Smashing stems provides a good endorphin release, but save it for firewood because the technique is hell on floral products. A care and handling myth that won’t die—processing woodies by pounding stems. The idea was to expose lots of surface area to boost uptake. What was pounded? Everything from flowering quince to stock, lilac, hydrangeas and poms.

No more! Research has never been able to prove anything positive about the relationship between pounding and uptake. In fact, pounding and smashing so injures the long-distance transport vessels of a stem’s plumbing system, it is more damaging than positive. And injured cells “bleed” like crazy– enzymes, sugars, organic juices, cellulose of dead cell walls… Bacteria explode.

Don’t do it. Use a sharp chopper or shears instead. Sharp and clean, that is. Pounding stems is as antiquated as the use of rotary phones.


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


Having trouble hydrating these beauties? Alum stem dip not giving consistent results? Do you use warm water to fill vases?

Maybe pounding is your preferred method of stem prep. Perhaps you submerge the entire flower head…  Here are a few tips on how to care for fresh cut hydrangeas.   

HYDRANGEA Processing for Consistent Results

1. Prepare bucket solution with cold water–cold moves faster through stems than warm

2. Start with a hydration solution to boost flow   and turn on the vascular system. Use Chrysal Professional #1 or Rose Pro hydration. Mix according to directions.

3. Using a clean, sharp knife or flower cutters– cut above old tissues (above any brown stem tissue).  Cut an inch off to remove all the gunk lodged in bottom of stem that stops flow. Let blooms drink hydration solution for at least 4 hours–overnight even better.

4. After 4-12 hours, transfer blooms into Chrysal Professional #2 or Rose Pro Vase flower food.  OK to leave in either solution up to 6 days

5. If designing blooms without a water source, prep as listed about, design and then wrap stems with Arrive Alive.  Dip Arrive Alive sponge in Chrysal Professional #3 or Rose Pro Vase food for 1-10 seconds and add the outer plastic bag. Secure rubber band above foam to prevent leaks

6. When temps soar–spray bloom and foliage with Hawaiian Floral mist (a light spray 1 x a day is adequate). Allow blooms to dry completely before placing in cooler.

 

Rehydrating the stems

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Same day, after the top photo was taken, the dehydrated stem was placed in Chrysal Professional #1 and fully recovered in 6 hrs


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 asked the talented Deborah De la Flor to teach us techniques on how to arrange spiral hand tied bouquets. Click on the images to view Deborah’s techniques on video.

Here are a few tips:

  • Always ask for the freshest flowers.
  • Keep twisting in your hands and move around to see all angels
  • Keep design CLEAN and focus on colors
  • Use zip ties to help keep flowers in place, careful to snap flowers or to make it too loose
  • DON’T forget to use FRESH FLOWER FOOD!
  • For transportation use Arrive Alive by Chrysal

 

 

 

 

Click HERE & see how to use ARRIVE ALIVE by CHRYSAL


It’s summer and to many that means long hot days and for others it means Wedding time.  Chrysal fan and Forever Blossoms designer Brett Usina worked his magic recently for a stupendous wedding in Groove Isle, FL.  His arrangements included Sarah Bernhardt Peonies, Polar Star Roses, Esperance Roses, White Hypericum, White Hydrangea, Pink Lisianthus, Hanging Green Amaranthus, Green Dendrobium Orchids, White Phaleonopsis Orchids, and Wax Flower.  Brett made sure to  hydrated his flowers with Chrysal Professional 2 T-Bags and Chrysal RosePro Solutions for his perfectly Pink Peonies.  In order to guarantee the fresh look to the bride in groom he used Chrysal Professional Glory which prevented the petals from wilting and provided a shield to protect against evaporation.

We love the color combination and the use of the Peonies in the aisle & marvelous chuppah!  Great job Brett!!! Check out the gorgeous pictures below.

Here are some tips for Peonies:

RETAILER

  • Prepare clean buckets (or vases) with Chrysal RosePro Vase food
  • Follow mixing instructions on label. Use cold water
  • Cut 1-2 inches from stems. Immediately place flowers in prepared cold solution
  • Allow flowers to drink 2-4hrs min. before designing. (Overnight in cooler even better!)
  • Flowers can stay in same solution up to 5-6 days
  • Watch solution level—peonies are BIG drinkers!
  • Top up containers with fresh solution (not tap water)
  • Vase life potential ranges 4-7days depending on variety, cut stage, age & treatments

Cut flower food prolongs the vase life more than 60% over water treatment

BOUQUET MAKER / WHOLESALER

For wet-pack s hipping and sales display ~

  • Store boxes cold (34-36F)
  • Prepare clean buckets with cold water and correct amount of Professional #2 (liquid or Tbags)
  • Cut 1-2 inches and place immediately into Professional #2 solution
  • Store buckets in cooler (34-36F) 
  • Advantages of Professional #2 treatment
    • Low-sugar flower food boost flow in stems
    • Lowers pH to 3.5—5.0 range to dissolve air blockages in stems—boosting flow!
    • Controls pollution up to 5 days
    • Provides energy to keep foliage and flowers turgid