Red Chrysants for Valentines? Yes of Course!

These are the loveliest varieties from the world's top breeders and growers.

By: THURSD. | 17-01-2024 | 7 min read
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Red Chrysanthemums Are a Perfect Valentine’s Day Alternative to Red Roses

Valentine's Day is synonymous with red roses, but why not consider a unique alternative this year? Red chrysanthemums, with their captivating beauty, and of course rich symbolism, just the same way, can offer an ideal choice for expressing love and affection. 

After all, who said that Valentine's Day is just about red roses? For many people, the favorite flower for this occasion just happens to be the chrysanthemum. And, since this flower has been in the top three of bestsellers for ages, they certainly can't be wrong. 

The Allure of Red Chrysanthemums for Valentine’s Day

Red chrysanthemums are a breathtaking floral variety that exudes a uniquely exquisite charm. With their vibrant crimson petals and lush, full blooms, they effortlessly captivate the heart. These red flowers symbolize deep affection, love, and admiration.


​Red Chrysanthemums for Valentine’s Day
Red disbudded chrysanthemus are ideal for Valentine's.
Photo by @supernoonme


This explains why they are a perfect choice for expressing your feelings on Valentine's Day. Additionally, red chrysanthemums symbolize longevity and devotion, which demonstrates a lasting relationship and commitment. A key feature of red chrysanthemums is their versatility. They come in various shapes and sizes, ranging from large, showy blooms to delicate and intricate pom-pom varieties. This versatility allows one to create unique and personalized floral arrangements that truly reflect your beloved's personality and preferences.

Also, quite unlike roses, chrysanthemums possess exceptional longevity. These resilient flowers can maintain their vibrancy and freshness for an extended period. In certain ways, this serves as a cue to a lasting affection. Gifting a loved one red chrysanthemums not only expresses one’s love but also provides a lasting keepsake that can be enjoyed for days and arouses fond memories of Valentine's Day celebrations.


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Dark red-flowered Chrysanthemum Barolo which are ideal for Valentine's.
Photo by @royalvanzanten


In addition, red chrysanthemums have deep-rooted symbolism in different cultures. In Chinese tradition, they are associated with good luck, joy, and fidelity. In Japan, they are regarded as a symbol of the imperial family and are celebrated during the annual Festival of Happiness. So, when you embrace the symbolism of red chrysanthemums, you can infuse the Valentine's Day celebration with cultural significance and add an extra layer of meaning to the gesture of love.

Another element to note is that Valentine's Day often comes with inflated prices for traditional red roses. Red chrysanthemums, on the other hand, tend to offer an affordable alternative without compromising on elegance and beauty. Their availability and reasonable cost make them an attractive choice for those seeking a memorable and meaningful gift without breaking the bank. 


​Red Chrysanthemums for Valentine’s Day
Rich red-colored potted chrysanthemums.
Photo by @royalvanzanten.


Passionate About Red Chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemum breeders and growers are passionate about their products, although they realize that it is often difficult to get this mainstream product a place truly in the spotlight. Too often the chrysant plays just a supporting role in supermarket bouquets. So, florists around the world, pick up the challenge and look closer at the many magnificent faces of chrysanthemums, especially for your Valentine's bouquets. 

Accordingly, the biggest breeders in the world in collaboration with Just Chrys help you pick your favorite chrysant; big or small, spray, disbudded, or santini, but very red indeed! 


​Red Chrysanthemums for Valentine’s Day
Chrysanthemums in rich red color.
Photo by @dekkerchrysanten


Here are the top suggestions of red chrysanthemums from breeders and growers like  Dümmen Orange, Royal Van Zanten, Deliflor, and Dekker Chrysanten

Spray Chrysanthemums

Sprays are the best-known and most sold chrysants. They're easy and resilient and know little issues during transport. Mostly you would buy them already in full bloom. Spray chrysants are probably the most versatile flower in the world.

Chrysanthemum Ruby Star 

Although you can spot many colors of stars in the night sky, red stars can't be seen because of the way humans perceive visible light. So here we have the next best thing, the Chrysanthemum Ruby Star. 


Red Chrysanthemums for Valentine’s Day
Chrysanthemum Ruby Star


From breeder Dümmen Orange, this exciting spray combines a bright green center with a unique shade of red in its petals. It’s a very deep, saturated, and stable color, perfect for year-round supply. 

Chrysanthemum Ruby Star is a strong and appealing spray with lots of star-shaped flowers and an excellent vase life. A superb star with endless possibilities in floristry is born!

Chrysanthemum Barolo

Bred by Royal Van Zanten and grown by grower VDL Fleurs, Chrysanthemum Barolo is a warm red spray chrysanthemum with a contrasting fresh, bright green center and many flowers per stem. 


Red Chrysanthemums for Valentine’s Day
Chrysanthemum Barolo.
Photo by @floristweddingcraftsupplies


A lovely eye-catcher in every arrangement and fully available, this flower is always ready for each occasion. As great chrysanthemums do, she too will shine in the vase for at least two weeks. 

However, emphasize her fresh, green center by combining her with some other materials. Without a doubt, she is quite a gem!

Chrysanthemum Alamos Yellow

Did you just read 'yellow'? Yes, you did, but don't be mistaken about the name. Alamos Yellow is a red spray chrysanthemum with yellow tips in the petals. Together with the green heart, this creates a beautiful color composition. 


Red Chrysanthemums for Valentine’s Day
Zentoo Chrysanthemum Alamos Yellow
Photo by @zentoo_chrysanthemums


Bred by  Deliflor and grown by Zentoo, this flower is a striking variety in the two-tone segment and a real flavor enhancer in a bouquet! Alamos Yellow is the red sister of the purple and white Alamos.

Chrysanthemum Memphis Red

Bred by Dekker Chrysanten, this is a single-flowered red chrysanthemum with a heart-warming flower grown by Kwekerij Cornelis Jan. It, also, would make a perfect option for your Valentine’s Day celebrations. 


Red Chrysanthemums for Valentine’s Day
Chrysanthemum Red Memphis


Disbudded Chrysanthemums

Disbudded basically means that the flower has a large fluff on it. But besides this, this type of flower is always one stemmed with one single flower on top. Mostly this is a huge flower, so disbudded chrysants are impressive and luxurious.

Chrysanthemum Barca Red

This red chrysanthemum is bred by Deliflor and grown by  Arcadia Chrysanten. Barca Red is a disbudded chrysanthemum with a beautiful bright red color. It is a color variant of the successful dark purple Barca.


Red Chrysants for Valentines
Chrysanthemum Barca Red.
Photos by and @deliflor_chrysanthemums


The full flower shape makes Barca Red unique in its appearance, and hence an ideal color to use in all flower arrangements for Valentine's Day!

Chrysanthemum Rabelo

Chrysanthemum Rabelo is bred by Dekker Chrysanten and grown by Arcadia Chrysanten. It is a lovingly decorative red chrysanthemum that fills the heart, and hence perfect for Valentine’s Day celebrations.


Red Chrysanthemums for Valentines
Chrysanthemum Rabelo.
Photo by Straathof Young Plants


Chrysanthemum Baltazar Flame

Baltazar and Baltazar Intense are Deliflor chrysanthemum varieties that are widely appreciated by florists for their unique appearance and color scheme. 

This series has, also, been expanded with the no less eye-catching Baltazar Flame. A beautiful red-flamed variant with characteristic green edges on the petals.


Red Chrysanthemums for Valentine’s Day

Chrysanthemum Baltazar Flame bred by Deliflor


Chrysanthemum PIP Red

Bred by Deliflor and grown by Voort Chrysanten, the PIP family of chrysanthemums now has an extensive color palette. PIP Red is a beautiful red variety in this family of disbudded chrysanthemums. 

The extensive family also consists of PIP, PIP Sunny, PIP Pretty, PIP Purple, and PIP Salmon. However, PIP Red has a very striking color, which offers good possibilities for Valentine's Day.


Red Chrysanthemums for Valentine’s Day
Deliflor's Chrysanthemum PIP Red



The cute and often tiny part of the chrysanth family is called Santini. They come with a massive number of flowers on a quite short stem, bringing excellent value for money and a bunch full of lovely flowers.

Chrysanthemum Santini Madiba® Dungu Red

Santini Madiba® Dungu Red is bred by Dekker Chrysanten and grown by Van de Westeringh Flowers, Kwekerij Kees de Jongh, and Monnikenwaard. It is a single-flowered red Santini, overflowing with warmth with its sweet little flowers; perfect for Valentine’s festivities.


Red Chrysanthemums for Valentine’s Day
Santini Madiba® Dungu Red 


Chrysanthemum Santini Marek

Brec by Dekker Chrysanten, the Santini Marek is grown by grower VHC. It is a single-flowered red Santini that has a warm and sweet color. It is also ideal for Valentine’s 


Red Chrysanthemums for Valentine’s Day
Santini Marek 


Chrysanthemum Santini Purpetta Red

Santini Purpetta Red is bred by breeder Dekker Chrysanten and is mostly grown by VHC. It is a pompon red Santini that is round and compact, just as love should be. Quite perfect for Valentine’s you’d say.


Red Chrysanthemums for Valentine’s Day
Dekker Chrysanten's Santini Purpetta Red


With the array of red chrysanthemums presented, which of these chrysants would you pick for Valentine’s Day this year?


Feature image by @royalvanzanten.



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