One way we show appreciation and celebrate motherhood is by giving flowers. If you’re unfamiliar with the language of flowers it may be difficult to choose the right type considering the many varieties and colors that are out there. The following is a small list of popular Mother’s Day flowers and their meanings to help you narrow down your choices.


Symbolizes pride and beauty. A red carnation symbolizes love, pride and admiration; pink carnations symbolizes love of a mother.


Although white lilies are associated with funerals, there are many other types lilies to pick from. Calla lilies signify beauty and Day lilies are the Chinese symbol for motherhood.


Orchids are exotic plants the symbolize refinement, thoughtfulness and mature charm. They also symbolize proud and glorious femininity.


Roses of various colors convey a number of different meanings. A bouquet of mature rose blooms sends a message of gratitude; white roses signify virtue, purity, and reverence. A rose symbolizes grace in a medium pink hue, gratitude in a dark pink color, and youthful joy in light pink.


These bright and cheerful flowers send a message of adoration and respect. Similarly gerbera daisies have a joyful look in their myriad colors. Daisies are traditionally a symbol of beauty, and gerbera daisies also signify cheerfulness and playfulness.


The general message of tulips is love. More specifically, pink tulips signify caring and red tulips suggest true love. Yellow tulips, as might be guessed from their appearance, bring a message of cheerful thoughts.


Violets signify faithfulness and devotion. The gift of a violet plant can provide a lasting reminder of your appreciation for a mother’s devotion.

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!

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.


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.


Innocence and happiness.


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


Delicate beauty and a flattering sentiment.


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


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


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


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


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

Nets and cups on gerberas, chrysanthemums, callas, sunflowers and roses serve to protect flowers during production and transport.

Bruising and creasing on petals diminishes commercial value as well as predisposing damaged tissues for Botrytis infection.

Take care when pulling stems out of flats. Scraping off bark as stem rubs against cardboard damages the sensitive area directly below bloom and predisposes flowers to Botrytis infection. Scraped stems are perfect entry portals for bacteria, too

Rose growers place nets on blooms during production to increase head size and reduce absorption of UV light that leads to petal blackening in some red varieties.

Netting allows blooms extra time on the bush—important since maximum bud height is achieved in the
final days before harvest. This is also the point at which energy generated in the photosynthetic process causes petal texture to become robust (almost thick) as tissues fill with carbohydrates.

Nets / cups on or off??
There are two reasons to remove nets and cups during processing:
1. Simple aesthetics. Netted blooms look weird on display. Any one in the food industry knows the hair net goes on as you clock in for a shift, NOT as catch the bus. Nets hide the beauty (and size) of blooms and make the display appear less than terrific.

2. Equally important reason to remove nets and cups is to allow condensation to evaporate from petal surface. Even a micro-film of condensation is sufficient for Botrytis spores to start germinating, so it makes sense to let the flowers dry out.

2012 is here and that means new trends & colors for the flower world.  According to the color of the year is a bright Tangerine Tango PANTONE # 17-1463.  This color is sure to brighten up any home and works perfectly with lots of orange gerberas, bright lilies and sun-kissed roses.  Tangerine Tango also compliments lots of floral greens.

The Chrysal marketing team also jumped into the world of colors and conducted a  market research to survey what the color our “Trend Selection Sachets” should be.  Chrysal picked two of the most popular trend themes called:

– Vent du Sud –

– Strong plants, survivors, such as cactuses and succulents.
Also larger pot sizes for various desert plants.
Sharp, spinose, spiky plants, Sansevieria.
Palmaceous, Livingstonia.

– Succulents, groups of plants in small pot sizes, series of small pot sizes.
Dyed flowers and plants in many blue variants.
Oxygenators, fern, Spathiphyllum.
Fragrance stories, Eucalyptus, mint.

– Lots of patterns on flowers and leaves, spots on exotic plants.
A wilder version of Phalaenopsis but also Dendrobium, Miltonia and Cymbidium.
Wilder types of lilies, Alstroemeria and new wispy Gerberas.
Special more robust exotic plants, Bromelia, Calathea and spider Hippeastrum.
The darkest flowers such as brown Anthurium.
– Sand is the new neutral colour, mixed with lots of white or almost white.
The advent of warm lighter shades of brown, terra cotta and leather colours.

– Bright combined with dark, deliberate search for unexpected contrasts.
Dark blue, indigo and deep green.
Various shades of sea blue, azure in various tints.
Deep brown is on the up.

– Vogue –

Women do like seduction, emotion marketing. The majority of our customers are women. Of course, we do bear the entire chain in mind

(including the many male deciders) but ultimately, the end users decide our choices. From push to pull!
– Luxurious and romantic; Lilium, Rosa, Calla, Velvety flowers.
Very large, full flowers, many two-tone roses.
Scalloped and fringed flowers, tulips, Lisianthus.
Large and extraordinary spider-shaped flowers.
One large single stem flower, also in a pot, such as Hydrangea and disbudded Chrysanthemum.

– Retro plants from the fifties, Chrysanthemum, Petunia, Cyclamen, Begonia, Saintpaulia and Dianthus.
Couture flowers, Anthurium, Lilium also as pot plants.
Romantic, double flowers, Begonia, Calandiva®.
Asparagus and Sansevieria.

– Cosy little families of flowering plants in slightly varying colours.
Plants in small pot sizes, mini roses, Kalanchoe, African violet.
Small flowering bulbs, Muscari, hyacinth and crocus.
Granny’s plants, “piggyback plants”, traditional varieties, Begonia, Petunia, Hedera.
British romance, lilacs and new Hydrangea with smaller flowers.
– Pastel shades combined with surprising bright red, purple or pink accents.
The contrast between bold lipstick colors and softer blush colors.

– Pastel shades, even skin tones, salmon pink.
Pale yellow as the newest accent color.

– The advent of pastel colors, especially soft pink, light blue and mint. Matching tones, color families.

After picking the color themes, florists in 5 countries were survived and selected the following colors which matched the Trend themes.

The Green goes with both Trend Themes
The Black and dark Purple go with the Vent du Sud
The Pink and baby Blue go with Vogue.

The new Chrysal Trend Selection also comes with a QR code that links to a mobile site with an educational video on how to care for your flowers as well as tips.

For more information on the Trend Themes for 2012, visit: