Easter without a lily is still Easter!

Cats and lilies don’t mix! Different species of Lilium or Hemerocallis families are deadly poisonous to cats. Even a curious leaf nibble or a taste of the pollen can send Felix into renal failure.

List of Dangerous Lilies for Cats:

Which types are deadly? Lily longiflorum (Easter lilies), Asiatic varieties, Oriental varieties like ‘Star Gazer’, Lily of the Valley, garden Day lilies (Hemerocallis), wood lilies. Where cats live, NO lilies.

Safe Lilies for Cats:

Benign lilies include the Peace, Peruvian, and Calla lilies; these contain insoluble oxalate crystals that cause minor signs such as tissue irritation to the mouth, tongue, pharynx, and esophagus.

For More information: http://www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/lilies/

The holiday season is upon us… Do you know all there is to know about Poinsettias? Here is some general information, store handling, and care tips for consumers.

Are they poisonous? Poinsettias are NOT poisonous and there is plenty of research to prove it. Of course, the plant is NOT for consumption.

What are their light needs?  Get plants out of boxes ASAP. Plants suffer if held too long in boxes. Leaves will yellow. It is best to display poinsettias in bright, indirect light (not direct sunlight) and away from heater drafts.

Are they cold sensitive?  YES, wrap the plants well and remind customers that chill damage happens at temps colder than 38F for more than 30 minutes. Poinsettias are happiest between 60F—75F.

Cold Sensitivity










Are they ethylene sensitive? Plants are moderately sensitive. Internal ethylene production is triggered when bracts are bent upward as when plants are lifted up and out of sleeves. The upward motion of bracts triggers an ethylene response.

Prevention: Ask growers to ship with Chrysal Ethylene Buster sachets in boxes.

Avoid ethylene exposure from:

-exhaust from combustion engines, space heaters

smoke from cigarettes, BBQs, fireplaces, air pollution

Douglas Fir and Redwood cut foliage

storing in closed area with boxes of deco moss

What is epinasty? A horticultural term describing plants that appear wilted, but are not revived when watered. To prevent epinasty, un-sleeve plants by tearing open the sleeve from the bottom rather than pushing the pot up from the bottom.










What is leaf drop?  Irregular irrigation, low-light intensity, warm temperature, and low relative humidity make leaf drop a common disorder.

How do I water? Never let the plant sit in water—roots drown. Water every 7-8 days depending on temperature of the house. Allow water flow through soil to flush salts completely out of soil profile and ample time for pot to drip dry (2-3 hours) before placing in display location.

Broken bracts as cut flowers? Yes as long as stems are fully hydrated. Hydrate broken bracts in Chrysal Professional #1 for 2-4 hours at ambient. Make sure solution level is deep enough to act as a liquid band-aide to seal and clean latex flow from wounded areas on stems. When bracts are hydrated, design w/o giving a fresh cut. Display designs outside of cooler.











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).

Lilac & viburnum

Lilac, (Syringa vulgaris), is the beautiful cousin in a family tree that includes the less attractive, but more versatile cousins of the olive family. Lilac is native to the Balkan Peninsula, where it grows on rocky hillsides. But how do you handle your Lilac’s?

Two Treatment Choices:

  1. Professional #1 – gets the flow going and opens the internal plumbing system of woodies.
  2. Professional #2 – The preferred treatment of Dutch growers because it provides double-duty: Pro#2 kick-starts flow AND provides the energy to keep all those florets looking great.


  • Professional #1 – 2ml per liter (very lean). Slightly shy of 2 teaspoons per gallon.
  • Professional #2 – Double concentrate is 5ml per liter or 4 teaspoons per gallon.
  • Professional #2 – Original formula = 10ml/liter.

Length of treatment time:

  • Overnight drink is best, up to 7 days in cooler.


  • Safe to dump spent bucket solutions in drain.
  • Rinse out concentrate jug before disposing.

Please don’t pound stems -Pounding is old school!

Pounding woody stems causes far more problems than good.


  • Wounded tissues cannot drink – in fact, pounding causes a juice bar for bacteria that explode in the organic juices and dead cells floating in the water.
  • Pounding also triggers internal ethylene production as a stress response. Ethylene causes floret drop. Shortens vase life.
  • Pounding is out. Sharp, clean shears are in!

This Memorial Day, Chrysal USA was proud to participate in MEMORIAL DAY FLOWERS. Where along with several Floral industry leaders we honored our troops with over 80,000 roses, which were given to those who were visiting the gravestones of the USA’s fallen heroes. With the support of Delaware Valley Floral Group, Flowers for Kids and over 100 volunteers thousands of roses, bouquets and of course Chrysal Sachets were handed out at four locations at Arlington National Cemetery and many more throughout the nation.

The Ride is a mass cycle ride to raise money for KWF Kankerbestrijding (the Dutch Cancer Society). Cancer is something that can strike any of us! Modeled on Lance Armstrong’s original initiative, the Dutch version of Ride for the Roses has been held annually since 1998. The Ride took place September 4th this year.

Chysal was happy to sponsor and participate again in the “Pre Ride for the Roses” as well as the “Ride for the Roses”.
The Pre Ride involves small teams of all the flower auctions (so Aalsmeer, Naaldwijk, Rijnsburg, et cet) and additional sponsors from the horticultural business. They main target of the Ride and the Pre Ride is to raise money for the KWF foundation to support cancer research. Chrysal donated rose sachets for the retail promotion done with Albert Heijn.

The Ride raised a total amount of € 1.517.535,27 for the KWF foundation. We’re proud to be part of this and want to thank the team for their participation and enthusiasm to do so.







































For more information on The Ride visit: