Flower Care Here are some tips on how you can extend the life of your flowers
- Fill your vase with fresh luke-warm water and add cut flower food
- Trim 2cms from the bottom of the stems at a clean angle
- Strip leaves below the water line
- Change the water in the vase every 3 days – making sure the vase is cleaned properly.
- Top up baskets and arrangements with fresh water every 3 days
- Keep away from draughts, direct sunlight and heat
- Should roses start to droop at the head, re-cut the stems, place heads together, wrap in paper then stand in deep water for an hour
- Re-cutting the stems periodically will insure that there is a fresh surface from which the stems can take up the water. This will allow the flowers to last even longer.
Rose Care Tips Rose heads can droop when left out of water for a length of time. Revive them by placing the cut stems into one inch of boiling water for about 30 seconds, then remove and place into your prepared vase. This will remove any air pockets in the stem and allow the water to reach the Rose head. Lily Care Tips Lily pollen can stain clothing and furniture, so we recommend cutting out the stamens once they start to open, but before the Lily pollen has developed into a powder. If you do happen to accidentally spill Lily pollen on your clothes or soft furnishings, DON’T RUB OR WET the area, simply vacuum or dab with sellotape to remove. If you have a cat, keep them away from your Lilies, as the pollen can be harmful to cats. Peace Lily Plant Preferred Conditions: Keep damp, cool and shaded, away from direct sunlight. Water: Every 5-7 days and mist occasionally. Your Peace Lily will tell you when it needs watering as its leaves will droop (but try not to let it get to that stage). Orchid Plant Orchids like cool air, regular misting and are sensitive to ethylene gas produced by fruit, so keep away from your fruit basket. Orchids absorb food and water through their leaves, so mist the leaves – not flower heads, once a week. Water the roots with about a tablespoon of water once a week in summer and once a fortnight in the winter. Did you know? In their natural habitat Orchids grow on trees and use their roots to cling to branches so let the roots be exposed to light to ensure it continues to produce enough energy for itself. Miniature Rose Bush Keep in an area that receives at least six hours of sunlight and turn the pot each day so all sides of the rose get equal amounts of sunlight. If the summer gets extremely hot, some afternoon shade made be necessary to keep the rose from drying out too quickly and wilting. Water the rose each day so the soil stays moist but that the plant does not sit in the standing water. Feed your rose every two weeks with a slow-release rose fertiliser that is rich in phosphorus. Prune the rose to keep tidy looking. Check the rose often for pests such as aphids, which are more commonly found on roses. The little green bugs can be picked off, and if there is an infestation of them, use an insecticide. Powdery mildew shows up as a white powdery coating on the leaves and can spread to other plants if not controlled. Cut off any leaves that have it, and keep the rose away from other plants until it is gone. Lavender Plant Lavender plants will tolerate many growing conditions, but it thrives in warm, well-drained soil and full sun. Lavender is a tough plant and is extremely drought resistant, once established.