Flower & Plant Care Tips

Cut Flowers

Cut stems straight across or slantwise using flower cutters or a sharp knife. Do not use scissors.
Cut stems under water that is fresh, clean and warm (100 to 110 degrees F). Garden flowers and
tropicals should be cut in warm water (80 to 100 degrees F).

Transfer cut flowers to a vase or container filled with water at the appropriate temperature. Remove
all foliage that will be below the water line.

If you are using special cut flower preservatives to prolong the life of your flowers and arrest bacterial
growth in the water, follow package instructions. Add water to the container as needed and replenish
solution every 1-2 days. If you're not using preservatives, change the water, scrub the container clean
and re-cut flower stems daily.

Place arranged flowers in a cool location, especially at night. Keep away from heat sources, drafts
and air conditioners.


Flowering Plants

Flowering plants need good light, moderate temperatures, reasonable humidity, uniform moisture
in the soil, and a little fertilizer occassionally.

Light: Flowering plants need all the sunshine that can be provided in your home, particularly in winter. Place them near an east or south window.

Temperature: Most flowering plants grow best an night temperatures of 50 to 60 degrees F, and day temperatures of 65 to 70 degrees F. Do not place them over radiators. Keep them out of drafts.

Humidity: Keep room humidity as high as possible. Increase humidity around the plant by placing it in a plant box or jardeniere filled with moist peat moss.

Watering: Inspect soil daily and add water when the soil feels dry to the touch. When watering, wet the soil all the way down.

Fertilizing: If you keep flowering plants longer than six to eight weeks, some plant food should be added. Follow directions on the fertilizer box.


Foliage Plants

Foliage plants grow better if you give them proper light, suitable temperatures, adequate moisture and a little plant food.

Light: Place foliage plants in or near a window where they receive good light during part of the day. Most plants do not like the intensely brights sunshine of mid-summer. They thrive near a south or east window during the fall, winter and spring months. If you cannot place them hear a window, use artificial lights over them.

Watering: Keep the soil moist. Examine it once a week. When the soil feels dry to the touch, add enough water to wet the soil all the way to the bottom of the pot. Be sure than any excess water is drained off.

Temperature: Most foliage plants thrive best at night temperatures of 60 to 65 degrees F, and day temperatures of 70 to 80 degrees F.

Fertilizing: Since the amount of soil and nutrients available in a small pot is limited, small quantities of plant food are desirable at three to four-week intervals, used according to the directions on the package.


Fresh-Cut Bouquets & Floral Arrangements

If the flowers are arranged in floral foam, which most will be, all you have to do is add water daily; the foam acts as a preservative to prolong the life of the flowers. Place in a cool location away from heat and drafts. Keep in a cool place overnight.


Body Flowers (Corsages)

Wearing flowers for daytime or evening occasions is both fashionable and fun. Body Flowers (corsages) can be worn on the wrist or in the hair. Wear them on a collar, on the waist or on the shoulder. Wear them on a purse. But remember, always wear them the way the flowers grow: blossoms up, stems down.

Guard your flowers carefully against sudden exposures to cold air. In very cold weather, carry your Body Flowers in the box. Put them on after you arrive for the festivities. And remember, too much handling bruises delicate petals and stems.

To keep your Body Flowers fresh and bright for a second day, cover with wet cotton or a thin wet cloth; refrigerate in the florist's box. (Orchids are the exception. Unwind the stem wrapping and place the orchid stem under water. Keep in a cool place, out of drafts, but not in the refrigerator.)


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