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Rose Garden Care & Tips

June 7, 2016

Garden roses come in several different categories such as miniature, climbing, and hybrid. There are many types of roses in each category. However, many questions asked about garden roses revolve around “pruning,” so I’m going to answer some questions around pruning as well as where to plant your roses, when to plant them, and how to care for them.

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When and How to Prune Roses

In the Northeast, the best time to prune is in the spring when forsythias are in bloom, and again in the fall 4 to 6 weeks before the first hard frost. The pruning is done in early spring to remove any damage that occurred during the winter months, as well as removing any old flowers. Always prune dead wood back to healthy tissue by removing dead, damaged or diseased branches. Healthy branches will be white or light green in the center. If you see any discoloration, spots or mildew on branches, it should be cut out. Removing spent or withered flowers encourages more future blooms; this is called “deadheading”. Since the time for pruning is over, now is a good time for planting. If you’re new to planting garden roses, let’s get started. Continue Reading…

Flower & Plant Care

Facts About Tulips & How to Care for Them

April 8, 2016

Tulip Facts

Nothing says “spring” better than an arrangement of bright, colorful tulips! The tulip is the third most popular flower, after roses and chrysanthemums.

Tulip Origins

Tulips originally were a wild flowers growing in Asia, and were first cultivated by the Turks as early as 1000 A.D.

These flowers were introduced in Western Europe and the Netherlands in the 17th century. They soon gained trading popularity, especially in Holland. The interest in them was huge and tulip bulbs were sold for unbelievably high prices. Fortunes were made (and lost) by trading tulip bulbs as a commodity, much like gold.

Cut tulips in a vase in assorted colors
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Flower & Plant Care

Poinsettia Care Tips From a Plant Expert

December 21, 2015

Previously known as the “Christmas Star” and “Mexican Flameleaf,” this striking bloom caught the attention of Joel Robert Poinsett, an American physician and diplomat on a trip as America’s first ambassador to Mexico. In Mexico, the plant is called “le flor de Nochebuona.” Poinsett introduced the plant to the United States, hence its common English name, “Poinsettia.”

Poinsettia Plant
In caring for a poinsettia plant, the most important things to remember are temperature, light, and watering. Poinsettias are light-loving plants. They prefer southeasterly, easterly, or western window exposure. Being tropical, they thrive in temperature of 65-70 degrees. At night, they can be moved to a cooler location, but never below 60 degrees. In northern climates, keep plants away from drafts and cold windows.

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Flower & Plant Care

How to Care for your Houseplants Starting June for a Thriving Summer

June 17, 2015

Did you know that June is one of the best times to feed house plants?!

With that said, follow these easy plant care tips to have healthy, flourishing plants all summer long:

  • Watering Indoor PlantUse a water soluble plant food at half-strength and feed your plant with this mixture every other watering.
  • Do not overwater! Even though the weather is getting hotter, water the plants as you have been all winter and spring.
  • Keep your plants away from direct sunlight, but do keep them near a bright window to ensure they’re getting proper lighting.
  • Keep plants out of the draft of air conditioning to avoid them from getting cold shocked.
  • If your home has central air, you may need to be watering more often than the rest of the year since air conditioning has a tendency to de-humidify the air.
  • On the other hand, if you don’t have air conditioning and your climate is high in humidity, then you can continue watering as you would during the rest of the year.

If you liked this article, you may also be interested in some of our other Petal Talk articles from 1-800-FLOWERS.COM Expert Jerry Rosalia:

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*Keeping it Green
*How to Repot a Plant
*How to Arrange Flowers in a Gridded Vase
*Learn more about Jerry Rosalia and his 60+ years of experience in the flower and plant industry!

DIY Flower Crafts, Floral Occasions & Holidays, Mother's Day

DIY Mother’s Day Crafts: How to Make a Mother’s Day Floral Arrangement

April 26, 2014

Create a Mother’s Day Gift Using Flowers & A Reusable Watering Can!

Mother’s Day 2014 is Sunday, May 11th!

Buying Mother’s Day flowers is always a winning gift, but if you’re interested in attempting to make a flower arrangement for mom, you’re in luck because I’m going to show you how!

With just a watering can and some of mom’s favorite flowers, you can make an easy, unique and beautiful Mother’s Day floral arrangement that any mother will love!

DIY Mother's Day Flower Arrangement

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DIY Flower Crafts, Floral Occasions & Holidays

DIY Easter Crafts: How to Make an Easter Floral Arrangement

April 7, 2014

Welcome Easter with Unique Easter Decorations

Make Easter a truly original celebration with this fun DIY Easter floral arrangement!

DIY Easter Floral Arrangement and Decorations

Materials Needed for DIY Easter Floral Arrangement

*Egg carton (Colorful plastic or styrofoam is preferable)
*6 plastic eggs
*Easter flowers from your local florist. We recommend:
-2 stems of pink miniature carnations
-2 stems of lavender daisy pompoms
-A bushy piece of heather
*Floral greens
*Floral foam cut to the size of 6 holes of the egg carton

Six Easy Steps on How to Create Your DIY Easter Flower Arrangement
1. Cut your floral foam to a little less than the size of six egg holes (half of the egg carton).

2. Nest your floral foam into half of the egg carton.

3. Lightly cover the floral foam with greens.

4. Start adding your florals (carnations or daisy pompoms) to the cut floral foam. The design should be a triangle within a triangle.

5. Finish off with the heather, small buds of the flowers and floral greens for dimension to make the arrangement fuller.

6. Place the 6 plastic eggs in the remaining 6 holes of the egg carton for the finishing Easter touch!

If you liked this article, you may also be interested in some of our other Petal Talk articles from 1-800-FLOWERS.COM Expert Jerry Rosalia:
Jerry Rosalia, Floral Consultant & Florist Relations
* How to Make A DIY St. Patrick’s Day Floral Arrangement
* Winter Plant Care Tips: How to Care for Plants in the Cold Weather
* Keeping It Green: How To Keep Plants Alive
* How To Repot A Plant
* How To Arrange Flowers With A Gridded Vase
* Rose Care: How to Save Roses with “Bent Necks”
* Learn more about Jerry Rosalia and his 58+ years of experience in the flower and plant industry!

DIY Flower Crafts, Floral Occasions & Holidays

How to Make A DIY St. Patrick’s Day Floral Arrangement

March 14, 2014

Bring In the Luck of the Irish with Unique St. Patrick’s Day Decorations

DIY St Patricks Day Flower Arrangement

St. Patrick’s Day is March 17, 2013 and what better way to decorate your house, than with this easy to make DIY St. Patrick’s Day floral arrangement!

Materials Needed for DIY St. Patrick’s Day Flowers:

* Large head of cabbage
* 6 green carnations
* 6 stems of bells of Ireland
* 2 stems of montecasino (which has long side shoots)
* A small piece of floral foam
* Paring knife (Kids, please make sure you have parental supervision before using this item)
* Plastic cup

8 Steps on How to Create Your DIY St. Patrick’s Day Flower Arrangement
1. Buy one large head of cabbage and a few potatoes at your local supermarket.

2. Go to your local florist and buy 6 green carnations, 6 stems of bells of Ireland and 2 stems of montecasino (which has long side shoots), and a small piece of floral foam.

3. Carefully cut out the top of the cabbage (about 2” by 2”) with a paring knife, at least 2” deep.

4. Cut a plastic cup that will fit into the hole, but make sure it is at least 1/2″ above the opening in the cabbage.

5. Place the soaked foam into the cup so that the foam is at least 1” higher than the cup.
Note: Make sure to use the plastic cup because the floral foam and cabbage together are not aroma friendly.

6. Starting at the top, place your first bell of Ireland into the floral foam (about 1-1/2 times the height of the cabbage). Continue to add the bells in a triangular shape.

7. Next, add in your green carnations.

8. For filler, use the lateral or side shoots to complete your arrangement to make it fuller.

Optional: As you can see, we added some potatoes alongside our arrangement, so feel free to accent your St. Patrick’s Day flowers with some potatoes at the base of the cabbage.

If you liked this article, you may also be interested in some of our other Petal Talk articles from 1-800-FLOWERS.COM Expert Jerry Rosalia:
Jerry Rosalia, Floral Consultant & Florist Relations
* Winter Plant Care Tips: How to Care for Plants in the Cold Weather
* Keeping It Green: How To Keep Plants Alive
* How To Repot A Plant
* How To Arrange Flowers With A Gridded Vase
Rose Care: How to Save Roses with “Bent Necks”
* Learn more about Jerry Rosalia and his 58+ years of experience in the flower and plant industry!

Flower & Plant Care

The Care and Handling of Roses

February 11, 2014

how-to-care-for-rosesThe better you care for your roses, the longer you will enjoy their beauty. Roses can be purchased from many sources, but the best place is from a professional retail florist. Rose care starts at the farm and ends with you; it’s what happen in between that makes the difference.

How to Care for Roses Delivered in a Gift Box

If you receive your roses in a box, open the box immediately and place the roses in a vase with tepid water until you’re ready to arrange them. If the roses arrive already arranged, carefully unwrap and check their water level. The vase should be at least 3/4 filled; add water if needed.

With boxed roses, check to see if there are guard petals of the rose. “Guard petals” are protective petals on the outside of the rose head. They may appear as a green/white section of the petal. If unappealing to your eye, carefully remove these petals. New research states that by removing the guard petals, the rose may open faster than normal.
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Floral Occasions & Holidays

How to Make a DIY Christmas Centerpiece

December 6, 2013

’Tis the season to be jolly!  When Christmastime comes around, it’s hard not to get into the holiday spirit–from Christmas decorations in homes and in stores, to the gleeful background sound of Christmas music and carols, and of course who can forget the festive holiday foods!

DIY-Christmas-Centerpiece-Floral-Craft To make your Christmas even more special, I’m going to show you how to create your very own floral DIY Christmas centerpiece in just a few easy steps!  Your handmade Christmas centerpiece will not only impress guests, but will also look amazing next to Christmas dinner!

Before you start creating your arrangement, we want to note that you can make the centerpiece without the flowers first to make it last longer leading up to Christmas. And when Christmas nears, add the flowers a day or two before to have your floral centerpiece extra fresh for the holiday!
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