Fresh Flower and Plant Care
It's good to know how to care for your fresh flowers and plants correctly so that you can prolong their longevity and get the most of new blooms.
When you receive your fresh flowers you need to get them into water as soon as possible! Follow these simple steps to get the most out of your fresh blooms.
Remove the packaging from your flowers. If it is a hand crafted bouquet leave the tie in place.
Fill a clean vase two-thirds with fresh water and pop in the flower food.
Cut 2cm off the stems at an angle.
Remove any leaves that fall beneath the water line. This helps stop bacteria growth.
Change the water every couple of days
Flowers are thirsty so top up the water in your vase to make sure they can keep drinking. Ideally your vase should always be two thirds full. Every couple of days completely clean out the vase and add fresh, clean water. This will help stop the growth of bacteria and prolong the life of your blooms. When changing the water be sure to remove any dying flowers and foliage and to recut the stems before they go back into water.
Cut the stems
When you receive your flowers and when you replace the vase water, you need to re-cut the stems. When flowers are out of water, cells begin to grow over where the previous cut was made as the stems are trying to seal up this cut. This prevents water from being taken up the stem, so cutting them prevents this.
Use the flower food
Make sure to add in the flower food provided. Flower food has a combination of nutrients to feed your flowers and a sterilising agent to get rid of bacteria.
Place your flowers in a cool room
Keep your flowers in a space that is free from draughts and heat, preferably in a cooler room as this will help prolong the life of your blooms.
Just brought or received one of our wonderful plants and not sure how to look after it? Have a read of our most popular plants we stock and how to look after them.
Succulents are one of our most favourite plants in our little shop and a perfect starter plants as they are easy to care for. Follow our tips to make sure yours lives a healthy and happy life!
Succulents need lots of light to grow. Succulents love light and don't generally need direct sunlight but they need to be placed near a light source such as a windowsill or patio. If your plant starts to turn pale and spindly and is reaching towards light they aren't getting enough of it. This is called etiolation. Move your plant to an area with more sunlight. Do this gradually as succulents that are exposed to a lot of light quickly can get sunburnt. Succulents lean towards the sun so rotate your plant often so that the entire plant is catching some rays.
Succulents have adapted so they can survive periods of drought so need very little watering. Overwatering will actually kill your plant so they don't need watering everyday or even every week. The best rule of thumb is to water your plant when the soil becomes dry. Soft and wrinkly leaves are also a sign that your plant needs a good drink. Water on top of the soil or place in a saucer and let it drink up but for no longer than a hour. Don't mist or spray bottle your plants as this will cause them to rot. You will only need to water your succulent during spring and summer and leave them alone in autumn and winter. If you like a hot house in the winter then a drop of water every now and then won't hurt.
Succulents don't like to sit in water and have delicate roots so this would actually cause them to rot. Make sure you choose a pot for your succulent that has drainage holes, terracotta pots are ideal. Succulents need soil that drains so make sure to plant them in cacti/succulent soil that you can find at any garden centre.