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Caring for your Flowers

  • How to keep cut flowers looking fresh

    It’s the flower doctor here with a little secret on how to extend the life of your cut flowers and keep them looking fresh.
    When preparing your flowers to place them in a vase, remove any greenery from the bottom of the stems that will be submerged in the water — you’ll be amazed at how this simple trick helps to keep the water much clearer.
    Always use a sparkling clean vase that has been washed in hot, soapy water and rinsed well. This will help remove any microorganisms which equal slimy water and wilting flowers.
    Be sure to trim the stems every couple of days and change the water too.
  • How to care for roses

    It’s the Flower Doctor here with some tips on how care for cut roses.

    When selecting roses look for flowers with strong stems and slightly open buds. This will vary between varieties but, in general, if given the correct preservative treatments then the vase life will be better than those slightly open rather than tight in bud.

    The vase life of a rose is highly dependent on the rose being kept well hydrated at all times.

    Recut the stems under water on an angle with sharp secateurs or a knife. Use a commercial preservative in the water and remove all leaves below the water line.

    Avoid placing in sun or draughts and do not place on top of television.

  • Waratah

     

    Hello, Flower Doctor here.

    In store now are the gorgeous Waratahs.

    Waratahs produce bright red flowers in spring and when planted in the garden attract a wide variety of birds in the garden. The waratah has stunning bright red flowers and is the NSW state emblem.

    Care Instructions for cut flowers:

    * Re-cut 2cm off the stems with sharp secateurs, and strip any leaves that would be below the water line and place in a vase which has cut flower preservative in the water.
    * You may need to change the water in the vase if it turns murky, follow the above instructions when changing vase water.
    * Keep out of draughts and direct sunlight.

    To order, visit www.flowersdelivered.com.au or call us on 02 4367 7496.

  • Tulips

    Tulips have a special charm, which is that they don't know when to stop growing, other flowers stay put once they are cut, not the Tulip which will keep on growing in the vase gaining 2.5cm in height or more. They bend gracefully they twist and turn, leaning this way or that towards the light. The Tulip is bent to please.

    When Buying Look For:

    • The bud should be closed, but the colour of the flower should be evident
    • Stem ends should be green
    • Foliage should be green and free from yellowing

    Flower Care:

    • Keep cool, never place in the sun
    • Re-cut at least 2cm off each stem and place in cold water
    • Use a preservative in the water as this will help buds open
    • Do not combine with Daffodils or Narcissus which exclude a slimy substance that shortens the life span of other flowers by clogging their water uptake channels.
  • Sunflowers

    Boydita Flowers Delivered Flower Doctor Sunflowers

     

    Hello, Flower Doctor here,

    Sunflowers, an annual plant, have big, daisy-like flower faces of bright yellow petals (and occasionally red) and brown centers that ripen into heavy heads filled with seeds.

    American natives, sunflowers are grown for their beauty and they are also harvested for seed.

    Most sunflowers are easy to grow as long as the soil is not waterlogged. They are best grown in locations with 6-8 hours of direct sunlight per day.

    Sunflowers are heavy feeders so the soil needs to be nutrient-rich with organic matter or composted (aged) manure. Or, work in a slow release granular fertilizer deep into your soil.

    If possible, put seeds in a spot that is sheltered from strong winds, perhaps along a fence or near a building.

    When cut, handle sunflowers gently. Remove any foliage from stems that will be in water. Re-cut stem on angle before placing in water that contains commercial flower food.

    Arrange sunflowers in tall containers that provide good support for their heavy heads and change the water every day to keep them fresh.
    Keep in cool place away from sunlight and heating.

  • Caring For Roses.

    Caring for your Roses.

    What to look for:
    -Flowers with strong stems to support blooms.
    -Slightly open buds, this will vary between varieties but in general if given the correct care then the vase life will be better for those slightly open rather than a tight bud.

    What t do:
    -The vase life of the rose is highly dependent on the rose being kept well hydrated at all times.
    -Re-cut the stems underwater on an angle with a sharp knife or secateurs.
    -Use commercial preservative in the water.
    -Remove all leaves that will go below the water line.

    What to avoid:
    -Do not place in the sun or draughts.
    -Do not place on top of the television.

  • Chrysanthemum

    Did you know that the name Chrysanthemum comes from two Greek words " Chrysos meaning gold and "anthos" meaning flower?
    The genus chrysanthemum is a large one, having both ornamental and also economic value. These flowers vary greatly in form, size and colour and can be grown in many climates.
    The origin of the chrysanthemum is actually Asia and the native habitat of the plants is Northern China,Mongolia,Korea and later Japan.
    Chrysanthemum buds should open in the vase if a floral preservative is used. Its best to buy chrysanthemum's where at least half the flowers are open. NEVER NEVER smash,crush or split the stems of Chrysanthemums or other woody stem flowers such as Proteas or Roses.This damages the stems and hinders the water uptake, meaning the flowers will wilt more quickly, keep them out of draughts and sunlight.

  • Flower Doctor

    We think it's just important to educate our customers on how to care for your plants and flowers.
    Visit our Flower Doctor at our Facebook page for regular tips and advise on caring for your flowers.

    Click here to visit the Doctor today.

     

     

     

  • How To Care For Your Roses this Valentines Day

    What to Look for:

    • Flowers with strong stems to support blooms
    • Slightly open buds, this will vary between varieties but in general if given the correct care then the vase life will be better for those slightly open rather than a tight bud.

    What to Do:

    • The vase life of the rose is highly dependant on the rose being kept well hydrated at all times.
    • Re cut the stems underwater on an angle with a sharp knife or secateurs.
    • Use commercial preservative in the water.
    • Remove all leaves that will go below the water line.

    What to Avoid:

    • Do not place in sun or draught
    • Do not place on top of television  
  • Christmas Bush Coming Soon!!!

     Christmas Bush has been used for many years as a traditional flower  to decorate the Home at Christmas Time.

    Common Name:Christmas Bush
    Country of Origin: NSW Australia
    Availability in Store: December

    * Keep slightly damp by misting. Christmas Bush drinks through its flowers and foliage rather than the stem.
    * Re cut at least 2cm off each stem and remove any leaves that will be below the water line.
    * Use a commercial flower food or preservative in the water.
    * Position in a cool area out of the sunlight and draughts.
    * Do not bash or split stems.
    * Do order early to avoid disappointment!!! 

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