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.

 


If stems have been out of water for any amount of time, it is always a good idea that they be cut. Three benefits to cutting stems are the removal of micro-orgasnisms, contamination and air bubbles from the stem.
          • After the grower has cut the flower off its mother plant, the stem immediately begins to heal itself, much like a wound on our skin. The scab on human skin protects against infections from outside sources and stops the bleeding. The stem protects itself in a similar way against infections and drying out through the cutting wound by sealing it. This means that when cut flowers are put into a container or vase solution, the water absorption is greatly decreased or even completely stopped, resulting in limp, weak flowers and ultimately the wilting and premature demise of the entire flower.
          • Micro-organisms can be found everywhere, on flower stems and leaves, the cut surface, containers, vases tools and work tables. Wounds on the stem bark are an excellent food source for micro-organisms. They only grow if they have something to feed on in the container or vase. Large amounts can cause loss of quality in some cut flowers, because they can partially plug the bottom of the stem. This is one of the main reasons to cut off a piece of the stem after a ‘dry’ period and it also prevents contamination of the container or vase.
          • Contaminated and organic materials plug up the cut surface, just like air-bubbles in a dried out stem-end. This also causes the premature wilting of the cut flowers. By cutting the bottom of the stem (by at least 2-5 cm) these blockages are removed. No flower food will remove this kind of infection from the stems.

OTHER TIPS

If cut flowers have been dry for more than 30 minutes, cut off a part of the stem before placing them in a container or vase. This applies to all phases of the flower’s life.

Working in a clean environment, removing contamination and avoiding stem damage all help to prevent waste, save money and ensure normal flower development as well as a satisfied customer.

Removing all contamination and blockages often requires cutting 5-10 cm off the stem. Remember that no flower food can remove infections in the stem.

Cutting at an angle of about 45 degrees creates the cleanest cut surface and least stem damage.

 


Flower food home remedies…Do they work?

If your looking to care for your flowers using simple home remedies, you should understand the full truth about them. Sure, home remedies can supply some nourishment to a flower, but that doesn’t mean it is a good supplement for flower food. Fresh cut flowers are like babies—they need food and water to survive and attention from harvest to final vase.  Proper conditioning involves providing a balance of 3 basic ingredients: nutrients to feed the blooms, pH corrector to get the water into the zone flowers drink most efficiently and clarifiers to keep pollution and bacteria under control. Without conditioning, flowers have a significantly shorter vase life (50% shorter!). Home remedies are based on bits and pieces of truth and flower needs, but commercial formulations provide a balanced combination of the “right stuff”. Flower food home remedies…Do they work?

Soda

Provides sugar to feed the blooms, but also feed bacteria actively developing in the solution.  Bacteria will ultimately clog stems and stop water uptake leading to poor hydration.

Bleach

Does supply a short-term bacteria control, but provides no nutrients for flower development and does not lower pH.

Pennies

Copper was a common fungicide years ago, but since 1942, there has not been enough copper in pennies to provide any residual effect.

Pin in the necks of tulips

No scientific proven effect and results in a wound by which bacteria and Botrytis can enter.

Vodka

Provides nutrients, but does not lower the pH and contains nothing to check bacteria.

Aspirin

Lowers the pH of the solution, but provides no nutrients to feed the flower and does not control bacteria.

 

While home remedies do have some potential benefits, they should NOT be viewed as an effective replacement for flower food. Floral nutrients provide flowers and plants with the proper mix of nutrients, pH correctors, and clarifiers they need to keep fresher longer.

 


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.


Having trouble selecting a flower for your Valentine?  Looking for the perfect flower that will send the right message? It’s important to know that every flower might express something just a little different. Understanding what certain flowers express can help you in choosing the perfect flower for your Valentine. Here are some popular flower choices and what they might convey on Valentine’s Day.

Roses

Red Rose– Love and romance. The obvious representation of love. Don’t be shy to shower your lover with red roses for Valentine’s.

White Rose– White roses can either be a sign of purity and innocence or often associated with sympathy and death. Might not be the wisest choice for this holiday.

Yellow Rose– Friendship and cheer. Good choice to give to a best friend this Valentine’s Day.

Pink Rose– True love. Might not express as much burning passion as a red rose. Good for newer relationships. Also associated with giving thanks and admiration.

Lavender Rose– Royalty. Good way to tell your loved one he/she is king/queen of your heart.

Orange Rose– A mix between red and yellow rose representing middle ground between friendship and love.

Black Rose– Represents the start of new things or major changes in ones life. Definitely a unique flower but not recommended for this holiday.

Daisies

Innocence and happiness.

Tulips

Relatively happy flower that can represent awakening. Meanings can change based on the shade; red means love, white forgiveness, pink caring and purple royalty.

Orchids

Delicate beauty and a flattering sentiment.

Carnations

Relatively happy flowers and meanings vary with the shade. Avoid striped carnations, those represent refusal.

Mums

Secret admirer or excitement. Great choice for a crush or a first date.

Daffodils

Represents chivalry. Great gift from a man to his best female friend.

Hydrangea

Perseverance. Great choice for long standing couples. Popular for weddings.

Peony

Riches and goodluck. Great choice for a newly engaged couple.


We all know Valentine’s is the season of LOVE.  It’s important to show your customers and flower shop some love by creating welcoming Valentine’s decorations for this lovely holiday. This will help showcase your Valentine’s merchandise and should lead to higher store traffic and more sales.  Here are some lovely tips for decorating your floral department for Valentine’s this year!

  • Decorate the windows and front of your shop- You want to draw attention to your store for people on the outside.  Valentine’s is fresh in everybody’s mind, so as they pass your store, if something creative catches their eye, it’s more likely they come in to look around.
  • Display your store hours clearly so customers know your Valentine’s hours- It’s important customers know your Valentine’s hours so they know where to go if they need last minute items.  Displaying your hours clearly and creatively can help keep store traffic up.
  • Be creative!  You want to create unique decorations that will help draw people to your shop, maybe a centerpiece- Having one very creative and beautiful piece can get people talking and bring traffic to the store.  Having this located towards the back of the store might be good so customers need to walk through aisles of merchandise to see it.
  • Have many floral arrangement options- Offer your customers different options so they can choose which they like best.  Offer different flower combinations and different vases and presentation items.  Also, try infusing heart shaped items into your bouquets.
  • Placement is key- Around the store, place cut-out hearts, cut-out cupids, balloons and other decorations that scream Valentine’s.  When it comes to Valentine’s, nothing is never too much.  So don’t be afraid to go crazy and overdo the decorations!
  • Set the mood with music- Play some classic love songs lightly in the background that will enhance a shoppers mood.  This could maybe trigger feelings about their loved ones and lead to more purchases.

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To ensure longer vase life of your fresh cut flowers, it’s important to give them a fresh trim every once in a while.  What many don’t know is that it’s very important to cut your stems quite frequently, we recommend every few days.  Find out the benefits of cutting your stems often and why you should cut flower stems 1-2 inches.

Why should I cut stems frequently?

If you are transporting fresh cut flowers home and they are dry for a period of more than 30 minutes, you should cut the stem once you get home before arranging them in a vase.  When a fresh cut flower is cut and kept dry, the cut off flower stem protects itself against infections and drying out through the cutting wound by sealing it, much like a wound on our skin.  This means when cut flowers are put into a vase with solution, the water absorption is greatly decreased or even completely stopped, resulting in premature demise of the entire flower.  This also happens when stems are in vase arrangements for long periods of time.  Flower ends soon become waterlogged and mushy when in solution, making it important to re-cut stems every few days.  If the end of the stem becomes too waterlogged, the flowers may begin to droop and lose their petals more quickly due to lack of hydration.  It’s also worth noting that most of the germs and organic matter accumulate towards the bottom of stems, making this a portal for bacteria growth.  Re-cutting each stem will ultimately keep your flowers alive and fresher for longer.

Why should I cut 1-2 inches?

Many industrialists will lend the advice of cutting your stems 1/4 to 1/2 inch in order to preserve the length of the stem.  However, 75-85% of bacteria, organic matter and germs are lodged in the bottom 1-2 inches of stems.  It’s important to open stem tissue by eliminating micro-organisms with a fresh cut so solution can flow freely through the stem towards the head of the flower for proper nourishment.  In order to see the greatest effects, try to trim the stems 1-2 inches with an angled cut (if you have a shorter stem flower, try to stick with close to 1 inch).  With a sharp knife or sharp floral cutter or scissor, make an angled on the stem.  This will help ensure proper water uptake for the stem.  If you fear trimming 1-2 inches will result in your arrangement not being tall enough for your vase, try using an opaque vase.  This will allow you to use Chrysal Floral Foam at the bottom to add height to your arrangement that is lost with the cut stems.  Also, as you are trimming the stems, be sure to trim foliage too so it does not get submerged in water.

Quick Tip

Are you afraid that cutting stems will disturb the flower placement in a beautiful arrangement? A quick tip is to tie the stems with twine just above the vase’s edge before taking them out for a cut.  Make sure to hold the tied arrangement firmly as you re-cut the stems.  After you are finished, place the arrangement back into the clean vase (remove the twine) and refill with fresh water and Chrysal flower food.


Should you strip your roses is a common question that many ask during Valentine’s Day prep.  This popular Valentine’s Day topic comes with many varying opinions.  Many feel that stripping roses of thorns and foliage creates a cleaner product for the end customer.  While this might be true, removing thorns and foliage does have its disadvantages.  Consider these truths about stem stripping roses before deciding to get rid of thorns and foliage.

Things to consider

When you remove thorns, wounds and holes are created which can become disease entry ports for bacteria.  This can be extremely damaging for the life of your roses.  Removing foliage has its advantages and disadvantages.  Foliage helps with the hydration process so many argue you should not strip foliage from a rose.  Specialized cells on the undersurface of rose foliage help pull solution up into the flower head, allowing for efficient hydration.  However, foliage that is submerged in water is susceptible to bacteria growth.  So you must be careful with your foliage if you plan to leave it on the stem.  We recommend to leave foliage on the stem but out of the water.  Removing only the foliage from the portion of stems that will be submerged in water will lead to both longer vase life and effective hydration.

If you are planning to strip your roses this year, Chrysal’s Flower Stem Stripper is the perfect tool because it removes the foliage without damaging the stem.  It also helps to remove the sharp tip of the thorn without completely removing the entire thorn (preventing the creation of wounds and holes that can develop bacteria).

 


If you really want to impress your customers this Valentine’s Day, be sure to show your flowers some love by treating them with the proper solution.  Always remember that happy flowers lead to happy customers!  Whether your looking for a solution for storing and transporting your flowers, or a solution for your beautiful floral arrangements you have on display, Chrysal offers many different solutions for different purposes.  It’s important to understand what is the best solution for your flowers.

Hydration Solution

Dehydration is good for nobody, not even your flowers.  It’s common for bacteria to clog stems, impeding water flow through the flowers plumbing system.  Any treatment used must at least include a clarifier to keep bacteria under control.  Water alone does not fit this profile.  Chrysal Professional #1 is a conditioning product for all cut flowers that stimulates the rehydration of flowers after a period of dry transportation.  It increases vase life by up to 30% versus water alone.  For roses, Chrysal RosePro Hydration Solution really does the trick.  This Valentine’s Day, treat your customers with the most beautiful roses by using RosePro Hydration solution.  Any product that has been dry for an extended period of time benefits from a hydration boost (Gerberas, spray and garden roses, veronica, clematis, hydrangeas to name a few).

Transport and Holding Solution

For storing your Valentine’s flowers in floral buckets, keep them in optimum condition by using Chrysal Professional #2.  Chrysal Professional #2 is great for transportation and holding purposes.  It contains just enough nutrients for the natural development of the flowers, without stimulating a full development in this part of the chain.  It stimulates water uptake and keeps flowers and foliage in an optimum condition.

Vase and Foam Solution

As Valentine’s Day approaches, it’s important to impress your customers with floral arrangements that keep their beauty and remain in optimal condition for as long as possible.  This is what Chrysal Professional #3 helps to achieve.  Chrysal Professional #3 is a solution designed to keep your flowers in peak condition so they stay as beautiful as ever in your arrangements.  The solution prolongs vase life by up to 60% versus water alone and also allows the flowers to maintain their true colors while reducing fading.  For your vases, be sure to use Chrysal Professional #3 solution for the best results.  Your customers will notice.


Come Valentine’s Day, you may have many flowers that will be looking for a new home.  When choosing the best vase for your flowers, it’s important to consider the make-up and size of the vase that will work best for your flower.  Any kind of container may be used for displaying flowers, however some are more suitable than others for ensuring good flower development.  Here is some information to consider when choosing the best vase for your flowers.

Choice of Vases

Let’s discuss a few vase materials, ranking them from the best to the worst.

Glass

An inert material, no reaction between the vase solution and the vase, easy to clean.

Crystal

Older vases might have pores where micro-organisms can settle, more difficult to clean, risk of dull vases due to pollution.

Plastics

Relatively neutral but polluting in the long run due to small scratches if used intensively, then becoming more difficult to clean properly.

Ceramics

If glazed: relatively neutral, when this protection is absent or damaged: micro-organisms might settle and this type of container becomes more difficult to clean.

Metals

Cut flower foods are generally acidic solutions and i not, the flower turns the vase solution into an acid environment. This increases the risk of exchange of ions from the metal vases into the solution. Most of these metals are toxic to the flower. It is therefore important to always use an inner vase i.e. plastic.

What size should the vase be?

The “Best Match” is the best-fitting combination of a bouquet and a vase.  There is a logical relationship between the size, height and weight of a bouquet of cut flowers and the size, height and weight of the vase, which ensures that:

  • the flowers stand up straight
  • the vase can preferably hold enough water for at least one week
  • the vase weighs enough not to fall over i.e. not “top heavy”
  • the desired arrangement is achieved
  • flower arrangers often have as a rule of thumb that the height of the vase should be between 40 and 60 % of the height of the bouquet

Quick Tip for Storing your Vases and Containers

The best way to store your vases and containers is storing them upside down.  This prevents droplets of moisture from settling at the bottom of a vase after cleaning, which is the perfect environment for the development of bacteria.  Also, storing vases upside down will prevent dust and dirt from settling at the bottom of the vase during storage.  As a precaution, it is wise to scrub and rinse the vase well before filling it up with flower food, water, and flowers.

 

Chrysal works with some of the major glass manufacturers worldwide to stay up to date with the trends.  Chrysal recently partnered with Hakbijl, to distribute a Euro-trendy line of glass in the U.S.

Images courtesy of the inspirational booklet by Hakbijl & Dekker Chrysanten with our Trend Selection flower food line