The answer is clear: Flower food is a necessity, not a luxury. It is common knowledge among high-end florists and other floristry professionals who work with flowers on a daily basis; choosing the right floral food can have a huge influence on your products. It not only impacts the longevity of flowers but also can help improve other important aspects - the flowers in general bloom better, they open better, vase life increases, the water remains fresher, there is a decrease in loss of petals, and they maintain a better overall appearance.
The 'Flower Food Chain'
Once flowers are cut, they are deprived of water, food, and growth hormones that are naturally provided to them by the mother plant in the pre-harvest stage. In order to allow the cut flower to still bloom in a natural way - while retaining its form, color, and scent - supplying them with the nutrition they need is key. And at the same time, protecting them from harmful bacteria. This must happen during every phase of the distribution chain: at the grower after cutting, the wholesaler, the florist retailer, and finally at the consumer's home. Interruption of this 'flower food chain' will irrevocably lead to loss of vase life.
The Driving Force in the Cut Flower Industry for Flower Food
Chrysal has been the driving force in the cut flower industry for decades and is the worldwide market leader in flower food. Whether you grow, transport, sell or enjoy flowers at home, Chrysal has all solutions to keep your cut flowers more beautiful and fresher for longer. Through constant innovation, a strong commitment to quality, and a continuous search for sustainable solutions, this leading company strives to exceed the wishes of its customers. With the aim: the best care for flowers and plants, satisfied consumers, and ultimately, a better world.
Eric Knoppert, Amaryllis Grower
For the flower of the month - the amaryllis, flower food is extremely important. According to grower Erik Knoppert, who supplies around 40% of the amaryllis to the Dutch markets, including all export companies who do business from The Netherlands, flower food is a necessity. Period.
Amaryllis Rilona in design by floral designer Tiffany van Lenten Erik thinks about the final stage in the 'flower food chain', when the flowers are discarded by the consumer at home.
"Amaryllis tend to make the water very dirty and smelly. The right flower food prevents this, so that when people take out the Amaryllis after flowering, the water is still fresh and clear. If you don't use flower food the water is really disgusting after two weeks or more, and people might decide to never buy amaryllis again because of it. You don't have this problem when you use flower food."
The Best Use the Best Flower Food
Whether you know it or not, the best growers, wholesalers, and florists mostly work with Chrysal products. Everyone who aims to deliver the highest-quality product naturally uses the highest quality and best performing flower food. Only with the best flower food, you can provide the customers with the best possible flowers or floral arrangements.
Wholesaler/Exporter About Chrysal
When flowers are being tested and put on display at the OZ Export offices, a Dutch exporter, they will always do that with Chrysal flower food. And there's a reason for that. The flowers need to look good when displayed, for themselves and their customers of course, but more so for the growers, they do the presentation for they have to make sure the flowers are being presented in the most optimal condition. Roy van der Voort, purchase and webshop manager from OZ Export:
"We have to take the max out of the flowers. For one variety it's important to bloom open in the best way, for another it might be to prevent leaves from turning yellow. With amaryllis in particular, it's the coloring of the flowers, but mainly to keep the water as clear and fresh as possible."
It's no secret that when people in the industry don't use the true Chrysal Flower Food, they generally stay quiet about it. And industry's best companies that use Chrysal, talk about it. With confidence and pride. People don't do that when you use a 'substitute' flower food. People who communicate about their use of flower food normally say: "We naturally use Chrysal!". From Chrysal Some Amaryllis Care Tips Here are some more tips to enjoy this flower for a long time, before, during, and after Christmas:
- Ideally, the cut Amaryllis is placed in water for longer enjoyment (although there are inspirational arrangements without water) Trim the stems diagonally.
- Select a large sturdy vase, as the Amaryllis will get very heavy when it blooms.
- Make sure that the vase is nice and clean, fill it with water, and use Chrysal Clear Bulbosus flower food.
- Place in shallow water to minimize cracking and curling of the stem ends.
- Place the vase in a reasonably cool place, not in a draught or next to the fruit bowl.
You can read more about the Amaryllis and the right flower food at the Chrysal website.
Chrysal flower food testing area Header image contains Amaryllis Rilona from grower Erik Knoppert in design by floral designer Tiffany van Lenten, photographed by OZ Export.