Flower Care Tips

 

Our essential guide on how to care for your flowers.

Orchid Care Guide

Orchid Care Tips

Contrary to popular belief you don't need a green house to successfully grow Orchids, and they aren't the delicate, hard to grow plants some people think they are. Like other houseplants orchids only have a few basic needs, after all orchids have adapted to survive in most areas as "wild" plants.

Light is the important factor to successfully raise and bloom orchids. You can usually judge how much light an orchid needs by watching the leaves. You want the leaves to be a light grass green. This shows that the plant has as much light as it can stand and is trying to protect itself from burning. If the leaves become very yellow, move the plant to more shade. If the leaves become dark emerald green, move the plant to more light. In order to bloom the plant needs light, but not too much. Natural light in a sunny East or South facing windows is best, they like bright indirect light. Harsh South or West windows may be too bright and hot.

Watering is the important thing to get right, and you shouldn't water them more than once a week. Most orchids in the wild grow on trees or other plants, and they get moisture from the air. An orchid should never be allowed to stand alone in water, you need to let water run or be sprayed over the roots and surrounding moss that is provided with your orchid. If the roots are white, firm, and fleshy with green tips the orchid is healthy. Overwatered orchids have few good roots, and many soggy, mushy, brown, dead ones. Most tolerate being dryer better than staying soggy, so don't over water, but don't let them completely dry out either.

Room temperate in most homes will be acceptable for growing orchids, anywhere between 55F at night and 80F during the day is best. Another thing to remember is that in their native environment nearly all plants are exposed to constant breezes. Orchids are no exceptions. Moving air will help them and cut down on disease problems. A small fan will quickly pay for itself by giving you better growing conditions.

You need to raise the humidity levels around your orchid in order to get the best out of your blooms. Find a tray with gravel, and then put water in the tray and then place the orchid above it. The evaporating water will help the plants thrive in a dry environment, but again, never place orchids in standing water.

Most orchids are epiphytes, they are air plants and won't grow in soil. The roots need to dry slightly between waterings. Your normal garden soil won't allow the roots to dry, so the best material to enable the roots to dry is moss. All our orchids come potted in moss, so you don't have to worry about finding the material.

Every Orchid has several 'bloom spikes', which takes 90-120 days to bloom from the time you see it emerge from the plant. The spike can be cut to the base when blooming tapers off and you find the stem unsightly. Many people cut the stem to the 1st or 2nd bract on the stem. This can allow the plant to rebloom from an existing spike, so it's back in bloom sooner. There's no harm in encouraging lateral blooming, but they tend to be smaller blooms. We prefer to remove the spike completely, so the plant can focus energy on a strong new spike.

We hope this is useful, if you would like further advice please feel free to call us on 020 8993 5400.

We hope you enjoy your orchid(s)!

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Tulips Care Guide

When you receive your tulips leave them in their wrap and place in a vase of water under a light source, for about an hour before arranging. This will help to keep the tulips upright for longer, as tulips tend to curve towards the light.

After an hour has passed and ready to be arranged in a vase remove any leaves that may go under water. Click here for a range of suitable vases. While holding the stems under water in a sink or under running water, cut about one inch off each stem with a sharp knife or shears. Do not let the newly cut end dry off before transferring it back to your vase.

Fill your vase with clean warm water. With your tulips you will have received a packet of flower food which you will need to add to the water . Immediately after the stems are cut, place your tulips in the water and if possible leave them in a cool dark room or refrigerator to 'condition' for 2 or 3 hours, so that your arrangement can set.

Temperature is key to the lifespan of flowers. Display your fresh cut tulip arrangements in a cool area out of direct sunlight and drafts.

Tulips are heavy drinking flowers. It is important to check to see that the vase is full and add preservative solution often.

We hope you enjoy your tulips!

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Roses Care Guide

Your rose bouquet will first need a container in which to sit, so find a suitable vase or vessel to place them in. The roses will arrive in an acqua packaging or be carefully wrapped in cellophane. The packaging will contain water which has provided them with refreshment on their journey, but they will be thirsting for some new water. You can chose from a selection of our vases to accompany your roses bouquet which will appear in the checkout or can be found by clicking here, Arena Flowers vases.

When you have found your vase, you then need to add fresh water. Do not use ice cold water, as it is best to use water at room temperature. You will find sellotaped to the acqua packaging or to the side of the box some flower food that needs to be added to the water. This food contains nutrients that will prolong the longevity of your bouquet. Empty the sachet of plant food into the clean water.

Next you need to attend to your roses. You will need remove the protective packaging and drain away the water. Remember to do this over a sink to avoid spillages

The flowers will be held together with string tied around the stems which holds the flowers in place. For red roses be careful as they may be a little thorny. Lay the flowers down on the side board or sink and cut about 3cm off the stems, ensuring you make the incision at a 45-degree angle with a sharp knife. This is to remove a layer that has covered the tips of the flowers which make it harder to drink the water.

In this process it is advisable to place your flowers in water very soon after you have cut the stems, as the cut stems will begin to heal over out of water, and then will be less able to absorb the water when submerged. If you are a dab hand at floristry or are familiar with flowers then you can cut the string around the flowers and then reposition the rose bouquet to fit your vase. Always keep the vase away from fruit, radiators, bright light and drafts.

Remember to take care of your roses. Bacteria quickly formulates in the water; which is harmful to your flowers, so every other day pour away the old water and use fresh clean water. Recut the stems before you return the flowers to their water.

We hope you enjoy your roses!

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Items in “Oasis” Care Guide

Oasis is a floral foam, that is much like a sponge which holds water.  It is a florist's favourite tool, as you can insert the stems of flowers into the foam, which not only means that the flowers are remain in a particular position, but the flowers also receive all the water they need to survive. Oasis is ideal for carefully designed vase arrangements, funeral wreaths or large flower pedestals that you see in church weddings or at receptions.

If you receive an item in oasis, such as a vase arrangement ensure that the water oasis foam is damp. If it is dry pour water down the back of the arrangement slowly so that the water is gradually absorbed by the oasis, and air pockets aren't created.

We hope you enjoy your flowers!

Lily Care Guide / Caring For Lilies

Lilies are large elegant flowers, but they can also be very messy flowers. They have a stamen which quite often stains clothing and skin, and can take a while to remove. The stamens easily fall of when you move your lilies so be sure to remove any that you can see right away. Take a piece of tissue and then with the tissue hold each stamen firmly at its base and tug gently.

Lilies are tall flowers and will need a suitable container in which to sit. You can chose from a selection of our vases to accompany your Lily bouquet which will appear in the checkout or can be found by clicking here, Arena Flowers vases.

When you have found your vase, you then need to add fresh water. Do not use ice cold water, as it is best to use water at room temperature. You will find sellotaped to the acqua packaging or to the side of the box some flower food that needs to be added to the water. This food contains nutrients that will prolong the life of your bouquet. Empty the sachet of plant food into the clean water.

Next you need to attend to your lilies. The Lilies will arrive in an acqua packaging or be carefully wrapped in cellophane. The packaging will contain water which has provided them with refreshment on their journey. You will need remove the protective packaging and drain away the water. Remember to do this over a sink to avoid spillages.

Lay the flowers down on the side board or sink and cut about 2 inches off the stems, ensuring you make the incision at a 45-degree angle with a sharp knife. This is to remove a layer that has covered the tips of the flower stems which make it harder to drink the water. Place your flowers in water very soon after you have cut the stems, as the newly cut stems will begin to heal over out of water, and then will be less able to absorb the water when submerged. If you are a dab hand at floristry or are familiar with flowers then you can cut the string around the flowers and then reposition the lily bouquet to fit your vase.

Remember if you get any lily pollen on your clothing do not rub if off with your hands, as this rubs pollen deeper into the fabric. Use a toothbrush or a dry towel to brush off pollen.

Display your Oriental Lily in well-ventilated spot with bright, indirect sunlight, taking care to keep it away from air conditioners, heaters, and strong drafts. Remember to cut the stems and replace the water every two or three days.

We hope you enjoy your lilies!

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Hand-Ties Care Guide

The first thing you need to do when you or your recipient receives the flowers is to find a suitable vase or vessel to place them in. The flowers will arrive in an acqua packaging or be carefully wrapped in cellophane. The packaging will contain water which has provided them with refreshment on their journey, but they will be thirsting for some new water. Although any vessel will be fine, some recipients would prefer a vase that fits the flowers perfectly. You can chose from a selection of our vases which will appear in the checkout or can be found by clicking here, and can be sent with your flowers.

When you have found your vase, next you need to add fresh water. Do not use ice cold water, as it is best to use water at room temperature. Provided with your flowers, usually sellotaped to the acqua packaging or to the side of the box will be some flower food. This food contains nutrients that will prolong the longevity of your bouquet. Empty the sachet of plant food into the clean water.

Next you need to attend to you flowers. You will need remove the protective packaging and drain away the water. Remember to do this over a sink to avoid spillages

The flowers will be held together with string tied around the stems which holds the flowers in place. Lay the flowers down on the side board or sink and cut about 3cm off the stems, ensuring you make the incision at a 45-degree angle. This is to remove a layer that has covered the tips of the flowers which make it harder to drink the water

In this process it is advisable to place your flowers in water very soon after you have cut the stems, as the cut stems will begin to heal over out of water, and then will be less able to absorb the water when submerged. If you are a dab hand at floristry or are familiar with flowers then you can cut the string around the flowers and then reposition the bouquet to fit your vase. Always keep the vase away from fruit, radiators, bright light and drafts.

Remember to take care of your flowers. Bacteria quickly formulates in the water; which is harmful to your flowers, so every other day pour away the old water and use fresh clean water. Recut the stems before you return the flowers to their water.

We hope you enjoy your hand tie!

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