Inside 'The Can'

Caring Tips

Here you will find some useful tips and tricks to make sure you provide the best care possible for your bouquet, floral arrangement, mixed tropical planter, cut flowers and orchids!

Caring for your Bouquet

Make sure the container you are using is sterile, by rinsing it out with bleach or washing it in the dishwasher. Fill the vase with lukewarm water and mix well with the amount of preservative given/required.

It is not necessary to cut the string holding the bouquet, as it is designed to be displayed as you receive it. Immediately re-cut the stem ends with sharp garden pruners and place the bouquet in the vase.

For maximum life, place your flowers in a cool location, not in direct sunlight. As well, change the water every 2-3 days and re-cut stem ends.

Most flowers will last a minimum of 5 to 7 days, but others may not last as long. It is important to remove dead flowers from your bouquet to extend the life of those remaining.

Caring for your Floral Arrangements

Add water to container immediately and keep it filled daily. If oasis (floral foam) has been used, wait for water to be absorbed, then add until full.

For maximum life, please place your flowers in a cool location, not in direct sunlight. To prolong the life of the arrangement, remove any dying flowers as they occur.

The greenery in any arrangement will outlast the flowers. At this point, you get to be creative! Head back to the Flower Market for some cut flowers to re-insert into the container. Once your arrangement is no longer looking fresh, please discard it in your compost.

Caring for your Mixed Tropical Planters

Place in bright light, avoiding direct sunlight in the summer. In winter, place near a sunny window. Water when soil is dry to the touch. Do not over-water or allow plants to stand in water. Fertilize occasionally, following manufacturer's directions.

Certain flowering plants will complete their flowering cycle. It is best to discard the dead blooms by pinching them off.

The container provided for the plants is adequate only for a short growth period. Certain plants may become overgrown and will need to be separated and replanted in a larger container to help the roots perform.

Caring for your Cut Flowers

Prepare a clean and sterile vase. You may do so by rinsing the container with bleach or by washing it in the dishwasher. Add lukewarm water and the correct amount of floral preservative. Trim each stem with a sharp knife and clean any excess leaves that fall below the waterline. This will prevent the growth of bacteria in the water caused by decaying foliage. Please place the stem immediately in the vase.

Check daily, adding fresh water to the vase when necessary. For maximum life, place your flowers in a cool location, not in direct sunlight. As well, change the water every 2-3 days and re-cut the stem ends.

Caring for your Orchid Plants

You may visit the site www.cosmicplants.com for all care instruction about Phalaenopsis Orchids.

This site will teach you about temperature, watering, fertilizing, after flowering, re-potting and more.