytis triggers shrink

2.  Start Clean. Sanitize buckets and work table with Chrysal Cleaner.  Fill spray bottle with Cleaner Solution & SPRAY cutters, chopper and tables throughout the day.

3.   Measure when mixing- otherwise you won’t get 100% positive effect from flower food!

  • Prepare buckets before bringing boxes out to process
  • Mix Solutions with cold water.  Add flowers
  • Do not add Ice.  Ice dilutes dose and you end up with bacteria soup- FAST!
  • Never sell or design with roses before they drink flower food for 2 hours minimum

Chrysal, world leaders in premium flower care products recently held their international meeting at their head offices in Naarden, The Netherlands. The meeting was attended by around 50 colleagues from the Dutch head office and its’ subsidiaries around the world with delegates from America, UK, France, Germany, China, Russia, Japan, Sweden, Colombia and the newly formed Chrysal Africa all attending. As well as new product development, the meeting focused heavily on the company’s CSR program including the Chrysal Cares initiative.

Within this program, Chrysal has defined six key pillars, those being climate, materials, supply chain responsibility, employees, fair partner and local involvement and all of these were evident in the presentations given and the actions being undertaken by Chrysal. As a symbol of their efforts trees were planted in the grounds of Chrysal International to help, in part, offset CO2 emissions of colleagues worldwide travel. Detail as to how Chrysal, as a global company, is actively reducing energy consumption, concentrating formulations and reducing packaging were presented as well as taking production to source with the establishment of Chrysal Colombia and more recently Chrysal Africa in Kenya.

The Dutch tradition of getting from A to B by bicycle could hardly be ignored, so company vehicles were parked up and swapped for two wheels when traveling to meeting venues and evening programs, and all involved were appreciative of good weather throughout the days!

International charity Water for People also benefited from the week’s meeting with Chrysal donating Euro 500 to their tireless activities; in their mission to build a world where all people have access to safe drinking water and sanitation, and where no one suffers or dies from a water or sanitation related disease.

Chrysal will continue to look for savings in water, energy, materials and to reduce the company’s carbon footprint worldwide and delegates returned to their own location with a renewed sense of vision and purpose.