Choosing the Best Vase for your Flowers

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Come Valentine’s Day, you may have many flowers that will be looking for a new home.  When choosing the best vase for your flowers, it’s important to consider the make-up and size of the vase that will work best for your flower.  Any kind of container may be used for displaying flowers, however some are more suitable than others for ensuring good flower development.  Here is some information to consider when choosing the best vase for your flowers.

Choice of Vases

Let’s discuss a few vase materials, ranking them from the best to the worst.

Glass

An inert material, no reaction between the vase solution and the vase, easy to clean.

Crystal

Older vases might have pores where micro-organisms can settle, more difficult to clean, risk of dull vases due to pollution.

Plastics

Relatively neutral but polluting in the long run due to small scratches if used intensively, then becoming more difficult to clean properly.

Ceramics

If glazed: relatively neutral, when this protection is absent or damaged: micro-organisms might settle and this type of container becomes more difficult to clean.

Metals

Cut flower foods are generally acidic solutions and i not, the flower turns the vase solution into an acid environment. This increases the risk of exchange of ions from the metal vases into the solution. Most of these metals are toxic to the flower. It is therefore important to always use an inner vase i.e. plastic.

What size should the vase be?

The “Best Match” is the best-fitting combination of a bouquet and a vase.  There is a logical relationship between the size, height and weight of a bouquet of cut flowers and the size, height and weight of the vase, which ensures that:

  • the flowers stand up straight
  • the vase can preferably hold enough water for at least one week
  • the vase weighs enough not to fall over i.e. not “top heavy”
  • the desired arrangement is achieved
  • flower arrangers often have as a rule of thumb that the height of the vase should be between 40 and 60 % of the height of the bouquet

Quick Tip for Storing your Vases and Containers

The best way to store your vases and containers is storing them upside down.  This prevents droplets of moisture from settling at the bottom of a vase after cleaning, which is the perfect environment for the development of bacteria.  Also, storing vases upside down will prevent dust and dirt from settling at the bottom of the vase during storage.  As a precaution, it is wise to scrub and rinse the vase well before filling it up with flower food, water, and flowers.

 

Chrysal works with some of the major glass manufacturers worldwide to stay up to date with the trends.  Chrysal recently partnered with Hakbijl, to distribute a Euro-trendy line of glass in the U.S.

Images courtesy of the inspirational booklet by Hakbijl & Dekker Chrysanten with our Trend Selection flower food line


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