Flower & Plant Care

Fresh Flower Care

Loose Flower Arrangement Tips

Use only clean non-metallic vases or containers

  • Some of our customers forego flower food and simply use a generic brand spring water.  Spring water will be more pure than water from your tap.  Be certain that the vase is sterile (bleach or the dishwasher) and that you use tepid-lukewarm water.  If you choose to use flower food please follow the directions on the flower food container – too much flower food can do more harm than good.
  • Remove all leaves and foliage  which may be underwater in the vase. Leaves left underwater will rot and create bacteria.
  • Cut (at an angle) about 1 inch off the base of each flower stem using a sharp knife or scissors. Immediately place each stem into the vase as it is cut.
  • Keep the flowers in a cool and well ventilated spot out of direct sunlight and away from heat. As a general rule of thumb: the cooler the temperature, the slower the flowers will open and the longer they will last.
  • Never put fresh flowers close to fruit or vegetables or store in refrigerators as the ethelyne gas given off by produce can greatly diminish their life span.   (With the exception of corsages in sealed plastic bags).
  • Change the water every 2 or 3 days, or whenever the water appears murky. When you change the water we recommend you clean the vase and cut the stems again.

Roses

  • When you arrange roses, trim the stems again and carefully remove any loose or discolored outer petals. As the rose opens, look for opportunities to refresh the appearance of selected roses by carefully removing additional unsightly petals.
  • Store the roses in a cool environment. When working with fresh cut flowers, remember that the cooler the temperature, the slower the flowers will open and the longer they will last. Do not expose fresh cut flowers to freezing temperatures.
  • Re-cut the stems and change the water every 2 to 3 days or as needed.

Oriental Lilies & Asiatic Lilies

  • Cut each stem 1 inch from the bottom and put them in water.
  • Be sure to remove the stamens (little pollen sacks) as the blooms open. They can stain the flower, furniture, or your clothes once the bloom is fully opened.
  • Re-cut the stems and change the water.

Sunflowers

  • Sunflowers are shipped in an early blooming stage, Sunflowers can take several days to open properly.
  • When you receive the Sunflowers make sure to remove any foliage that is not needed. Foliage on Sunflowers is VERY absorbent and can prevent water from reaching the flower head.
  • Cut each stem 1 inch from the bottom and place them in water.
  • Change the water and re-cut the stems every 2 to 3 days or as needed.

Hydrangea

  • Hydrangea are very  water-sensitive flowers.
  •  Cut about 1/2 inch up from the bottom of the stem UNDER WATER (either submerged or under running water). Immediately place the flower in clean water.
  • Hydrangea must be kept in water. If you remove this flower from water it will begin to show fatigue quickly
  • Change the water and re-cut the stems every 2 to 3 days or as needed.

Professional Tips For Elegant Vase Arrangements

  • Use clear water ( no preservative) for the construction phase of your vase arrangement.
  • Remove any foliage or excess floral material that may be below the water line from all the flowers and lay them aside.
  • Cut the bottom of the stems at an angle with sharp scissors or a sharp knife.
  • Start adding the taller center flowers to the vase first, then add to the outside of the arrangement, graduate the height downward a few inches. Remember to never allow any foliage to be submerged.
  • Then add greenery and accessory flowers last.  Some people, however, prefer to start with greenery to stabilize the flowers as they are placed in the vase.  This works well with bushier foliages like boxwood.  Just be certain to remove any leaves that will be submerged.
  • The water should be changed immediately upon the completion of the arrangement.  This time add preservative.
  • Changing the water and recutting the stems every 2 or 3 days can greatly lengthen vase life.

Plant Care

Phalaenopsis Orchid Plant

  • The phalaenopsis, or “moth” orchid is our favorite for novice growers. We have found that this variety requires the least care and can last for an amazingly long time. We personally select each plant to insure that there is substantial bloom time and that it will remain healthy and robust.
  • To maximize your enjoyment of this beautiful specimen, place it in an area of your home, which has bright-diffused light, such as a North or East window, or slightly away from a South or West window. Direct sunlight in the spring or summer can damage the plant, but they love bright-diffused light.
  • DO NOT OVER-WATER!
  • Water only every 10 days and 2 weeks depending on your household humidity. Late in the evening, remove the plastic orchid pot from the decorative container place in the sink. Saturate the orchid and allow draining in the sink overnight. The next morning you may replace it into the decorative container and return to it’s sunny location. Always be certain that there is no water standing in the bottom of the decorative container.
  • Once the bloom cycle is finished, reduce watering to once per month or so, but keep your plant in a sunny spot. (Some of our customers will add a stem of silk orchids at this point to keep it attractive.) Trim the bloom stalks back only to green area. The plant will re-bloom from this stalk, so it is very important not to remove it entirely. Within 6 months or so, you should see the beginning of nodules on the bloom stalk (little bumps on the stem). At this point, resume watering at the previous interval, and enjoy the new bloom cycle.

Bromeliad

  • A Bromeliad is the hardiest houseplant you can have. When watering, soak the bottom roots in water, and then let it sit over night before putting it back in its decorative container. The plant may die if it sits in water. This plant only needs to be watered every 3 – 4 weeks. Then make sure soil is dry in between watering.
  • Place the bromeliad in bright diffused sunlight, do not expose to direct sun. Will tolerate limited lower light. The plant needs to be placed in a moderate to warm temperature location.
  • Often times another plant will develop from the first plant. The new plant will continue the life cycle.