Valentine’s Day FAQs

Written by Gay Smith

Common Holiday FAQ’s

What are Best Practices for RETAILERS processing holiday flowers?

  • Holiday flowers arrive THIRSTY.
  • Best 1st drink is a hydration solution prepared with cold water (ex–Chrysal Rose Pro, Chrysal Professional #1). Hydration formulas allow blooms to fill up but not pop open.
  • Mix according to instructions.
  • Let every stem drink at least 2-4 hrs before designing or selling —critical during Valentine’s crush when flowers are flying out the door as fast as boxes are opened.
  • Without adequate time to hydrate, blooms won’t perform well
  • Transfer flower into flower food (Chrysal Professional #2 or #3) once hardened-off

Does it matter if foliage is stripped away as part of processing?

  • YES! Roses need foliage to hydrate because cells that pump solution into stems, are located on the underside of the leaves.
  • To avoid droopy heads, leave as much foliage in tact as possible.
  • Strip leaves falling below the water level so the solution stays clean.

Should you remove guard petals from roses?

  • Don’t touch guards unless the petals are blemished or have Botrytis spots.
  • Why Not? Removing petals loosens the bud structure, accelerating opening rate.
  • Peeling causes a wound—wounds trigger internal production of ethylene
  • Wound areas are also avenue for entry of bacteria or Botrytis (fungus) infection

What’s up with Roses arriving with buds popped off the calyx, foliage fluttering off stems?

  • Classic symptoms of ethylene damage–bud and leaf abscission (falling off).
  • Any time a flower suffer signs of premature ageing, (e.g. it looks old in bud stage) exposure to ethylene is the likely culprit.
  • Sensitive flowers are treated at farm level with STS–although not yet a common rose postharvest treatment even for very sensitive varieties.
  • In transit & holding coolers, use Chrysal’s Ethylene Buster (utilizing 1-MCP technology)


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