Certain varieties of cut flowers last longer than others. Carnations, for example can remain vibrant for long periods. Roses have a shorter vase life, but are prized for their special and delicate beauty. When buying flowers, be sure to ask your florist how long you should expect your arrangement to last. Whatever variety you choose, a little TLC will go a long way to keep your blooms looking fresh longer.Here are a few handy hints and tips that can help add days to their beauty.
What is Flower Food & Why Use It?
Flower food is a combination of additives that help to nourish the flowers and discourage bacteria from growing in the water. It is one of the best - and easiest - ways to extend the life of your flowers. It is very important to follow the directions on the package correctly. Improperly mixed floral food can do more harm than good.
Keep your arrangement in a cool spot (65 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit, 18 to 22 degrees Celsius), away from direct sunlight, heating or cooling vents, direct drafts from a ceiling fan and the tops of televisions or radiators. Appliances, even TV's can give off heat and cause your flowers to dehydrate.
Care For Flower Arrangement In Wet Foam
If your flowers arrive in wet floral foam, be sure to keep the foam soaked in water treated with the flower food provided by your florist. Be sure to follow the directions on the package.
Care For Flower Arrangement Arriving In Water
Keep the vase filled with water containing the floral food provided by your florist. Be sure to follow the directions on the package. If the solution becomes cloudy, replace it entirely. Cut flower stems one to two inches with a sharp knife to keep them drinking. Remove leaves that will be below the water line. Leaves in the water will promote bacteria growth and will harm the flowers.
Flower Arrangement Containing Woody Stems & Branches
Cut the stems with sharp pruning shears. Place in warm water containing fresh floral food to promote opening of blooms and blossoms.
Air Plant (No Soil Needed)
Temperature - 50˚F to 90˚F Light - Indirect medium to bright light; A great spot would be 5 to 10 feet from a sunny window Water - Once a week or every two weeks, submerge plant (making sure not the flower if there is one) in a bowl of water for 10 to 20 minutes then let air plant dry well; In hotter climates, submerge longer or more frequently, once every month for a 2-hour soak and let dry; Light misting helps keeps the plant happy; Great places to keep air plants are in the kitchen and in the bathroom
Temperature - No less than 59˚F Light - Indirect low to medium light levels Water - Frequent but a small amount each time; Spritz water on foliage frequently Growth Height - Up to 18"W x 18"H Fertilizer - Once every summer
Temperature - 70˚F to 90 ˚F Light - Bright indirect sunlight Water - Once per week when soil is dry-to-touch; Keep well-drainage soil on the dry side Growth Height- 15” to 20”H Fertilizer - Once a month
Temperature - 40˚F/50˚F to induce blooming; 60˚F nighttime temperature to prolong blooms Light - Direct/high light; Partial shade during the summer season Water - Once or twice per week
Temperature - 60˚F; keep temperature constant and this plant will thrive Light - Bright Filtered light; Bring plant outside during warm season Water - Once or twice per week; Water when well-drainage soil is moist but not soggy
Temperature - 50˚F Plus; Does well in cool and hot temperatures Light - Low to medium light Water - Once per week; Light watering Growth Height - 8" to 25" Fertilizer - Twice a year during summer season .
Temperature - 50˚F Plus Light - Full Sun and Partial Shade; High Light Water - Water when soil starts to dry; Once a week; Spritz water on foliage frequently Growth Height - 8" to 25" Fertilizer - Twice a year during summer season
Temperature - 50˚F to 70˚F Light - Tolerates most light levels Water - Once a week; Avoid watering the leaves Fertilizer - Once a month
Temperature - 65˚F to 80˚F Light - Bright Filtered Light Water - Once or Twice per Week; Keep soil moist
Temperature - 50˚F to 60˚F Light - Bright and high levels of light; Great locations is a sunny window with 3-4 hours of sunlight. Water - Once a week; Light watering
Terrariums are self-contained mini ecosystems that usually takes care of itself but some maintenance and care is still needed. General maintenance of open and closed terrariums include the removal of dead foliage to avoid growth of bacteria and fungi, wiping and cleaning dust and excess water, and pruning of plants when overcrowding occurs.
Temperature - 60˚F to 80˚F Light - Bright Indirect Sunlight Water - Terrariums can usually go 2-3 months without water but every now and then light misting or water droplets applied with a water dropper helps keep the plants thriving.
Temperature - 60˚F to 80˚F Light - Bright Indirect Sunlight Water - Terrariums can usually go 2-3 months without water but every now and then light misting or water droplets applied with a water dropper helps keep the plants thriving
Orchid Plants at QG Floral are artistically designed to complement any home or businesses that need a sophisticated touch. General care for Phalaenopsis and other types of orchids are minimal, making it a perfect low-maintenance gift. The temperature range that these orchids thrive in is 65 to 85 degrees and the blooming time depends on the watering amount, light and air quality. Follow our simple orchid care tips to keep your orchid thriving!
General Orchid Care Tips
The most common issue that any plant owner runs into is overwatering. Overwatering will cause root rotting and will inevitably kill the plant, the same applies to an orchid plant. To avoid this, gauging the moisture level of the soil before watering is important. Once you bring your plant home, avoid watering for one week, then proceed to water once a week.
To check the moisture level, stick your finger about an inch deep into the potting mix near the base of the plant. If the mix feels moist, check back again in a day or two or until the mix is on the drier side—it is fine for an orchid plant to be a bit on the dry side as our plants are usually potted in a no-drainage container. If slight wrinkling of the leaves is seen, this means that the plant is being under watered.
The Ice Cube Technique
A simple way to gauge water levels is by using the ice cube technique. When it is time for watering, Just 3-5 ice cubes around the base of the plant will be sufficient. The cubes will slowly melt and seep into the potting mix, giving enough time for the roots to drink and avoid excess water pooling at the bottom of the container.
Blooms and Leaves
Orchid plants thrive in 50% plus humidity levels, so every time you water your plant, spritzing the blooms will maximize the plant’s potential. For further care, every now and then, preferably once a week, wiping the leaves with a moist paper towel to get rid of dust will allow the plants to breathe better.
Bright indirect sunlight is the preferred light level for orchid plants, although low light conditions are fine as well.
When is it time to repot?
It is time to repot your orchid plant when it stops blooming—never repot when it is in bloom. More reasons to repot your plant is when there is lack of plant/bloom growth, yellow foliage, damaged roots or when the roots grow over the edge of the pot. At least once every year, orchid plants need to be repotted with new planting materials so that your plant can re-bloom and have space to grow. Bring your orchids in and we can help you repot them so that you can enjoy your plant longer.