Beautiful flowers & plants… our business-and our passion! We want your flowers and plants to last as long as possible. The following tips and recommendations have been developed by Adelaide's to help with the care of these products purchased from Adelaide's. As conditions can vary greatly from location to location, please don't hesitate to contact us should you need additional assistance.
Mix the contents of a flower preservative packet with tap water or distilled water according to the directions on the packet. Do not use water from a home or commercial water softener. Use this solution to fill your vase or to water your arrangement.
Check the vase or container daily to see that it is full of water. Add your preservative solution whenever the water level has gone down. Place your arrangement in a cool location, keeping it out of direct sunlight and drafts and away from heat sources.
Have your vase or container ready and filled with your preservative solution. If you are using floral foam, saturate it in the solution before placing it in the container. Give the rose stems a fresh diagonal cut and remove all leaves that will be beneath the water level. To cut the stem, hold it under water in a sink or under running water (to prevent premature wilting) and cut about an inch off the end with a sharp knife or shears. Place the stem immediately into your vase or container. Place your arrangement in a cool location, keeping it out of direct sunlight and drafts and away from heat sources. Check the vase or container daily to see that it is full of water. Add your preservative solution whenever the water level has gone down.
Premature wilting of the rose flower (within a day or two of receiving or arranging the roses) may indicate air trapped in the stem, preventing the preservative solution from moving up the flower. It is also caused by a cut or scrape on the stem above the water level. To revive the rose, re-cut the stem an inch or so from the bottom or above any damaged area of the stem, then submerge the entire rose in a basin or shallow pan of warm water. Be sure the stem is straight and that its end stays submerged. The rose will usually revive within an hour, and it can be put back in the arrangement.
Mix the contents of a flower preservative packet with tap water or distilled water according to the directions on the packet. Do not use water from a home or commercial water softener. Use this solution to fill your vase or to add water to your arrangement.
Check the water level of the vase or container daily. Add your preservative solution whenever the water level has gone down. Place your arrangement in a cool location, out of direct sunlight. Avoid excessively hot or cold locations.
When you get your flowers home, give the stems a fresh diagonal cut and remove all leaves that will be beneath the water level. Place the flowers in a vase that has your preservative solution. Display them in a cool location, out of direct sunlight. Avoid excessively hot or cold locations. For best results, re-cut the stems and change the preservative solution daily. If you need guidance on design, feel free to call our store at 858-454-0146 and ask to speak with someone in the sales or design department.
Please place your garden in a highly lit area and avoid direct sunlight. There is no drainage in the garden so please be careful not to over water. Be sure to keep the soil moderately moist. An easy way to check the moisture level of the garden is to insert your index finger 2 inches into the soil. If it feels dry, water thoroughly but avoid saturation. If some plants die before others you can gently pull them out of the garden. Adelaide's generally has a full line of plants in various sizes that can be used to fill-in where that plant has been removed. If you are not comfortable with doing this yourself, please bring the entire garden to the store and one of our plant experts will assist you.
Medium to very bright, but no direct sunlight; insufficient light is the main cause of slow reblooming. Direct sun can cause sunburn, blistering and discoloration of leaves, and could cause bloom and bud drop.
Remove grow pot from decorative container and water thoroughly, allowing plant to drain well before replacing in container. It's best to avoid wetting the crown of the plant so that it can be thoroughly dry before the cool of evening. Water once a week, but if weather is very warm and dry, water twice a week. Never allow plants to stand in water.
Orchids thrive in day temperatures of 65-80 degrees F and night temperatures of 60-70 degrees F. Good air movement helps prevent fungus, but avoid heater or air conditioner drafts that could damage buds or blooms. Overly warm, dry conditions may shorten the life of your flowers.
Use Spoonit Orchid or Miracid 30-10-10 once per week while not in bloom. It s best to use your fertilizer ¼ strength every time you water. After 4-6 months, you may switch to Bloomit Orchid 6-30-30 to encourage re-bloom.
Repot only after blooming if needed. Orchids prefer to be root bound. If bark has become soft and felty or mossy and very small then reporting is suggested. Once the flowers have dropped from the stem, cut the stem off at the second ring up from the plant and place in an area of your home or patio that has indirect light. Water weekly, feed with orchid food (see above) and chances are very good you will be able to enjoy more blooms to come in the months ahead.