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.

 


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).

 


As a floral professional making that first impression count is key.  Chrysal wants to help your customers enjoy their flowers to the fullest.  Chrysal has all the solutions you need but following these tips can help as well.

The Invisible Enemy:

  • Bacteria thrive on the sugary sap that leaks from all stems.
  • They double every 20 mins and in 10 hrs. 100 bacteria cells can become more than 100 billion cells.
  • They live in dirty buckets, unclean flower preparation tables, unclean cutting tools and they invade the flower through the cut ends and quickly block the water conducting vessels to the flower head.  This causes flower wilting and a very short vase life.
  • Bacteria can be detected by rubbing your fingers around the inside of your bucket or vase- a slippery feel indicates a presence of bacteria.  Likewise if the vase or bucket water is smelly – then bacteria are actively growing.

How to manage this?

  • Clean buckets inside and out with floral cleaner like Chrysal Cleaner.  Soap and detergent will not kill bacteria.
  • Let floral buckets dry before they are stacked.
  • Clean your floral cutting tools and tables daily.

Flower foods are the key

  • Chrysal has designed flower foods that manage the water environment by keeping it clean and adjust the water pH for the best uptake of water.
  • Flower shops and Floral professionals who use Chrysal Professional 2 at the correct does will lower labor cost for cleaning vases and buckets.  They will have longer lasting flowers and will have greater customer satisfaction.  Importantly, if used correctly, profits will rise.
  • Flower shop customers who use the Chrysal flower food packets will have longer lasting flowers and are more likely to return to your flower shop more often because they are happy with their flowers.

Flower arrangement in plain water vs. flowers drinking Chrysal flower food. Day 7


It is important to cut off a piece (at least 2-5 cm) of the stem if the flowers have been out of water for about 30 minutes.

The knife or secateurs or other cutting device should always be kept sharp.  This is very important, since blunt blades will crush the flower stems, which will result in more damaged and leaking cells that stimulate the micro-organisms growth and resulting loss of vase life.

The knives and secateurs must also be extremely clean.  Dirty tools will infect the cut surface and therefore the vase water, which negatively affects the flower development.  A florist should disinfect his/her tools at least on a daily basis and ideally sharpen them.  Good tools are on the top of the list for important florist supply.  The consumer should clean his/ her knife or secateurs before each use.  If using rose bush tools make sure to properly scrub them.