Care Instructions

Flowers

ARRANGEMENT IN WATER

Light: Keeping your arrangement in a location out of direct light, extreme heat, or cold will help extend its life.

Water: Room temperature water changed every one to two days will help your arrangement stay bright and vibrant for as long as possible.

Care: Give stems a fresh cut every one to two days directly before each water change using a sharp knife or spring-loaded shears. Scissors can crush and damage the stem.

 

ARRANGEMENT IN FLORAL FOAM

Light: Keeping your arrangement in a location out of direct light, extreme heat, or cold will help extend its life.

Water: Before leaving the shop, each section of floral foam is soaked in nutrient rich water. Check the foam every day to make sure it is still damp and replenish using room temperature water.

Care: To keep your arrangement fresh and beautiful even longer, you can move the arrangement to a cool, dark place over night, such as a basement or a garage. 

 

HAND TIED BOUQUET

Light: Keeping your flowers in a location out of direct light, extreme heat, or cold will help extend its life.

Water: Hand tied bouquets have stems that are either individually water tubed or wrapped in a foam soaked in nutrient rich water. Either treatment will keep your bouquet fresh and healthy for 3-5 hours, though transferring to fresh water as soon as possible is recommend. Once returning home, give each stem a fresh cut on an angle using a sharp knife or spring-loaded shears. Scissors can crush and damage the stem. Place stems in room temperature water.

Care: Give your flowers a fresh cut and water change every day or two to help extend their life. If you have flower food, mix it in with the water according to dosage on the packet. 

 

FLORAL WREATH

Light: Keep your wreath out of direct sunlight, and store in a cool, dark place.

Water: A light misting of water should keep your wreath fresh and healthy.

Care: Fresh floral wreaths are best displayed the day of delivery or pick up. A floral wreath may maintain its vibrancy for two to three days if misted with water daily, and stored in a cool place overnight. 

 

Plants

AFRICAN VIOLETS

Light: African Violets do best in indirect early morning and late afternoon light. Rotate your violets a quarter turn each week to make sure they receive light evenly.

Watering: Allow the roots of the plant to dry almost completely between waterings. They enjoy moist, but not wet, soil. Avoid getting water on leaves, as it can cause discoloration and spotting.  A sponge can be used to wipe leaves dry before placing back in sunlight.

Care: Keep the plants away from vents, fans or entrance doors to prevent cold blasts of air. African Violets enjoy a temperate climate with moderate to high levels of humidity. Grouping your violets together can increase humidity levels, but do not allow leaves or blooms to touch.

 

CACTUS/ SUCCULENT GARDEN

Light: Bright, indirect light is best. Do not allow your plants to bake in midday sun. If new growth is pale green and elongated, more light is needed, while yellow, tan or red growth signals the need for less light or more filtration between the plant and light source.  

Water: Once per week during growing cycles and once per month during cooler months is sufficient. Let the soil dry completely between waterings and water thoroughly until it soaks through the bottom of the soil. 

Care: Succulents and cacti are low maintenance for much of their life. Make sure that they are in a soil medium that is porous enough to let water drain through, such as sand or small pebbles. If re-potting, do not use commercial potting soils, as they are too rich in organic matter for most succulent and cacti.

 

JADE PLANT

Light: Bright and sunny windows work well, and it can go outdoors in summer. Safe heat range is between 41-95 degrees.

Water: Light watering. Allow the top layer of soil to dry between waterings.

Care: Fertilize about every six months, after watering. 

 

PAPERWHITES

Light: Moderate, indirect light away from a heat source.

Water: Water when soil feels dry and do not wet leaves or blooms.

Care: Paper whites are beautiful, but short-lived flowers. Once the flowering has stopped, dispose of the flowers as the bulbs will not bloom again. 

 

POINSETTIA

Light: Poinsettias are tropicals that appreciate bright, direct sunlight. Place your plant near a south, east or west facing sunny window. 

Water: Water only when the soil feels dry to the touch.  Soak the plant all the way through until water comes through drainage holes, being sure to wipe away any excess water. Standing water can cause the leaves to droop or wilt.

Care: Keep your plant in moderate temperatures ranging from 65 and 70 degrees. Slightly cooler temperatures at night should not injure the plant, but keep the leaves away from cold windowpanes and vents. 

 

POTTED AMARYLLIS

Light: Keep your potted amaryllis in indirect sunlight, away from a heat source. Temperatures between 70-75 degrees work well and it’s best to turn the plant facing indoors, where the blooms can be enjoyed.

Water: Keep the soil moist, but not soggy, in a container with adequate drainage.

Care: Keep your amaryllis away from extreme heat or cold. After the plant has finished blooming, move it back to a sunny window and give it water when the soil surface is dry. 

 

POTTED ORCHID

Light: Potted orchids thrive with indirect light. Consider a southern facing window in your home. 

Watering:  Orchids are extremely sensitive to over-watering, so err on the conservative side.  We recommend a shot glass (or ice cube) of water once a week. Every plant and environment is different, so touch the soil around the base of the plant and make sure it feels dry before watering. 

Care: When the last bloom has fallen, cut your stem down and continue to care for it per the instructions above and it will re-bloom. Be patient- this will take months, but is certainly worth it! Orchids benefit from monthly fertilization, which can be purchased at your local home and garden center. 

 

SPATH (PEACE LILY)    

Light: Place your plant in a well-lit area, ideally with direct sun. East or West facing windows are preferable.  Spath plants prefer temperatures between 60-85 degrees.

Watering: Spath plants require consistently moist soil but do not like sitting in standing water. Make sure to either pot in a vessel with drainage -or- be conservative and regular with your waterings. 

Care: Re-pot your peace lily as it grows, usually once a year. It thrives with summer fertilization, which can be purchased at any home and garden center.  

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