Flower Care

Take a look at our essential flower care tips below. These tips and tricks will help keep your flowers and fresh products looking great for as long as possible. We have also included care instructions for some flowers which may require special attention. Rest assured that following these simple tips will help you get the most out of your arrangement. Enjoy!

Vase Arrangement Care

  • Water your flowers daily with fresh, room temperature water
  • Avoid pouring water onto the leaves or heads of flowers — this may cause leaves and petals to turn brown
  • Keep your flowers in a cool spot away from the following: direct sunlight, heating or cooling vents, ceiling fans, and appliances. (Appliances like televisions give off heat, which can damage fragile blooms.)

Flower Bowl Care

  • Replace the water in your flower bowl every second day. To do so, hold your bowl over a sink and gently pour the water out of the bowl. While pouring out the water, use your free hand to hold the blooms in place. Re-fill your bowl with clean, room temperature water
  • Many flowers in your bowl will be long-lasting. Pull out tired looking blooms as needed and re-arrange remaining blooms to enjoy a minimalist design 

Potted Plants

Although some plants have much more specific instructions, these can serve as a good guideline for all potted plants:

  • Keep your plant in medium light (natural light works best) and out of direct sunlight
  • Make sure the soil of your plant is moist, neither too wet or too dry, and avoid wetting the plant leaves
  • Avoid placing your plant is excessively hot or cold locations, avoid placing it under ceiling fans, near windows, on appliances or near heating or cooling vents

Orchid Encased in a Vase

A cymbidium orchid in a vase is one of our longest-lasting arrangements which should last approximately 2 to 4 weeks.

  • Ensure the stem of your orchid is always sitting in water
  • Approximately once a week, gently remove the cymbidium and trim the bottom of the orchid stem at an angle. Change the water in the vase and re-position the cymbidium in the vase. To remove the cymbidium stem pour water on the inside walls of the vase, this will allow the cymbidium to slide out without causing damage to the buds.
  • To ease the stem back into the vase, wet the entire orchid stem under a stream of water—doing this will make it much easier to slide the orchid stem back into place without damaging the blooms.

Hydrangea Care

Hydrangeas are one of the most beautiful and popular flowers we use. They can require some special care. Follow these steps to extend the life and enjoyment of your hydrangea. 

  • Trim your hydrangea every day
  • Change the water in your hydrangea every day. Replace older water with fresh, warm water--the warm water will encourage your flower to drink more
  • Cut stems at an angle with sharp, clean clippers or a knife
  • If you notice that your hydrangea is taking on a wilted or droopy appearance, do not panic. Simply take the hydrangea out of the arrangement, trim its stem, and place the trimmed flower into a separate vase of very warm water. The surge of warm water will often revive your hydrangea very quickly—you should see the head of the flower straighten and the petals should re-gain their original shape and structure. If you act as soon as possible, these steps can save your hydrangea, but if your flower becomes limp and weak, it will be too late to revive it.

Bouquet Care

  • Place cut flowers into a vase containing room temperature water and flower food. Ensure that no plant debris or leaves sit below the water line
  • Trim the stems of each flower and place them back into fresh water every second day
  • If the water in the vase becomes cloudy simply replace the water and trim the stems of each flower
  • Keep your flowers in a cool spot away from the following: direct sunlight, heating or cooling vents, ceiling fans, and appliances. (Appliances like televisions give off heat, which can damage fragile blooms.)

Air Plant Care

  • Water your plant when you first receive it by submerging it completely in room temperature water for 20-30 minutes. Let your plant dry out completely on a clean towel before placing it back in your arrangement or vase
  • Mist your air plant using clean water in a spray bottle once per week 
  • Water your air plant every two weeks by completely submerging it in room temperature water for one hour. Let your plant dry out completely on a clean towel before placing it back in your arrangement or vase
  • Keep your air plant in a location with filtered sunlight and away from extremely hot or cool spots in your home

Succulent Care

  • Potted succulent: Water your succulent thoroughly once every two weeks, but do not let your plant sit in standing water. Let your plant dry out completely in between waterings
  • Cut succulent: Using clean water and a spray bottle, mist your succulent once per week to keep it hydrated. Do not let your cut succulent sit in standing water
  • Tip: If leaves appear yellow, then you are over-watering your succulent. Let your plant dry out completely and then try to resume a watering schedule. If leaves appear wilted and soft, your succulent is thirsty! Try watering your plant more often to keep it healthy
  • All succulents grow best in indirect, filtered sunlight. Limit exposure to temperature extremes 

Phalaenopsis Orchid Care

Although sometimes a high maintenance plant, the Phalaenopsis Orchid can be much easier to care for if the following factors are considered and if the recommended steps are followed:

Light: Orchid plants prefer medium to bright light, but avoid direct sunlight. If you are growing the plant under a fluorescent light it should be at least 30 cm (12 inches) from the bulb to ensure there is no damage to the leaves.

Temperature: The optimal temperature for any houseplant falls within a range of 17-25°C, (62-77F) but good air circulation is also needed. A small fan can help to create air circulation, but ensure it does not blow directly on your orchid plant. You will also need to ensure your plant is away from heaters, cold drafts, and that it is not directly under a ceiling fan or on top of electrical equipment such as a television or radiator.

Humidity: The easiest ways to produce the level of humidity your orchid requires is to either place a tray filled with pebbles and water near your orchid plant or, mist the plant with water in the morning. Do not mist the plant at night because an excess collection of water on the plant overnight can create possible problems with disease.

Watering: Before you water your plant, make sure the top 1-2 inches are dry to the touch-if it is still wet do not add more water. As a general rule of thumb, your orchid plant should be watered every 7-10 days in the summer and 10-14 days in the winter if its grown in moss. If it is being grown in an orchid mix you will need to water more frequently. Do not allow your orchid plant to stand in water as it may cause rot. Also ensure the water is luke warm and not cold to the touch.

Fertilizing: It is not recommended to feed your orchid while its in bloom, unless you are a seasoned grower. Plain water will be best to start with, but if you do start fertilizing, it is recommended to use a 20-20-20- fertilizer or anything with a balanced formula at half of the recommended strength every second time you water after your orchid has finished blooming. 

Repotting: If your plant is showing a lot of roots, whether inside or outside the pot, you know its time to repot your orchid. However, only repot if the orchid is NOT in bloom because you risk losing the blooms. When choosing a pot, try to remember that most orchids like to be root-bound. Clean the roots and cut the dead (shriveled) ones off, but try to avoid hurting any of the healthy root tips.

Where to Cut: When your orchid has finished blooming, cut one inch just below the first bloom. Sometimes a branch will emerge with more blooms from one of the nodes on the stem. If nothing happens in 6-8 weeks, cut the stem all the way back. A new spike will form after its resting period. To re-bloom, place your orchid near a south facing window or somewhere in the house where its warm during the day and cool at night. A 5 -8°C (10-15F) difference between night and day is required for blooming. The orchid plant blooms between 17-25°C (62-77F).