Hints and Tips

Flower and Plant aftercare 


How to prolong the life of your flowers 



Basic Fern Care and how to clean and revive them


1) Use a clean and sterilised vase, usually i clean them with oridinary household bleach
2) Fill vessel with with enough water to cover approx 1/3 of the flower stems and add flower food (provided)
3) Prep your stems by removing all leaved below the waterline and cutting approx 1/2 inch off each stem on a sharp angle
4) Arrange your flowers as desired in the vessel of choice.
if the flowers are put together as a handtie bouquet do not cut the binding twine as they have been specially put together and tied for a reason,
5) Change the water every two days, cut 0.5 inch off the ends of the flowers and add some flower food to the water.  This is to avoid bacteria build up and therefore get the best out of your beautiful blooms.
  1. Keeping the potting soil damp, but not soggy. You may need to water the plant a little, daily.
  2. In the spring and summer, water ferns In the winter, water just until the soil is moist.
  3. Mist your fern, with room temperature, soft water, preferably in the a.m.
  4. Fill a shallow tray with pebbles.
Reviving a dying fern
  1. Trim the drooping fronds back to about 2 inches long and leave any healthy upright fronds in the center of the plant intact.
  2. If all fronds are drying and dying, trim them all to 2 inches.
  3. Clean out the dead leaves and check the soil for offsets -- baby ferns -- which can be
  4. separated and planted in their own pots.


Basic Phalaenopsis Orchid Care Instructions



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First, here is a summary of phalaenopsis orchid care for beginners. Follow these basic tips, and you are well on the way to providing good phalaenopsis orchid care.
1) Place your orchid in a bright room, but not in direct sunlight
2) Water the orchid infrequently, being guided by the plant, rather than watering on a schedule. Many more orchids die from over-watering than under-watering.
3) Only water the roots. Keep the flowers and leaves dry.Use a well draining pot and growing media and never let your orchid sit in water for more than a few minutes.
4) Keep the orchid after it has flowered. They are easy to care for in the vegetative stage and will flower many times if treated well.
5)Use a water soluble fertilizer. Fertilize every 1-2 weeks, but not during the flowering phase.
 Areca Palm (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens)
  1. Lady Palm (Rhapis excelsa)
  2. Bamboo palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii)
  3. Rubber Plant (Ficus robusta)
  4. Dracaena “Janet Craig” (Dracaena deremensis)
  5. Philodendron (Philodendron sp.)
  6. Dwarf Date Palm (Phoenix roebelenii)
  7. Ficus Alii (Ficus macleilandii “Alii”)
  8. Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata “Bostoniensis”)
  9. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum "Mauna Loa")
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