What is inside flower food packets?

Cut flower food needs to replace the mother plant’s nutrients. A common question asked is what is inside flower food packets?  The following ingredients are found in flower food packets:

– water softeners

– pH regulators

– water absorption promoters


The nutrients and pH regulators in the Chrysal flower food packets restore the balance of the flower and return the resistance against cell and stem deterioration to the natural level. This slows down the rapid aging caused by cutting the flower off the plant. The flower develops according to the natural ways of an intact plant and the vase water is not contaminated by the decomposing stem, as it would be in vases with only tap water.

The benefits of using flower food packets versus only using water, can be seen below.










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.

 Click here for a list of High Polluting Flowers!

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month.  Chrysal and Hakbijl were proud to donate 40 cents for every pink Collin vase sold.  The donation was awarded to the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.  Sales manager, Dennis Wheeler promised to continue promoting the campaign and projected to double the donation next year!

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center integrates all cancer-related activities of the faculty of the University of Miami. This includes all cancer treatment, research and education, and outreach conducted at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine and within the University of Miami Health System (UHealth).