- Get flowers into cooler immediately. Reduces stress on blooms. Reduces condensation on petals and inside sleeves (Botrytis prevention)
Cooler set point: Regular cooler: 34-38F 80-90% RH
- Spritz counters and cutters throughout day with ready-to-use Chrysal cleaner solution
- Empty trash cans frequently and sanitize regularly (to avoid Botrytis spores floating around)
- Keep tools and choppers sharp. Ragged ends leak cells into the solution. Bacteria explodes
- Rough handling triggers internal production of ethylene in flowers.
- Never drop boxes onto pallets or dump out grower boxes on processing tables = mechanical damage
- Stack boxes on pallets in cooler to avoid soggy bottoms (Botrytis needs moisture)
- Give breathing room in buckets—
- Place sensitive blooms in low-drip locations. Keep flowers DRY to reduce Botrytis problems.
- Check actual temps by checking temp of a bucket of solution—don’t rely on wall thermometers
- Make sure green bits, old buckets, deco moss, lunches and trash cans are out of cooler (Botrytis spreads)
- Shelf placement—provide enough space to avoid bruised flowers when buckets are pulled from middle shelves
- Good airflow between cooler walls and products –reduces electricity use. Improves efficiency
- Foliage boxes closed up between use and at night (avoid dehydration)
Display Coolers –
- Is there good air flow around buckets?
- Shelf placements—avoid flower damage from using buckets too tall for shelf heights
- Regular cooler check-up schedule? Do coils get vacuumed?
- Bouquets too crammed? No air flow = Botrytis problems
- Use paper towels instead of rags to clean. (rags harbor germs –cross contaminating surfaces)
- Under-dose = Waste of $$…impossible to achieve best results
- The wrong solution – using whatever’s at hand (e.g. vase solution for display buckets–too sugary)
- Clean buckets between each use (bacteria is #1 flow-buster!)
- Avoid softened water feeding into store spigots
- Keep flowers DRY. Allow finishing sprays to dry 100% before flowers go into cooler
- Mix Chrysal solutions with cold water or better, pre-chill day ahead to speed uptake in stems
- Topping up with fresh Chrysal solutions (not tap water)
- Never consolidate bucket solutions when consolidating flowers.
- Never pour old solutions into fresh
Consumer – Provide Chrysal flower food and reasons why to use it. Avoid the aspirin, 7-UP, viagra story