Orchids are beautiful plants with intriguing blooms that are tougher than they look. Enhance longevity of pots and sprays by following a few basic steps…

Temperature and humidity are primary considerations:

Most orchids (cuts and potted) suffer chill damage when held colder than 50F, but that’s not to say they don’t require cooling as they move through the chain. Hold and transport orchids between 50F-60F with 90-95% humidity.

Traditional flower coolers are too COLD and DRY for storing orchid sprays corsages, arrangements and leis, so too are kitchen refrigerators: a critical point because chill damage occurs fast, 4-6 hours at temperatures colder than 50F.

Ethylene—fast track to bloom death:

Orchids are ethylene-sensitive. Exposure to even a minute amount for a short time causes florets to appear vein-y, buds shrivel, flop and/or drop off and damage is irreversible.

Avoid exposure and purchase pre-treated cut stems. Sprays should be treated with STS, the anti-ethylene solution is STS, the same solution used to protect carnations, wax and delphinium from this flower-deadly gas. Potted plants are (should be) treated during transit with 1-MCP gas (known commercially as Chrysal Ethylene Buster) to protect blooms from exposure to external ethylene sources like smoke (cigarettes, BBQs, fireplaces, incense), exhaust from autos, space heaters, fruits and veggies. No Joke! Expect more than two weeks vase life for treated cuts and 2-3 months for treated plants. Not treated? Bye-bye longevity–expect less than a week.

Processing cut Orchid sprays:

For all types remove cotton or water tubes on arrival and give stems a fresh cut. Place in Chrysal Professional 2, a low-sugar display flower food. The nutrients provide energy for bud opening, longevity and color stability. Solutions are active 5-6 days.

For more sensitive Vandas and ‘Tiger Tail’, use filtered water (not tap water) and nix the flower food. Change filtered water daily to ensure free flow in stems. Bacteria mucks-up flow fast.

Don’t love these plants to death!!

Phalenopsis plants like bright, indirect light. Look for leaves that are firm and medium green. Floppy long dark green leaves means plant is not getting enough light. Temperature needs are similar to human likes, 60-75F. Good air movement is important, but most important is to avoid overwatering. Check soil media—bark dries faster than peat. If unsure, wait 2-3 days. Never let plant sit in water because roots drown fast. Remove deco pots and place in warm (filtered) H20 for 10-20min. Flush surface with gentle stream to flush salts. Rule of thumb: water 1 x every 7-10 days.

How to stimulate re-blooming:

Cut faded flower stalk at 1 inch above soil surface. Allow plant to rest 4-6 weeks in cool, light area (+/-55F), but keep it watered. Finally place plant back in original position. The last detail on plant care?  Don’t touch those crazy roots. A unique aspect of this huge plant family is the roots don’t need soil and are able to draw nutrients and moisture from the air. Plants love crowded roots. Let those crazy roots wave in the wind and postpone repotting for at least 2 years after purchase. This huge exotic plant family captivates mortals with mysterious colors, shapes and (sometime) fragrant blooms. The spell of orchids captivates brides and grandmothers alike.


Bumpy pumpkins are awesome!!!

Want to snatch attention away from the turkey on the harvest table? Make a flower centerpiece in a bumpy pumpkin. Easy. Whack the top off the pumpkin, scoop out the guts and line the interior with a piece of thick plastic—a heavy-duty garbage bag cut open works well. Make sure to cut it large enough so there it overlaps the edge of the pumpkin about 4 inches. The foam and water pulls the plastic deeper into the cavity than you expect. A recycled yogurt tub makes a great container to support a chunk of foam. Soak the foam in flower food first to maximize flower longevity.

Prep the berries, twigs and assorted foliages in water treated with a Gerbera pill to wash off  dust and germs that foul the water fast (sacrificing longevity). Then prep the flowers in Chrysal Professional 2 so they are 100% juiced and ready to go all the way.

This year give thanks for creativity.

Image Courtesy of Society Bride


BEST TREATMENTS TO KEEP HYDRANGEAS LOOKING GREAT

1)  If Hydrangea blooms arrive directly from the grower or if blooms have been dry-packed for two days or more, Chrysal Professional 1 is the best way to turn on the flow.

  • Prep buckets with cold water and correctly dose Chrysal Professional 1.
  • Remove water/gel baggie (or cotton) from stem ends. Wash off any gel stuck to stem.
  • With sharp and clean shears, cut 1-2 inches.
  • Cut above old (brown) stem tissue. These blooms only drink efficiently through new (green) stem tissues.
  • Allow time. A quick dip in Alum powder or an instant hydrator doesn’t give sustained results.
  • Let blooms drink in Professional 1 for a minimum of 4 hrs up to 3 days.
  • Once fully hydrated-transfer to Chrysal Professional 2 or vase solution Professional 3.

2)  If blooms arrive in buckets, Professional 2 is the solution of choice.

  • Prepare buckets with cold water and Professional 2.
  • Check stem ends and remove water baggies. Wash off any gel stuck to stems.
  • Give a fresh cut into green tissues. Sugars in Professional 2 solution keep flowers turgid.
  • Allow plenty of room so moisture on florets evaporate BEFORE moving flowers into cooler.

CLEMATIS CARE

  • Prep bucket with Chrysal Professional 1 solution.
  • Use COLD water.
  • Follow dosing instructions (2ml/liter).
  • Remove any gel baggies or wet cotton on stem ends. Rinse off gel.
  • With a sharp, clean knife cut off 1 inch from stems.
  • Let flowers hydrate overnight BEFORE using in arrangements and design work.
  • No foam. Do not crush, boil or burn stems.
  • Avoid dripping on blooms.

 

Image Courtesy of iGarden

Image Courtesy of iGarden


Chrysal loves attending and supporting Society of American Florist Convention for many reasons.  Connecting with floral friends, listening to the needs of floral professionals and most importantly for the education seminars.  One of the most exciting seminars is the 2016 Flower Trends Forecast by IFD.  Bill Schaffer & Kristine Kratt did an amazing job sharing the flower trends for 2016.  The full forecast will be released on October 1 & can be found at http://www.flowertrendsforecast.com.

Here are some of the designs and gorgeous flowers that were introduced & some pictures from the #safconv in Amelia Island, FL.


Weddings are an all around joyous occasion with many beautiful and memorable moments. One moment that always stands out is when the gorgeous bride takes her stride down the aisle. Last time we blogged about the current trending cascade bouquet. As beautiful as these oversized and long bouquets are, they are not for everyone. An option to consider is the glamelia or composite bouquet.

Glamelias or composite bouquets are made of many petals from different flowers to form one large one. The name itself originated from the 1940’s and 50’s. During the war, camelia blooms were too expensive.  So people took the petals of the less expensive gladiolas and made them into what looked like the more expensive flower (via First Come Flowers).

Whichever bridal bouquet you choose to go with, it’s important to keep them looking fresh. Especially with light colored bouquets where wilting is more noticeable, try Chrysal Professional Glory a unique holding spray that helps to retain essential moisture within the cut flower or foliage without the need for extra hydration. When used in place of traditional water, misting will retard deterioration and keep flowers and leaves firm.


There is a current trend in bridal bouquets where the brides are choosing to go bigger and longer. Brides want lots and lots of blooms and rich greenery in their cascade bouquets. One of the greens featured in this current trend is eucalyptus. According to The Knot  “this hearty green is not only pretty, it’s perfect for adding texture, depth and fullness to any arrangement.” With that in mind, here are a couple tips to keep your eucalyptus looking top-notch.

  • Hold cold and dry unless you plan on extended rotation. In that case, hydrate bunches in a Hydration Solution. Leaves discolor if sugar level is over 2%.
  • Eucalyptus produces LOTS of ethylene when dehydrated, so don’t let it dry out or it will affect the rest of the flowers in your cooler!

For more examples and inspiration click here.

Cascades have definitely made a comeback using a wide assortment of blooms. Just take a look at the beautiful bouquet created Monday Morning Flowers below.

Still looking for more inspiration?! Click here.


Hawaiian Floral Mist is an easy to use floral food spray that penetrates, to nourish and rejuvenate cut flowers and greens for longer lasting freshness, without odor, spots or residue. It’s the first and only bio-reactive floral food spray of it’s kind. When Hawaiian Floral Mist mixes with the biology of the plant, it sustains life from the inside.

Using Hawaiian Floral Mist will give you less inventory loss, higher customer satisfaction, a longer selling life, and even allow you to “green-up” for weddings and special events. Corsages and displays that don’t have a direct water source benefit extremely well.

 

Purchase Hawaiian Floral Mist here.


When it comes to transporting bouquets, the most important part is to keep them hydrated. Arrive Alive® by Chrysal makes sure that the bouquets arrive beautiful and fresh after transport, whether in the back of the car or having been delivered via a courier or post. There is no need for a bucket or vase with water, Arrive Alive® allows flowers to be transported on their side without the risk of water spillage / leakage. In addition, Arrive Alive® gives florists and bouquet makers the cost advantages of shipping flowers horizontally while flowers remain hydrated thus making it ideal for postal flowers.

GENERAL

  • Arrive Alive® by Chrysal is a patented horticultural foam-wrap which creates a water reservoir for cut flowers, thus ensuring hydration during transport or at point of sale.
  • Absorbs and releases moisture easily (better than cotton or newspaper).
  • Will hydrate flowers for 3 days.
  • Available in 2 sizes: block ‘S’ and triangle design.
EFFECTS
  • Arrive Alive® by Chrysal enhances performance and quality of the flowers at the point of arrival compared to dry transport.
  • Keeps flowers beautiful without the need for a bucket or vase with water.
  • Enables horizontal transport.
  • Easy to use. Even automatic application is possible.
  • Easier for customer to transport flowers home and ensures hydration during journey.
  • Perceived better flower care.
  • Does not leak.
  • Outer bag can be personalized by adding flower care tips and/or customer name.

SAVINGS

  • Reduces flower wastage; even when flowers are not returned correctly into bucket or vase, they are always hydrated in store.
  • Reduces water consumption.
  • Lighter and therefore less expensive to transport than flowers on vase solution.
  • Cheaper than some alternative transport solutions.

 


There are many benefits to using cut flower food. Tap water alone does not contain any of the natural food supplements that the cut flower needs for its development. The flower food supplements and the pH balancers in Chrysal cut flower foods restore the flower’s equilibrium and it’s resistance to cell and stem deterioration to what it was while the flower was on the plant. The accelerated aging caused by cutting the flower off the plant is slowed down. The flower develops in a natural way and the vase water does not get contaminated by the micro-organisms released in the decomposition process as it does in vases with just tap water.

Watch the difference that Chrysal cut flower food makes…


In celebration of our new sleek look, we are giving away Flower Strippers to the first 500 individuals who Share The Shine. Just follow the steps below…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Giveaway Rules

NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. ALL FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL, AND MUNICIPAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS APPLY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

1. Eligibility

Share The Shine Giveaway (the Giveaway) is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are at least eighteen (18) years old at the time of entry. Employees of Chrysal Americas and other companies associated with the promotion of the Giveaway, and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates and advertising and promotion agencies as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of each such employee are not eligible. The Giveaway is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

2. Sponsor

The Giveaway is sponsored by Chrysal Americas, located at 3063 NW 107th Ave, Doral, Florida 33172.

3. Agreement to Official Rules

Participation in the Giveaway constitutes entrants full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, which are final and binding. Winning a prize is contingent upon being compliant with these Official Rules and fulfilling all other requirements set forth herein.

4. Giveaway Period

The Giveaway begins on June 01, 2015 at 12:00 AM EST and ends on August 31, 2015 at 11:59 PM EST (the Giveaway Period). Entries that are submitted before or after the Giveaway Period will be disqualified. Submissions will be accepted for the duration of the Giveaway using any of the following methods: 1) Post a picture of the new Chrysal Leafshine can on either Facebook or Instagram. 2) Hash-tag #chrysal and #leafshine by August 31, 2015.

 

5. How to Enter

Limit one (1) entry per person, per email address, and per household for the duration of the Giveaway Period, regardless of method of entry. Entries received from any person, e-mail address, or household in excess of the stated limitation will be void. All entries become the property of Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned.

 

6. Giveaway Distribution

On or about June 01, 2015 – August 31, 2015, the Sponsor will select 500 recipients from the first eligible entries received. The odds of being selected depend on the number of entries received. The Sponsor will attempt to notify the potential winner via telephone or email on or about June 01, 2015 – August 31, 2015. If the potential winner cannot be contacted within five (5) days after the date of the first attempt to contact him/her, the Sponsor may select an alternate potential winner in his/her place at random from the remaining non-winning, eligible entries.

7. Notification

The recipient will be notified by email, mail or phone.  Prizes will be fulfilled weekly and can take up to 3 weeks after the conclusion of the Giveaway.

8. Giveaways

First 500 entries will receive a FREE Flower Stripper(only one entry per person allowed).