Written by Gay Smith
1. PREPARE BUCKETS like a Chrysal Professional!
- Prepare solutions with COLD water. NO ICE (dilutes the mix as it melts)
- Measure when mixing (correct dose gives 100% efficiency)
- Gerberas, daffs, cut hyacinths: 1 Professional Gerbera pill per ½ gallon water
- Hydration for dry-packs, woodies and hard to hydrate flowers:
- Chrysal Professional #1: 1 pump per 1 gallon water
- Chrysal Rose PRO Hydration: 1 cap per 1.25 gallons water
- Display buckets, water tubes, back stock buckets:
- Chrysal Professional #2 liquid: 1 pump per 1½ quarts H2O
- 1 Chrysal Universal Pro #2 T-bag per 1.5qt water.
- 1 Chrysal BULB T-bag per 2 qts water
- Fill vases and soak foam:
- Chrysal Professional #3 flower food: 1 pump per 1quart water
- Chrysal Rose PRO Vase: 1 cap per 2 quarts water
2. TIME TO DRINK!
All dry-pack flowers need a 1-2 hr (minimum) drink before selling
Make sure every stem gets a fresh cut! Sounds stupid, but the stem of gyp in the rose bouquet that doesn’t get a fresh cut, dies far faster than the roses!
4. AS IN ALL OF LIFE, TIMING IS EVERYTHING
Immediately place cut stems in solution. Tissues start to heal over in 5-10 seconds…
5. BACTERIA BOB STRIKES: Place fresh cut stems into dirty buckets? Forget it!
- Cut stems bleed enzymes, carbohydrates…a virtual juice bar for bacteria
- Sanitize buckets before filling. Scrub with Chrysal Cleaner and rinse well
- Wipe down display and cooler shelves minimum 1 x week with cleaner solution
- Spray design tables frequently throughout the day with Chrysal Cleaner solution
6. CHRYSAL CLEANER:
Choppers, counters, knives…Dip, spray, wipe surfaces daily
7. TRASH TALK:
- To flowers, leaving open trash cans is equivalent to someone sneezing six inches from your face, all day long. No tissue!
- Get trash out. Botrytis floats off green trash clinging to counters, tools, aprons…
8. SHARPEN UP:
- Dull tools cause stringy ends–cells into solution. Bacteria go wild. Botrytis thrive!
- Sharpen chopper, knives and shears regularly
9. TOPPING UP
- Top up with fresh Professional #2 solution
- NO water
- NO ice
10. Raindrops keep falling on my head…Yikes, BOTRYTIS
- Keep flowers dry. DRY is SUPER IMPORTANT!!
- Don’t overfill buckets (prevents gushing on other bunches as flowers are pulled)
- Allow time (30-60 min) for condensation to evaporate off blooms when processing
11. Give customers reasons to buy…tell them why they need flowers!!
“Love is friendship set on fire” – Jeremy Taylor