Why and when to clean flower vases?

Decomposing pieces of leaves and thorns, dust and other pollutants from the air, contaminate the vase water. All these decomposition products, organic matter, moulds and dead bacteria can be a food source for micro-organisms. The vascular bundles in the stem, required for absorbing water, can become plugged by this contamination. That is why it is a good habit to clean the containers and vases immediately after use. Chlorine-based or ‘softer’ products can be used for this, such as washing-up liquid or Chrysal Cleaner. Let it soak for a while before scrubbing and rinsing.





As Valentine’s Day passes, most of us will be finding new vases for lovely floral arrangements. Keeping the flowers fresh and lasting longer is paramount for anybody receiving Valentine’s flowers from a loved one. Valentine’s flowers  represent a deeper meaning and carry more sentimental value, making vase life a top priority. Their are proper precautions for increasing the vase life of your flowers after Valentine’s Day.  Here is some useful care and handling information that you should know to keep your Valentine’s flowers looking as beautiful as ever.

Start clean; use a clean vase

Make sure the vase or display container you use is clean! Any dirt or dust left in the vase upon filling with water can lead to bacteria formation which can be harmful to the flowers, thus affecting the vase life.Use tap water (the colder the better!

Use tap water (the colder the better!)

For post Valentine’s, it’s important to use very cold water to keep your beautiful arrangements lasting as long as possible. Cold water will keep your flowers looking fresher longer. Warm or hot water is recommended if you want your blooms to open faster. Also, be sure to change the water quite frequently, possibly every day or every other day.

Remove leaves which will fall below the water level

It’s important that no leaves come in contact with the vase water. Leaves that fall below the water level will increase the chance that bacteria forms. Again, the presence of bacteria is very harmful to the flower and will affect the longevity of the flowers life.

Cut the stems 1-2 inches

At the bottom of each flower, the stem can become clogged or mushy making water uptake difficult for proper hydration. Therefore, it’s important to cut your stems frequently to allow for efficient hydration. Chrysal recommends to cut stems 1-2 inches, but stay closer to 1 inch if you have a shorter stemmed flower. Also,  be sure to cut the stems at an angle to allow the best water uptake and to prevent damaging and flatting the stem. Click here for more info.

Don’t Forget the Flower Food!

Along with the care and handling tips above, you might also want to consider using a flower care treatment. Treating your flowers to some Chrysal will keep your flowers lasting longer and looking as beautiful as ever! Chrysal offers many treatment options for many different flower types, allowing you to make your Valentine’s flowers last.

It is extremely important to get an early start on your Valentines Day preparation.  We feel that a clean start is always the best start.  In order to make sure your Valentine Flowers will look beautiful and maintain optimal freshness throughout the season, it is important to start clean by following Chrysal’s best floral cleaning practices.  For the best results, use Chrysal Professional Cleaner.  Chrysal Professional Cleaner is a flower friendly cleaning agent ideal for all buckets, vases, containers, work tables, walls and coolers.  Easy to use and biodegrable formula.  More efficient than bleach and smells better too!  Here are some care and handling tips for keeping your floral buckets and tools clean.

  • Prepare your cleaning solution with cold water and with proper dosage in a spray bottle.  Correct dose ensures 100% efficiency!
  • Spray buckets and tools with your cleaning agent and scrub using a scrub brush
  • With buckets, make sure your are cleaning the inside, outside and even the bottom of your buckets (if your stacking)
  • Once your work station, buckets and tools are cleaned, rinse off the remaining cleaning solution residue with water (For a more efficient clean, let the cleaner sit for a few minutes before rinsing off your tools and buckets)
  • Make sure you are also cleaning and wiping down all work tables and stations
  • Clean frequently throughout the day (3-5 times a day is recommended but will vary based on work performed)

Check out our Youtube page ChrysalCares for videos on proper cleaning procedures as well as many other care and handling tips!


As a floral professional making that first impression count is key.  Chrysal wants to help your customers enjoy their flowers to the fullest.  Chrysal has all the solutions you need but following these tips can help as well.

The Invisible Enemy:

  • Bacteria thrive on the sugary sap that leaks from all stems.
  • They double every 20 mins and in 10 hrs. 100 bacteria cells can become more than 100 billion cells.
  • They live in dirty buckets, unclean flower preparation tables, unclean cutting tools and they invade the flower through the cut ends and quickly block the water conducting vessels to the flower head.  This causes flower wilting and a very short vase life.
  • Bacteria can be detected by rubbing your fingers around the inside of your bucket or vase- a slippery feel indicates a presence of bacteria.  Likewise if the vase or bucket water is smelly – then bacteria are actively growing.

How to manage this?

  • Clean buckets inside and out with floral cleaner like Chrysal Cleaner.  Soap and detergent will not kill bacteria.
  • Let floral buckets dry before they are stacked.
  • Clean your floral cutting tools and tables daily.

Flower foods are the key

  • Chrysal has designed flower foods that manage the water environment by keeping it clean and adjust the water pH for the best uptake of water.
  • Flower shops and Floral professionals who use Chrysal Professional 2 at the correct does will lower labor cost for cleaning vases and buckets.  They will have longer lasting flowers and will have greater customer satisfaction.  Importantly, if used correctly, profits will rise.
  • Flower shop customers who use the Chrysal flower food packets will have longer lasting flowers and are more likely to return to your flower shop more often because they are happy with their flowers.

Flower arrangement in plain water vs. flowers drinking Chrysal flower food. Day 7

Develop and Post Cleaning Schedules:

1. Buckets—Every time you dump out old water. Don’t forget the outside for clean stacking

2. Fill spray bottles Chrysal Cleaner. Spritz surfaces 2-3 times daily. No need to dry. Solution provide residual effect

3. Set-up a dip jar with ready-to-use Chrysal cleaner. Dip knives & cutters throughout day.
same concept as comb jars in hair salons—flowers last longer if cut with clean tools

4. Floor–Make sure to get out bits of green trash hiding in corners. Mop 1-2x per wk

5. Trash cans. Empty daily. Keep covered if possible (Botrytis spores are air-borne)

6. Display shelves–Sweep off green bits daily. Sanitize with Chrysal Cleaner 2–3 x week

7. Cooler-Keep cooler floors dry: Clean floors and shelves 1-2 x month

8. Keep coolers free of all food items and empty buckets

  • Bacteria thrive on the sugary sap that leaks from all flower stems.
  • They double every 20 minutes and in 10 hours, 100 bacteria cells can become more than 100 Billion cells.
  • They live in dirty buckets, unclean flower prep tables, unclean cutting tools and they invade the flower through the cut ends and quickly block the water conducting vessels to the flower head.  This causes flower wilting and a very short vase life.
  • Bacteria can be detected by rubbing your finger around the inside of your bucket or vase- a slippery feel indicates a presence of bacteria.
  • Smelly buckets or vase water can also be another indication of Bacteria growth.

How to mange this?

  • Clean Buckets inside and outside with a Floral safe cleaner.  Soap or detergent will not kill bacteria.  Chrysal has Chrysal Professional Cleaner.
  • Let buckets dry before they are stacked.
  • Daily clean your cutting tools and tables with strong and floral safe cleaners.  

Moms deserve only the very best on Mother’s Day!

Success in 3 EASY STEPS

1.  Temperature matters!! Get boxes in coolers fast!Temp stress robs stems of vase life.  Fluctuating temps result in condensation–condensation triggers Botrytis–Botrytis triggers shrink

2.  Start Clean. Sanitize buckets and work table with Chrysal Cleaner.  Fill spray bottle with Cleaner Solution & SPRAY cutters, chopper and tables throughout the day.

3.   Measure when mixing- otherwise you won’t get 100% positive effect from flower food!

  • Prepare buckets before bringing boxes out to process
  • Mix Solutions with cold water.  Add flowers
  • Do not add Ice.  Ice dilutes dose and you end up with bacteria soup- FAST!
  • Never sell or design with roses before they drink flower food for 2 hours minimum