Here are some situations and solutions that are often encountered when it comes to gerberas.

 

SITUATION: A box of expensive Dutch gerbera daisies have gone limp because the customer did not pick up (kept pushing the order forward). Finally (day 6) we gave up on the customer, cut stems and placed in water with Chrysal gerbera pills. Holding buckets out of cooler after 2 hours, stems are turgid but petals are still limp.

QUESTIONS: Should we spritz, dunk, submerge the blooms? Keep waiting? Normally, I would worry about botrytis infection if we get the heads wet, but blooms will be put into action on Tuesday. Also our environment is very dry. What else can we do?

 SOLUTION: You’ve done everything right so far.

  • Avoid dunking, spritzing or submerging blooms—too much handling causes mechanical damage, too much water ramps up disease pressure
  • Once stems are full of super clean water (4-6 hrs), transfer into Chrysal Professional 2 solution. Pro 2 provides the carbo-load so petals firm up and colors stay vibrant
  • When you transfer blooms into Professional 2, move buckets into cooler.

 

 

SITUATION: Gerbera blooms are locked in side-facing position. I want them to look up, not sideways.

SOLUTION: Take stems out of water and out of cooler for several hours so they get thirsty.

  • Prepare cold water (34-36F) with Chrysal Gerbera pills (1 pill/ half gallon water)
  • Cut stems, with a clean, sharp knife. Make sure to give a fresh cut above the “heel” (white tissue at bottom of stem)
  • Plunge stems into solution. Shallow water level-3-4”
  • When flowers go into buckets, make support stems upright, no hang-overs in bucket. Make a grid with tape on top of processing bucket so stems hang vertical, but don’t suffer scrapes or wounds as flowers are slotted
  • Place buckets in cooler so stems harden-off fast
  • Design Gerberas as usual vase flower food

 

SITUATION: Gerberas arrive with petals reflexing down toward the floor rather than horizontal position

SOLUTION: Contact vendor and explain the blooms appear to be cut too soon and you’ll need a replacement.


We bet you’re not the only one who likes this flower with its wide variety of shapes and colors! There are two types of hydrangea, the spring/summer variation and the classic variation, which blooms from summer through to autumn. If you treat them right, Hydrangeas are very rewarding flowers and they can last for over 3 weeks in an arrangement or a bouquet.

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The creative part we leave up to you, but here are some tips to enjoy the Hydrangea as long as possible.

1. Hydrangeas have a high energy and water need

Hydrangeas have a very strong transpiration and also need a lot of energy to maintain color and strength. Due to the enormous flower surface and thinness of their petals, the flower will wilt if there is not enough liquid available. If this happens, cut off about 3-4 cm of the stem with a sharp knife and place the flower in a cool, fresh and clean Chrysal Clear Universal flower food solution. This solution quickly hydrates the flower and boosts the energy level of the flower, which is vital for good vase life.

2. Outdoor grown Hydrangeas sometimes have a very wooden stem end

Dutch hydrangeas are produced in greenhouses, and their peak production is in spring until late fall. Abroad they can be grown outdoors and depending on the climate they will be available year-round. Outdoor grown Hydrangeas sometimes have a very wooden stem end. In case the flower starts to wilt, cut off that part of the stem.

3. White Hydrangeas can turn blueish

This is a real nightmare for every florist. White Hydrangeas – most of the time used for weddings – can turn blueish in the centre of the flower when you use a post-harvest product containing Aluminium sulphate. Therefore make sure the flower food or storage solution contains the word “Clear” as in Chrysal Clear Professional 2 for the storage period and Chrysal Clear Universal flower food or Chrysal Clear Professional 3 for the consumer phase.

About the different variations Hydrangeas
The Hydrangeas that are available in spring/summer are mostly uniform in colour and are not left on the plant to mature, instead they are harvested when fully opened. The classic variation, available in summer and autumn, can even last for months: these flowers change color and become papery. The pictures show how the color of a pink variety changes from fresh (2) to classic (4). Picture 1 shows the least vase and is not recommended to use.
 

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


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).

 



Chrysal Leafshine new look, same shine!

Chrysal International announced that they plan to refresh their packaging of the Chrysal brand in 2015. Since 1929 the Pokon and Chrysal brand has been an international leader in flower and plant care.

In 2007 the Pokon brand was divested and products began to be marketed under the Chrysal brand. In doing so, Pokon leafshine was rebranded under the Chrysal name.  “Pokon green or Chrysal blue, the shine has been fine since 1929!” says Jim Kaplan, President of Chrysal Americas.

Chrysal leafshine is oil free, includes no CFC’s and adds an instant natural gloss to leaves of plants and cut foliage. It removes water spots and calcium deposits and it gives a protective shiny layer, which keeps dust away. Furthermore, the evaporation of water is reduced, which will prolong the lifetime of the plants and cut foliage.

The refreshed look will be introduced around the summer and will be available throughout local Wholesalers and Chrysal Distributors globally.

Be sure to look for our signature 25% Free can with the bright blue top.


Lilies are considered to be one of the most beautiful flowers in the world. However, the one big problem with Lilies is the pollen from their stamens which can easily be knocked off onto clothing.

TIPS TO REMOVE POLLEN FROM CLOTHING:

  • Do not brush or rub with your hands. Human skin contains oils that will help attach the pollen to the fibers.
  • Let pollen dry and remove it with a soft brush.
  • Take a piece of tape and press this onto pollen. It will adhere to the tape and can then be removed.
  • Use a vacuum cleaner to remove from clothing.
  • If some pollen stains are stubborn, hang the garment in the sun to dry. The stain and the pollen in it will dry up and can then be removed by one of the above-mentioned methods.

A simple way to prevent pollen from getting on your clothes is to remove the anthers (tips of stamens) as soon as you get the flowers home. Keep repeating this with every bud that opens or cut off the stamens. For those of you that love Lilies but do not want to deal with stains on your clothing, you can purchase pollen-free Lilies.