The Freesia is a versatile flower that comes in many sizes, shapes and colors. Let your imagination go wild and combine different colors and different flowers! The freesia is originally from South Africa “Cape Lily of the Valley”, and it can be single or double flowered. It comes in white, yellow, orange, red, blue, pink and purple, but can also be bicolored or multi-colored. Many varieties have a beautiful sweet scent which makes freesias even more attractive.

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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.
 

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…


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.

 


There are numerous factors that play into determining the duration of flower vase life. Such factors involve the genetic lifespan, growing conditions and post-harvest conditions of the flowers.

GENETIC LIFESPAN

Flower development and it’s duration, in connection with climatic conditions and other factors, are different for each flower type. The seed growers determine what the expectations are regarding lifespan after harvest and of course any deviations from the optimum care will lead to a short vase life for the consumer.

GROWING CONDITIONS

Growing conditions, such as light, temperature, relative humidity, fertilization and crop protection have a marked effect on the post-harvest quality of the flower, such as length, shape, color and deviation of stem and flower. These factors, however, do not affect the genetic lifespan expectations.

POST-HARVEST CONDITIONS

  • Temperature and humidity in particular, determine whether the cut flower will be delivered to the consumer in good condition after the harvest. Higher temperatures promote flower development. Humidity plays an indirect role in the condensation process during multiple and temperature fluctuations and promotes the growth of the fungus Botrytis.
  • Lack of hygiene promotes the development of micro-organisms, which can cause water to become turbid and smelly.
  • Cut flowers come from all corners of the globe and they are shipped across huge distances. Climate control, good packaging, post-harvest treatment and speed are very important for quality conservation.  We must assume that each distribution day diminishes the vase life to some degree.
  • Using the most suitable post-harvest treatment for each flower type is one of the measures needed to get the flowers through the distribution chain intact. Essentially, these products replace the mother plant and all the required raw materials that make the natural development of the stem, leaf, and flower possible, as if they were still on the intact plant.

 

 


During the biggest floral holiday the silent psychologists known as Florists will be biting their tongues and holding back while writing the personal messages that will accompany the gorgeous designs.  We asked fun florists worldwide to help us collect some of the funniest cards they had to write out.  The responses were hilarious, crude and honestly not suitable for a company blog (although the whole office had a blast reading them, we are all adults).

After much deliberation & counting the always scientific “likes” of facebook, we decided to share the ones that seem PG-13.

We hope you enjoy & have a successful holiday season!

“Darling Girl, she’s just a friend. Believe me, if I was going to cheat on you, I wouldn’t take her to a Harry Potter movie.”

Delivered one dozen roses with a box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day a couple years back. The sender wanted the card to read: “They say it takes one hour of sex to burn off two pieces of chocolate. Eat the whole box, I’ve got plans!”

“Come near my husband again and I will be sending you funeral flowers”

On a sympathy card. “Sorry you won’t be at Christmas.”

“Happy Mothers day, With lots of love from your favorite, not the mistake!”

“Drop your drawers and the flowers are yours.”

“Happy 30th anniversary! Thanks for the best 26 years of my life!”

 

“No card needed, I’m sending these anniversary flowers to myself as I know my husband won’t!”

“Sorry I threw up. XXX”

“I’m sorry it is your fault.”

 

Thank you to all the florist who participated, we would love to give you all credit but we understand your client/ florist confidentially agreement.


What is inside flower food packets?

Cut flower food needs to replace the mother plant’s nutrients. A common question asked is what is inside flower food packets?  The following ingredients are found in flower food packets:

– water softeners

– pH regulators

– water absorption promoters

-nutrients

The nutrients and pH regulators in the Chrysal flower food packets restore the balance of the flower and return the resistance against cell and stem deterioration to the natural level. This slows down the rapid aging caused by cutting the flower off the plant. The flower develops according to the natural ways of an intact plant and the vase water is not contaminated by the decomposing stem, as it would be in vases with only tap water.

The benefits of using flower food packets versus only using water, can be seen below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The leaves are changing, the smell of pumpkin spiced lattes is in the air and everyone wants to decorate for fall.  Fall designs tend to include lots of non-flower botanicals like pumpkins on a stick, leaves and sprigs of wheat.  Add the sunflowers and gerberas and the water quality is compromised. The sugar in flower food, so important for flower color and longevity is not too important for leaves and grasses, but super-clean water is. Here is how to care for fall flowers.

 Why use Flower Food this Autumn?

One of the beauties of grasses, wheat, twigs, wheat, and millet is that they do not require special treatment. Studies conducted by Chrysal UK technicians for a large chain found that bucket water exploded with bacteria and pollutants when bouquets included “autumn” items. Tests showed Professional Gerbera solutions gave the best pollution control when these non-flowering items were pretreated to rid stems of dust, bacteria and germs before elements were placed in mixed bouquets. The pills are a one-time use solution and are active up to 3 days.

If berried branches are part of your autumn and winter flower program, avoid exposing the product to sources of ethylene gas which includes exhaust from combustion engines, cigarette and BBQ smoke, rotting green trash (both bacteria and Botrytis produce ethylene). Always store sphagnum moss (another source of ethylene gas) apart from flowers and berries. Empty and wash out trash cans regularly.

Use flower food when soaking foam, it will keep the water fresh and provide extra vase life to your arrangements.

Here are some fall delights brought to you by Dos Gringos in California.

 Click here for a list of High Polluting Flowers!


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.


“ A customer is only going to pay for what they perceive as value; the rest is waste.”
Matt Gold, president of Gold Hill Nursery in Hillsboro OR

Today’s consumers are info-starved and don’t have a minute to spare. If your employee can’t confidently answer their question, Google is punched into a smart phone faster than you can say, “let me find out for you.” Failure is not an option. Consumers want to know how to make their flower purchase last. Product failure is the kiss of death for (repeat) flower sales so training is tantamount to winning sustainable sales. Personnel is your starting point. Here is some information on flowers that your personnel should know!

FAQs all floral employees should be able to answer:

1. Where are these flowers grown?
2. How do they keep them fresh from Colombia to my home?
3. How long will they last?
4. How do I take care of it once I get home?
5. Does that little food packet make a difference?
6. Can I use the petals in my salad and sprinkled on the icing of my cupcakes for color?

Answers:

1.  85% of all commercial flowers enjoyed by US consumers are grown in Colombia and Ecuador

2.  Strict protocols from point of harvest through transit ensure freshness. At harvest, stems are treated in special solutions to hydrate, then cooled to reduce dehydration. Finally bunches are carefully packed to prevent mechanical damage. On US arrival, exacting temperature management minimizes rate of respiration to conserve energy for the vase stage.

3.  Every variety within a genus has its own genetically-coded vase life. Lilies and Carnations easily last 12–15 days. Roses last between 5-7 days.

4.  Mix entire 10g flower food packet with 1 quart of cold water. Fill a clean vase half full with food solution. Cut 1+ inch off each stem. Immediately place stems in vase. Keep foliage above water level. Use remaining flower food solution to top-up as blooms drink the solution. Do not add water or ice–it dilutes the formula, rendering it useless. Flower food flows into and nourishes stems for 5-7 days.

5.  Flower food gives 50% longer vase life vs. plain water.

6.  Commercially grown cut flower petals are not safe to eat or use as decorations on/in food