Berry Christmas

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How to maximize the cool berries available for holiday designs—think holly, callicarpa (beauty berry), symphoricarpos (coral berry), rose hips, seeded eucalyptus, privet, mistletoe…

 

Holly:

  • Store really cold (33-34F) at temps higher than 35F, it starts deteriorating fast
  • Don’t spray wholly with oil-based shines—causes black berries
  • Chrysal Leaf Shine is silicon-based or water based. Works fine on holly!
  • Berries turn black and fall off when exposed to ethylene. Use Ethylene Buster in coolers for protection

Symphoricarpos and Callicarpa:

  • Treat these gems as cuts and process into Chrysal Professional #2.
  • Both products are ethylene sensitive (berries fall off). Italian research shows that treating with Ethylene Buster (1MCP) improves vase life from 5 to 9 days.

Rose Hips:

  • Store dry and cold. Studies at NC State found neither hydration or flower flood solutions resulted in significant vase life improvement when hips are treated

Eucalyptus:

  • Hold cold and dry unless you plan on extended rotation. In that case, hydrate bunches in Professional #1 or Professional #2.
  • Leaves discolor if sugar level is over 2%
  • Eucalyptus produces LOTS of ethylene when dehydrated.

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