FloraLife Troubleshooting: Chysanthemum Disbud

Chysanthemum Disbud: Troubleshooting

Chysanthemum Disbud: Troubleshooting

Disbuds are a traditional classic but their contemporary flair makes them versatile in high style modern designs. Single chrysanthemum, known as disbud or mum, are classified as Cremon, Disbud and Fuji. Available year-round in a wide range of colors, these perfect focal flowers with the right care and handling are not only beautiful but long-lasting.


Problems & Solutions


Ethylene Sensitivity


Although low risk, to minimize any effect due to ethylene exposure, Disbuds can benefit from an ethylene action-inhibitor product such as EthylBloc™ during storage and transportation or from an STS treatment at farm level such as FloraLife® EthylGuard*.


Disease Sensitivity


Botrytis on stems, leaves and flowers. Practice good disease control regime during growing phase. Be sure not to over pack boxes and buckets to allow good airflow. Maintain cold chain to avoid condensation in sleeves which can lead to botrytis. Also, gently remove the protective nets from the blooms upon processing at store level.


Physical/Mechanical Damage


Disbuds are prone to physical damage. Flower heads will typically have nets on to protect them from damage during shipping. These nets need to be removed before the product is processed at store level. Removing these nets after the Disbuds have been hydrating for 1 hour or more can be challenging and result in damage that is irreversible. Some can also have weak stems which can break during shipping & handling if not handled properly or if not packed properly.

Need to Know: Disbud Helpful Hints


Properly Dosing and Mixing Flower Food: The Benefits

  • Helps blooms fully develop
  • Helps stay hydrated and avoid wilting
  • Results in longer vase life and better color development

Keep them Fresh!

  • It is recommended to treat with an ethylene action-inhibitor such as EthylBloc™ during storage and transportation or FloraLife® EthylGuard* at farm level followed by hydration with FloraLife® Express Clear 100.
  • Recommended flower food solution for storage/transport: FloraLife® Express Clear ULTRA 200.
  • Use FloraLife® Transport Paper during shipping and storage.
  • Recommended flower food solution for end consumers: FloraLife® Express Universal 300, FloraLife® Universal 300* or FloraLife Crystal Clear® packets.
  • Cooler / Storage temperature should be 34-38°F, 1-3°C.
  • Dry pack is the preferred method of shipping but if shipping wet pack be sure the buckets have been cleaned and sanitized.


  • Average vase life for Disbud is 15-25 days.
  • Opening speed: Once processed and nets removed, blooms will be fully open within 12-24 hours but will hold for the duration of their vase life.
  • Disbuds can be mixed with other flowers without any negative effects.
  • Foliage should be green. Foliage yellowing and wilting can be due to improper storage and/or growing conditions.
  • When processing, look for healthy green foliage, flower buds protected and free of physical injury and disease (botrytis). Be sure to allow good airflow and remove flower head nets upon processing to avoid botrytis development. If you aren't using FloraLife® Express technology, you'll want to re-cut stems. If water levels become low, you should repeat your processing steps replenishing with a freshly made flower food solution.
  • Disbuds are perfect focal flowers with stems that are hardy and long-lasting. They perform well in foam but be sure to hydrate for a few hours prior to designing. Cut stems at an angle before inserting into foam and check foam saturation daily to keep stems hydrated.
  • Use FloraLife® Finishing Touch spray once designs are complete to keep blooms fresh and hydrated.


  • Our recommendation for inventory rotation is to follow the FIFO (First in First Out) guidelines and to follow strict cold chain protocols.


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