Flower Care

Take care of your plants and flowers

Here’s some helpful flowers information on how to take care of flowers:


How to care for roses:
·  Your roses are thirsty and need to drink water for 8-12 hours to perk up. With proper care, your roses will bloom over the next few days. 
·  If your roses have been out of water for 15 minutes or more, cut 2 cm's off the stems, at an angle to increase its intake of water. Be sure to use a sharp knife or scissor and avoid smashing or piercing the stem.
·  Remove any discoloured petals on the flowers outer edge and any foliage or petals that fall below the waterline.
·  Fill a non-metal vase with water and add 1 packet of flower food .
·  Re-cutting the stems every 2 or 3 days will lengthen their life. After doing this, clean the vase before refilling it with new water and add more flower food. If you've run out of flower food, you can make your own, just see our secret recipe below.
·  For the longest life, keep your roses away from direct sunlight, heat, air-conditioning units and drafts.

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How to care for Sunflowers
·  Sunflowers follow the direction of the sun throughout the day. And because they have arched necks, they look best in tall, narrow non-metal vases.
·  If your sunflowers have been out of water for 15 minutes or more, cut a few cm's, at an angle off the stems so there's a little bit of stem that shows above the rim of the vase. Be sure to use a sharp knife or scissor and avoid smashing or piercing the stem.
·  Remove any foliage or petals that fall below the waterline.
·  Fill a non-metal vase with water and add 1 packet of flower food.
·  Re-cutting the stems every 3 or 4 days will lengthen their life. After doing this, clean the vase before refilling it with new water and add more flower food. If you've run out of flower food, you can make your own, just see our secret recipe below.
·  For the longest life, keep your sunflowers away from direct sunlight, heat, air-conditioning units and drafts.

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How to care for Tulip
·  Tulips naturally bend towards sources of light so your tulips may already have a gentle arc and tendency to lean over the edge of the vase. They also grow in water and drink water from the entire stem!
·  Because your tulips arrived in a vase, we've already added in some flower food so no need to re-cut them.
·  Remove any foliage or petals that fall below the waterline.
·  Every 3 days, re-cut the stems to lengthen their life. After doing this, clean the vase before refilling it with new water and add more flower food. If you've run out of flower food, you can make your own, just see our secret recipe below.
·  Because Tulips grow in water, be sure to only fill the vase with water that's 5cm high or they'll become top heavy and collapse. Remember to top up the water every day though.
·  For the longest life, keep your Tulips away from direct sunlight, heat, air-conditioning units and drafts.
·  There a few NetFlorist myths about tulips and maybe you could try it out: (just let us know if it does work)
·  When your tulips begin hanging over, cut their stems quite a bit and put a copper coin into their water- apparently the copper draws them back to life
·  When they start hanging, you can also stick a pin through their head to shock them back to life.

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How to care for an Iris:
·  Our Irises may arrive as a tight bud, but they will open quickly and mature in a day or two. Their vase life is quite short so keep water their water levels full and bacteria free for a wonderful vase life -
Iris flower care: 
·  If your irises have been out of water for 15 minutes or more, cut 2 cm's off the stems, at an angle to increase its intake of water. Be sure to use a sharp knife or scissor and avoid smashing or piercing the stem.
·  Remove any foliage or petals that fall below the waterline.
·  Fill a non-metal vase with water and add 1 packet of flower food.
·  Re-cutting the stems every 3 or 4 days will lengthen their life. After doing this, clean the vase before refilling it with new water and add more flower food. If you've run out of flower food, you can make your own, just see our secret recipe below.
·  For the longest life, keep your irises away from direct sunlight, heat, air-conditioning units and drafts.

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How to care for Lilies:
·  Our lilies are so fresh, most of them haven't even bloomed yet, allowing you to enjoy them burst open into a magnificent display of colour. Remember that lilies have pollen though so be careful not to get any on your clothing or furniture. 
·  If your lilies have been out of water for 15 minutes or more, cut 2 cm's off the stems, at an angle to increase its intake of water. Be sure to use a sharp knife or scissor and avoid smashing or piercing the stem and remember to handle them with care as lilies bruise easily.
·  Remove any foliage or petals that fall below the waterline.
·  Fill a non-metal vase with water and add 1 packet of flower food.
·  Re-cutting the stems every 3 or 4 days will lengthen their life. After doing this, clean the vase before refilling it with new water and add more flower food. If you've run out of flower food, you can make your own, just see our secret recipe below.
·  For the longest life, keep your lilies away from direct sunlight, heat, air-conditioning units and drafts.
·  As the lily opens, you can remove their anthers to avoid getting the pollen on yourself or your furniture

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How to care for Gerbera Daisies:
·  Gerbera stems are highly susceptible to bacteria blockage, causing their heads to droop so be sure to change their water often and replenish their flower food every 1-2 days.
·  If your gerbera daisies have been out of water for 15 minutes or more, cut 2 cm's off the stems, at an angle to increase its intake of water. Be sure to use a sharp knife or scissor and avoid smashing or piercing the stem.
·  Remove any foliage or petals that fall below the waterline.
·  Fill a non-metal vase with water and add 1 packet of flower food.
·  Re-cutting the stems every 3 or 4 days will lengthen their life. After doing this, clean the vase before refilling it with new water and add more flower food. If you've run out of flower food, you can make your own, just see our secret recipe below.
·  For the longest life, keep your gerbera daisies away from direct sunlight, heat, air-conditioning units and drafts.

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How to care for Carnations:
·  Be sure to keep your carnations free of ethylene producing materials (fruits, vegetables and decaying floral materials) for best results. When properly cared for carnations can last 7-14 days, depending on variety.
·  If your carnations have been out of water for 15 minutes or more, cut the stems just above one of the nodes that run up the flowers stalk, at an angle to increase its intake of water. Be sure to use a sharp knife or scissor and avoid smashing or piercing the stem.
·  Remove any foliage or petals that fall below the waterline.
·  Fill a non-metal vase with water and add 1 packet of flower food.
·  Re-cutting the stems every 3 or 4 days will lengthen their life. After doing this, clean the vase before refilling it with new water and add more flower food. If you've run out of flower food, you can make your own, just see our secret recipe below.
·  For the longest life, keep your carnations away from direct sunlight, heat, air-conditioning units and drafts.

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How to care for Lavender:
·  Lavender needs full sun for at least 6 hours per day. Full throttle!
·  They need excellent drainage like rock gardens & raised beds –preferably lots of stone.
·  Lavender needs space! 4 inch pots grow into 3 foot diameter shrubs. Keep clear of any creeping ground cover, or weeds, of course. And make sure the lavender has enough space around it for when it grows much larger.
·  Prune Annually Leave 2-3 inches of soft green. Do not cut into the hardwood. Prune around Valentine’s Day or after the coldest part of the winter.
·  Lavender prefers soakings every 7-10 days. 1 inch of rainfall weekly is perfect.

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How to care for an Orchid plant
·  The Phalaenopsis Orchid does well indoors in good indirect light conditions. Remember to keep them out of the direct sunlight but placing them in the shade of trees in summer is beneficial to your orchid.
·  Generally speaking the Phalaenopsis orchid does best in a cool environment as it guards against dehydration. They are most happy at temperatures below the comfort level of humans, especially at night.
·  The Phalaenopsis Orchid thrives in humid environments so be sure to locate it in the most humid place as possible. Remember to keep the orchid away from wind, gas, heaters or any equipment that dries the air as it robs the orchid of humidity.
·  Take care not to over water your orchid or let them stand in water. The Phalaenopsis orchid is epiphytic meaning that it grows on other plants or materials rather than in the soil. It should not be allowed to soak in water because they don't do this in their natural environment. You should water it on a weekly basis when it's nearly 80% dry from the top, allowing it to drain and tossing out any excess water.
·  5.  If your Orchid has stopped flowering, cut the stem above the 2nd node and place it in a cool, dark, humid room (like the bathroom) so it can get cool induction for 3 months. After 3 months, return it to its normal place and water as per usual.

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Secret flower food recipe:

1 Tablespoon of sugar (to energise your flowers)
1 Teaspoon of bleach (to kill and clean any bacteria)
1 Teaspoon vinegar (to shock your flowers back to life)
2 litres of water
Mix the above together and add the necessary amount to your flowers for a longer life.

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