Would you serve a lion fancy feast cat food? Probably not!

Would you serve your cat a big fat piece of Zebra meat? Probably not!

So why give roses a packet of bulb flower food.

All cut flowers benefit from the active ingredients in a cut flower food by absorbing those through the cut surface at the stem end. Like different animals their needs differ from flower to flower. This depends on on their sensitivity to post-harvest stress. For instance the Rose is a woody stemmed flower that is similar to Hydrangeas in the fact that they need lots and lots of Hydration solution.  Bulb flowers such as Tulips, Lilies, etc. need less sugars in their food than the sugar loving Rose.

These following factors are important for fine-tuning the composition of a cut flower per flower type:

  • flower petal development (shape,size,scent,color)
  • water pollution (turbid water, nasty smell, stem discoloration, bent-neck, limp stems/leaves and flowers, vascular blockage.
  • lack or surplus of plant growth regulators (leaf yellowing premature aging, petal and leaf drop, stem elongation)
  • toxins released by other flowers (Narcissus slime, greens).

When faced with  flower-specific  problem remember that there are special cut flower foods developed specially for that flower.

Chrysal has developed special cut flower foods for flowers such as: Roses, Lilies, Tulips (all bulbous flowers), mixed bouquets and many more.


For Roses & woody stemmed flowers



Penny wise, pound foolish

The composition of cut flower food is fine-tuned in vase life test, in order to get flower development to mimic as if the plant were still intact and to achieve maximum flower performance.  The results of these test are based on precise dosing of its components, which is critical for the test results.

Consequently the composition of cut flower food is based on these findings.  Over- and under-dosing will give sub-optimal or even adverse effects on flowers’ vase life.  Under-dosing is the most critical.  So, although you think you save money by going easy on the flower food, you will end up having no value for your money.  Let’s list the problems due to under- or overdosing.

Skinny or fat?

Below 80% of the recommended dosage, the following problems may occur:

  • abundant growth of micro-organisms
  • bad smell
  • turbid solution
  • stem discoloration
  • lack of flower petal, shape, color and scent development
  • limp flower petals
  • limp leaves
  • leaf yellowing
  • poor flower opening

Above 150% of the recommended dosage, the following problems may occur:

  • leaf burning
  • leaf damage
  • stem discoloration

“April shower’s bring May flowers.” Every May high school seniors have the opportunity to attend their senior prom, arguably the most memorable extracurricular scholastic event. A beautiful compliment to the tuxedo’s, dress’s, and limos, are corsages and boutonnieres. Flowers can make your prom date feel special, and shows how considerate you are for your date. It’s important to create a matching corsage and boutonniere combination in accordance to the dress/tux color. Prom is clearly an event, and has been demonstrated on television shows like MTV’s Laguna Beach, and more recently FOX’s hit teen drama Glee. If art imitates life then the popular teen drama Glee shows Prom flowers are more traditional this year.  Carnations, Gardenias and simple ribbons adorned the wrists of the two major Glee beauties.  The guys wore simple and matching boutonnieres.  Blogs and websites are advising seniors that it is best to get corsages and boutonnieres on the day of the event to ensure freshness. To enhance your prom flowers, Chrysal glory is the ideal spray on liquid shield that reduces evaporation, prevents browning and combats deterioration. This ensures that all guys will remain “Prom Royalty,” and will have their dates impressed when their corsage is presented. Guys can also make the night memorable by providing their date with a fresh bouquet to complement the corsage. The way seniors dress for their prom, or even how they get to their prom will always be changing, but one thing is for sure to remain constant, flowers!

A GLEE-ful Prom:

Chrysal Professional Glory:

  • Holding spray for flowers and foliage reducing moisture loss
  • For use with foam arrangements, buttonholes, corsages etc.
  • Odorless and stainless

  • Retards deterioration

How to use

Chrysal Professional Glory:

Step 1. Shake well before use.

Step 2. Remove wax residue from tip of nozzle

Step 3. Spray from a distance of 10″-16″ (25-40 cm)



Flowers aren’t just for funerals and weddings anymore. Traditionally we can recognize the use of flowers in a more trite fashion like at a wedding or a funeral, or on Mother’s or Valentine’s Day. Today, flowers are used in situations outside the confines of a church or a funeral home. Fresh cut flowers liter the sets of network television shows such as NBC’s the Today Show and Tonight Show. Take the set of Emmy winner Conan O’Brien for example; shiny plants and fresh flowers (usually sunflowers) enhance an already illuminative set. So, how exactly do flowers actually supplement comedy in the media?


Perhaps the funniest family comedy ever written, ABC’s Modern Family, uses an abundance of flowers to demonstrate its style of comical relief. Either used as a prop or a background for the set, flowers are constantly shown. The show features three very different immediate families who are all part of the same family. One of the families, Mitch and Cam are so infatuated with flowers they even named their own adopted daughter Lilly. All three households on the sitcom/mockumentary are lavishly decorated with bouquets throughout the home. An average viewer probably doesn’t recognize the use of flowers, however that’s the point, flowers are part of the norm. It’s refreshing to know that these shows are using flowers as an added attraction to its viewership. Several studies have shown that flowers bring people happiness. One specific study has shown that people who receive one or more bouquets of flowers over a two week span showed an immediate improvement in mood and sociability. Remember to décor your home with a fresh bouquet from time to time, it may even make your family more Modern.


Flowers to START your day!

Nice way to END your day with flowers!





What is piercing?

When discussing care and handling of Tulips this question always arises.  But what is it?

It is pinching a hole in the Tulip stem just under the bloom, with a needle or (safety) pin.

True or Myth?

Little research has been done on this Tulip piercing topic.  Sometimes there was an effect on bending, and piercing the stem was brought forward as being responsible for the reduction of this effect, but never consistently.

So why piercing?

One reason to pierce could be the formation of callus tissue on the cutting surface, which promotes stiffness of the stem and reduces the elongation of the stem.

A second reason behind piercing stems is to get rid of the so called air bubbles  in the stem.  This might be a problem when Tulip are put into tap water only.  In general we advise not to pierce the Tulip stems.  The risk of rotting outweighs the benefits.

What should you do?

  • Buy Tulip that have been treated with Chrysal BVB.  This treatment will make sure that enlogation is reduced enormously
  • Fill buckets with cold or pre-chilled water and Chrysal bulb food T-Bag, then add flowers
  • Buy Tulip that already show color.  Green Tulip will have difficulties to develop into nice flowers in the vase
  • Always (re)cut the stem before putting the flowers in the vase
  • Leave the Tulip in the sleeve and put them in a vase/bucket with water in a dark spot for a couple hours
  • Use Chrysal specialty cut flower food for Tulip or Chrysal bulb food.  This food will also reduce the browning of the leaf tips
  • Using a cut flower food, particularly the Chrysal specialties for bulbous flowers or Tulip cut flower food, will solve water uptake problems

For Chrysal Bulb Flower Food samples email: info@chrysalusa.com


How to use pH strips

Normal tap water has a pH range of 6-9.  The ideal pH range for your floral bucket and vase water is between 3.5-5.0.  It is important for your floral water to have a lower pH reading of 3.5-5.0 because flowers like the acidity and will have more water uptake.

Chrysal Professional products are specially designed to lower the pH of tap water to a flower friendly range, between 3.5-5.0 when mixed correctly  Chrysal Treatments also help to control the water quality by maintaining the clarity and inhibiting the odor of bucket water for up to six days.

pH levels below 3.5 can cause stem discoloration.

pH levels above 5.0 can cause increased water problems.


Directions for Use:

1.  Dip one test strip into your floral bucket water that has been processed with a Chrysal treatment.

2.  Hold the test strip under water until the color on the test strip stops changing colors.  This should take less than 5 seconds.

3.  Match the used test strip examples on the outside of the test strip package to find the pH reading.

4.  If the pH readings are below 3.5 or above 5.0, we recommend that you reprocess your floral solution.

5.  Randomly test your bucket water at least once a week to confirm that you are dosing correctly.

6.  Make sure that you are using the correct amount of water when filling your buckets.  Too much or too little water can drastically affect your pH reading.

Here’s a video on why measuring your floral bucket pH is important:

How to measure ph


The Clean CUT!

(Re)cutting stems is essential for the flowers’ vase life performance.  (Re)cutting opens the stem end for water uptake, which is essential for the fower to develop naturally.  The cleaner the cut, the better.  Rough stems treatments will lead to the release of organic matter and cell contents into the vase solution, stimulating micro-organisms to develop rapidly, resulting in premature wilting of flowers.


For pure mechanical reasons recutting at an angel of approximately 45 degrees results in little damage to the stems.  This practice ensures perfect and open stem ends.  The optimal way of cutting is shown in the picture above.


Research has shown that, if more than 50% of the vessels have been blocked, the flower will start to go limp due to insuffiecent water uptake.  When (re)cutting at least 5 cm off the stem end, most of the blocked vessels will be removed.  This ensures optimal water uptake.


  • A straight /flat 90 degrees cut requires more force than an angle cut, resulting in more stem damage and growth.  Plus a flat cut sits at the bottom on the vase and blocks water uptake.
  • Splitting/cross cut of stems.  This also results in a negative vase life.