Plant Care Tips

hydrangea gardenTaking good care of your new plants is a very important step to keeping and maintaining your plants life. These simple steps will assist you in keeping your house and garden lavishly green throughout the year!

  • 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, not drenched but damp to touch.
  • Plants should not be allowed to dry out or wilt. Be careful to avoid overwatering – do not allow plants to stand in water.
  • Avoid wetting plant leaves, this can cause a bacteria and spread to other 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 next to televisions or radiators. (Appliances like televisions give off heat, which causes plants to dehydrate.)

Try these tips out, your plants will appreciate them

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Tips for Caring for your Cut Tulips

FOF TulipsTulips are a beautiful Spring garden flower that many like to bring into their homes to show off their beauty. However it seems the beauty of these flowers never lasts as long as desired after being freshly cut. Here are some quick tips to keep your fresh cut Tulips lasting a little longer than there guaranteed freshness date.
Remove any leaves from the stem that would be under water once the tulip is placed in a vase.

Cut the stem about an inch from the bottom to prevent air from entering it and drying it out. If the bottom of the stem is in air too long it will dry up and prevent water and flower food from entering through the stem for nutrition.

Cut the stem when under water so that no air enters the stem and prevents water intake.
Always make angled cuts when cutting the stems of tulips.

Use very sharp shears or a sharp knife when cutting the stems of Tulips. Tulips stems aren’t as thick and strong as others so the outer skin can fray if you cut with a dull knife.

Caring for Tulips in a vase

Every two days cut about one half inch from the bottom of the stem to continue water intake.

Check the level of water frequently and add more as needed to top it off.

Always keep the vase clean with fresh water. Water should never stay foggy or cloudy.

Add a floral nutrient or preservative from a florist to the water.

Set the vase in a cool place away from direct sun, heating vents and drafty areas.

Tip!

Because tulips continue to grow even after being cut, they often bend to conform to their container. If desired, straighten the tulips by securing them in damp newspaper and placing them in lukewarm water for a few hours.

Field of Flowers will be celebrating their annual Tulip Celebration from Sat 3/16 – Sat 3/23 at the Boca Raton and Davie Flower Markets.

Stop by to win prizes & take advantage of our sale, SAVE 20% OFF all Designer Tulip Arrangements, Stems and Bunches.

Every Sat during our celebration will have a FREE 2pm Design Demo.

Our skilled designers will show you the best techniques on how to create a stunning arrangement using fresh cut Tulip stems or Tulip plants.

No Reservations, No Fees, Just Fun!!!
Bring Family and Friends and enjoy learning together…
Don’t leave after the demo our designer will raffle off their arrangement to one of our lucky attendees!

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You can call, click or come in to one of our Field of Flowers flower markets in Boca Raton, Miami or Davie, FL for over 100 varieties in store every day…plus supplies, vases, containers, everything you need to express yourself with flowers. Make your own arrangements, or order exquisite arrangements by our floral designers. Pick up in-store or ship fast and fresh locally or worldwide.

Flowering Facts: Reminder Mother’s Day is Coming!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Don’t forget Mother’s Day is around the corner on May 13th! Here are some great suggested Mother’s Day flowers, and their meanings, to consider for your bouquet on her special day!

Carnations
White carnations are symbolized as traditional Mother’s Day flowers.  Pink carnations are a sign of love and gratitude while red carnations indicate admiration.   Anna Jarvis is the founder of Mother’s Day,  in 1908, the first service was organized in her remembrance in a church in West Virginia.  At this service, Anna Jarvis’s daughter also named Anna, distributed white carnations as they were her mother’s favorite flower.  In 1913, when the House of Representatives adopted a resolution with regard to the Mother’s Day, white carnations gained special importance.

Tulips
A bouquet of tulips will surely brighten your Mother’s Day. Tulips symbolize love.  In specific, pink tulips are a symbol of care whereas yellow tulips, which are always popular, signify the symbol of cheerful thoughts.

Daisies and Sunflowers
Daisies and sunflowers are a perfect combination for a bouquet.  These flowers convey respect and adoration.  This Mother’s Day give a bouquet of daisies and let her know how beautiful she is as daisies are symbol of beauty.  You can also choose gerbera daisies, which signify cheerfulness and playfulness in arrangements.

Roses
No occasion is complete without the ultimate love expressing flower, the rose.  Widely blooming, roses of different colors convey different meanings. Yellow roses mean devotion or a strong friendship.  Roses in white are symbol of purity. Pink roses are considered to be a symbol of joy and cheer. This Mother’s Day show your love & devotion by sending her a beautiful bunch of roses!

Lilies
A white lily is the symbol of majesty and purity. This extremely popular flower is used as a symbol of literature and art.  In China, the lily is considered a symbol of motherhood.  It is believed that in ancient times in China, mothers planted lilies when their children left home.  So, why not lilies on this Mother’s Day?

Violets
Violets are a beautiful plant that signifies faithfulness and devotion.  A lovely arrangement of violets will make your mother happy and always remind her of your appreciation of her devotion & dedication towards her family.

Orchids
It’s their beautiful appearance, which makes orchids an exotic favorite.  Orchids are a distinct symbol of love and beauty.  This Mother’s Day choose orchids and surprise your mother with something different!

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You can call, click or come in to one of our Field of Flowers flower markets in Boca Raton, Miami or Davie, FL for over 100 varieties in store every day…plus supplies, vases, containers, everything you need to express yourself with flowers. Make your own arrangements, or order exquisite arrangements by our floral designers. Pick up in-store or ship fast and fresh locally or worldwide.

Flowering Facts: Tulip Mania

Field of Flowers' Tulips in Glass Block

Flowers to go with your light foods and pastas:

While the food you serve is the showcase at your table, the flowers you choose will complete the setting.  The colors and types of flowers you choose will set the tone for your gathering.  Whether it is an elegant affair or a family picnic, flowers finish the setting with style.

For the lighter fare and with the coming of spring, we suggest tulips arranged simply in a clear vase.   Nothing says spring like tulips and otherHollandflowers.  Simple to make, yet graceful and elegant, take a bunch of tulips in your favorite color, cut ½” off the stems and drop in an 8” bubble bowl.  Tulips will last at least 3 days and  can still be displayed when fully open for a casual look.

Tulips have quite a story to tell.  Over a thousand years ago, Tulips grew wild in Persia and near Kabul with 33 different species.  The word tulip is thought to be a corruption of the Turkish word for turbans.

There are people who eat some varieties of tulip bulbs and Japan makes flour from them.  The Dutch have eaten tulips when no other food was available.

The wealthy began to purchase tulip bulbs that were brought back from Turkey by Venetian merchants.  In 1610, fashionable French ladies wore corsages of tulips, and many fabrics were decorated with tulip designs.  In the seventeenth century, a small bed of tulips was valued at 15,000-20,000 francs.  The bulbs became a currency, and their value was quoted like stocks and shares.

Tulipmania flourished between 1634-1637.  People abandoned jobs, businesses, wives, homes and lovers to become tulip growers.  It is recorded that a Dutchman paid 36 bushels of wheat, 72 of rice, 4 oxen, 12 sheep, 8 pigs, 2 barrels of wine and 4 of beer, 2 tons of butter, 1000 pounds of cheese, a bed, clothes, and a silver cup…for one Vice-Roi bulb!  Hopefully, he didn’t eat it!

The best story…after paying for a bulb with its weight in gold, the new owner heard that a cobbler possessed the same variety.  He bought the cobbler’s bulb and crushed it, to increase the value of his first bulb.

The wealthy speculated on tulip shares.  Bulbs were traded like stock using paper representation of ownership.  About ten million bulbs were represented in the market.  In 1637, speculation became illegal and many people, especially in Holland, were ruined as prices fell.

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You can call, click or come in to one of our Field of Flowers flower markets in Boca Raton, Miami or Davie, FL for your tulips by the bunch or in a designer created bouquet or flower arrangement.  In store…or we deliver flowers throughout South Florida.

(Note: This blog post, written by Donn F. Flipse, originally appeared as an article in Gold Coast Magazine)