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FLOWER & PLANT INFORMATION AND TIPS
Below we offer free horticultural advice, information and tips for cut flower care, roses, growing plants and flowers, gardening, pottery care and more. We only ask that you tell your friends and family about Flowersonly.com!
How to Lengthen the Life of Your Fresh Cut Flowers and Floral Arrangement:

A little extra care can make a big difference for any size flower arrangement or fresh flower bouquet. Most floral arrangements last 4-7 days or longer, depending on the flowers used and the care they receive.

For self or florist arranged flower arrangements:

  • Keep the vase filled (or floral foam soaked) with water containing a flower food provided by your florist. Flower foods make flowers last longer but it is important to follow the mixing directions on the flower food packet. Most packets are to be mixed with either a pint or a quart of water. Flower foods should not be diluted with more water than is specified on the packet.

  • If the flower food solution becomes cloudy, replace it entirely with properly mixed flower food solution. If possible, re-cut stems by removing one to two inches with a sharp knife. Be sure to use a sharp knife or clippers that will not crush the stems. Immediately place the stems into solution.

  • Keep flowers in a cool spot (65 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit), away from direct sunlight, heating or cooling vents, directly under ceiling fans, or on top of televisions or radiators. (Appliances like televisions give off heat, which causes flowers to dehydrate.) Most flowers will last longer under cool conditions.

  • For loose cut flowers:

  • Keep your flowers in a cool place until you can get them in a flower food solution. Don't forget how important it is to follow the mixing directions on the flower food packet.

  • Fill a clean (washed with a detergent or antibacterial cleaning solution), deep vase with water and add a flower food from your florist.

  • Remove leaves that will be below the waterline. Leaves in water will promote bacterial microbial growth that may limit water uptake by the flower.

  • Re-cut stems by removing one to two inches with a sharp knife. Place the flowers in the vase solution you've prepared.

  • When you purchase loose cut flowers for your own designs you should consider these tips:

    - When selecting flowers, look for flowers with upright, firm petals and buds beginning to open. Yellow, spotted or drooping leaves are signs of age.

    - When using woody stems and branches (such as quince, forsythia or lilac), cut the stem with sharp pruning shears. Place them in warm water containing fresh flower food to promote flower opening.

  • Plant Care Tips: Green Thumb Not Required

    Not only are green and flowering plants a great enhancement to any home or office decor, they are also beneficial to your health. Studies show that common houseplants are powerful, natural air cleaners - all the more reason why you want to keep your plants healthy with the proper care.

    Keep plants in medium-light locations - out of direct sunlight
    Natural light is best, but some plants can also thrive in office fluorescent light. Most flowering potted plants should be placed in areas with the most light in order to maintain good flower color and promote the maximum number of flowers to open. Foliage plants will do well under lower light levels and can be placed in areas providing reduced light.

    Plant soil should be kept moist at all times
    Plants should not be allowed to dry out or wilt. Be careful to avoid over watering - do not allow plants to stand in water. Avoid wetting plant leaves.

    Avoid excessive heat or cold
    Plants should be kept in a cool spot (between 65 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit) for best performance. They should be kept away from direct sunlight, heating or cooling vents, directly under ceiling fans, or on top of televisions or radiators. (Appliances like televisions give off heat, which causes plants to dehydrate.)

    Outdoor Tips:
    Use a baking powder (1 tablespoon/gallon) and horticultural oil (read instructions) combination to prevent and control powdery mildew and insects on roses and many other plants. Make sure to always do a test spray first.

    Use organic fertilizers while gardening as they help build up soil organisms and improve the quality of your flowers and lawn.

    Spray pottery left outside in cold climates with WD-40 oil spray to seal the pores of the pot. This preventative measure will help stop pots from cracking. Test spray first to make sure it does not stain the surface.

    If the winter is dry, try to water your evergreens once a month, even if the ground seems frozen.

    When to Fertilize you lawn:
    The most important thing you can do for a lawn is to provide it with consistent proper nutrition. A well-fed lawn has a much better root system to combat heat, cold, drought, and other stresses. A quality, granular, controlled-release fertilizer allows grass plants to grow evenly without heavy growth spurts. Most lawns require 4-5 feedings per year. The first feeding should coincide with the first mowing; and the last feeding when the grass is done growing for the year.
    Early spring February to April
    Lawns wake up hungry from the winter months. A spring feeding strengthens roots and gets lawns off to a good start before the heavy growing season. In most regions, it is wise to apply a combination fertilizer with a pre-emergent to control crabgrass.
    Late spring to early summer May to June
    Lawns wake up hungry from the winter months. A spring feeding strengthens roots and gets lawns off to a good start before the heavy growing season. In most regions, it is wise to apply a combination fertilizer with a pre-emergent to control crabgrass.
    Late summer July to August
    The hot days of summer result in grass that is stressed by heat, drought, foot traffic and insects. An application at this time will help your lawn recover from, and combat, these potential problems. Avoid applying a fertilizer when temperatures are over 90° F.
    Early fall September to October
    With cool nights, rainfall and morning dew, this is a great time to supply the lawn with the nutrients it needs to recover from and repair summer damage. An early fall feeding is one of the most important of the year.
    Late fall to early winter November to December
    A final feeding before the nasty winter months will strengthen roots and increase nitrogen stores for an early spring green up. At this time of year, roots remain active for just a couple of weeks when the top growth stops — the energy reserves are stored for the following spring.


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