Mother’s Day 2016 – Crunch Time

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Mother’s Day is one of the biggest floral holidays and it’s less than two weeks away (May 8th). It’s very important to be prepared for a holiday as big as this one. If you haven’t started to prepare, here is a list of things to get you through the holiday and ensure the freshest blooms for your clients.

1.  Deep Cleaning before the holiday arrives


  • Wipe down walls, shelves, windows and cooler floor with Chrysal Cleaner disinfectant

    Floors, counters, trash cans and brooms

  • Mop back room floors with Chrysal cleaner
  • Sanitize trash can by washing out with Cleaner solution—scrub and soak 5 minutes, then rinse out
  • Dip brooms in trash cans filled with cleaner solution (disease spores cling to broom bristles)

    Buckets and Vases

  • Wash display buckets (inside and out) with Chrysal Cleaner solution
  • Pour out chunky debris, give another swish with cleaner
  • Don’t rinse second time around—the Cleaner provides residual effect for disinfecting
  • Let buckets dry before stacking

2.  Temperature checks:

  • For accurate temperature readings, check temperature of a bucket solution inside walk-in cooler rather than relying on wall thermometers
  • Set point for back-stock cooler = 34-38F
  • Check temperature of a vase solution in open display cooler
  • Set point for display cooler = 38-40F. (38-43F for open display coolers)
  • Have coolers serviced. Vacuum compressor coils (saves money, improves efficiency)

 3.  Ethylene and Botrytis control require good sanitation practices

  • Sanitize counters, tools & choppers 2-3 x daily with RTU Chrysal cleaner. No need to dry
  • Do not store deco moss, lunches, fruit baskets or empty buckets in coolers (sneaky Pete = Ethylene)
  • Are flower boxes stacked on pallets in back stock cooler instead of directly on floor–in case of a spill
  • Empty trash cans 1-2 daily. Botrytis spores float out of can onto design tables and blooms
  • Green bits on carts and corners are breeding grounds for Botrytis and bacteria

4.  What’s the best solution for the job at hand?

-Use Chrysal Professional #1–jump-starts flow in hard-to-hydrate blooms

-Use Chrysal Rose Pro line for garden roses, hydrangeas and all sensitive flowers

-Use Chrysal Professional #2 for display buckets and processing dry-packs (t-bags and liquid)

-Use Bulb T-bags for “bulbous” flowers (iris, freesia, lilies, alstroe, anemones, ranuculas, alliums, tulips)

-Use Chrysal Professional #3 for vase filling and foam soaking

  • Check to ensure your concentrate container is full
  • Check if dose is correct by taking pH of a just filled bucket. Correctly dosed gives pH 3.5—5.0
  • If using a hand pump, make sure you dose accordingly to product directions. (Full strokes, please)
  • Mix solutions with cold water. Cold solutions travel faster into stems than warm

 Holiday Hearsay

  • Prepare flower solutions with COLD water. It moves through stems faster than ambient
  • ALLOW TIME: let dry-packed flowers drink min. 2-4 hrs BEFORE using or selling
  • AIR FLOW MATTERS–Don’t cram buckets. Air flow helps reduce incidence of Botrytis
  • Peel guard petals ONLY if damaged or blemished. Stripping triggers internal production of ethylene
  • KEEP PETALS DRY: (Botrytis!) After using a finishing spray, let blooms DRY before placing into cooler
  • Remove NETS when gerberas, mums and asters go into display cooler
  • NO ICE—NO TAP WATER–Remind customers about clean vases, cut each stem, refill w/ fresh food

Arrive Alive—An easy way to keep flowers hydrated up to 3 days out of water!

Features and benefits:

Keeps stems fully hydrated out of water

Easy to use

Conveniently removes water from the distribution process

Reduces problems caused by dehydration stress

How to Use:

Wrap stems with Arrive Alive foam.

Secure first rubber band and dip stems into flower flood for 1-10 seconds.

Place outer plastic bag around stems and secure at top with second rubber band.



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