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1. What is the best way to take care of a flower arrangement?

It depends on how they are packaged:

If you receive flowers in a container with floral foam, be certain the container is full of water every day. The water should be treated with the floral food provided by your florist. Using your finger, feel under the greens for a place where water can be added. Or you can pour water slowly into the center of the arrangement, keeping a finger in the container to gauge the water level.

If you receive flowers in a vase, check to be sure the water is always clear. If the water turns cloudy, empty it and add fresh water mixed with the floral food provided by your florist. If possible, re-cut the stems with a sharp knife before placing them in the fresh water.

If you receive flowers in a box or tissue, remove all of the foliage that falls below the water line, then cut the stems with a sharp knife in a sink full of warm water. Be sure to cut the stems under the water and place them immediately into a vase of warm water mixed with the floral food provided by your florist.

No matter what type of arrangement you have, it is important to keep your flowers off of televisions, appliances and heating/cooling units. You should also keep them away from hot or cold drafts and out of direct sunlight.


2. What is wrong with the water in a vase when it turns yellow and cloudy?

This is a natural sign that bacteria are growing in the water. Bacteria can clog stems and shorten the vase life of flowers, so keep the water clear at all times to ensure the longevity of your blooms. If your water starts to turn cloudy, immediately empty the vase and add fresh water, preferably mixed with the floral food provided by your florist. Re-cut the stems with a sharp knife under warm water before placing them in the vase of fresh water.


3. Since flowers like sunshine, should I put my arrangement in the sun when I get it?

No. Growing flowers require sunshine for maturation, but cut flowers will fade much faster if exposed to heat and direct sunlight. To keep flowers fresh longer, place them in a location away from sun and drafts.


4. Is it possible to revive a wilted rose?

Sometimes. If a rose wilts prematurely, remove it from the arrangement and try the following easy tip to perk it up. Fill a sink with warm water. Lay the rose horizontally in the water bath and cut the stem (about 1") with a sharp knife under the warm water. Leave the rose in the bath for about two hours and let the water cool. This process can work wonders, but if the rose is already past its vase life it will not revive.


5. Will the plants in my bedroom suck the oxygen out of the air while I sleep?

No. Plants do give off carbon dioxide at night, but they absorb it during the day, giving off oxygen and improving the air we breathe. So at the end of the day there is a balance. Besides, you would have to sleep in a bright airtight room crammed full of plants before you noticed CO2 levels rising enough to affect your breathing. The plants are also absorbing harmful chemicals from furnishings and decor, traffic and smoke, thereby improving the air quality a second way.


6. My hyacinth spring bulb has finished flowering, what do I do with it?

You can throw it on the compost, plant it out in the garden, or encourage it to flower again indoors next winter. Keep on watering and feeding the plant for about six weeks after flowering, and then reduce the watering until about September, when you stop. The leaves should die back during this period of their own accord. Put the plant somewhere dry and frost free; in the spring the bulb will put forth shoots. Then you should start watering and feeding again.

Bear in mind that some bulbs prepared for Christmas flowering can exhaust themselves putting on a spectacular show earlier than they would normally. The next year's flowers may not be as large or numerous, while the bulb replenishes its resources.


7. What are the advantages of growing annual flowers?

Annual flowers are a great way to add quick and long lasting color to your garden. Most varieties of annual flowers will bloom for you all summer long. Annual flowers are also very versatile and are great for your flower boxes and hanging baskets. Annuals have two advantages over perennials. First, they don't need much weeding, because you can turn the garden over before planting them they tend to develop quickly. Second, they provide color by blooming all summer long. The disadvantage to annuals is that they do not winter over and must be replanted every spring. Some popular annual flowers are: pansies, marigolds, petunias, snapdragons, zinnias, geraniums, impatiens, begonias and salvia.


8. What are the advantages of growing perennial flowers?

Perennial flowers are useful because there are a lot more types of them for your garden and because they will winter over and come back next spring. Because they will winter over they typically need much more developed root systems and most varieties will not do well in hanging baskets or flower boxes. Most perennials will be in bloom in your garden for only a short period of time, perhaps a week or two. To create a perennial garden that will bloom all summer long requires the use of a wide variety of different types of perennials. You can get early color in your perennial garden by including bulbs like tulips and daffodils. Since a perennial garden can not be turned over every year it will require a lot more weeding then a garden of annuals. Some popular perennial flowers are: black eyed susan's, day lilies, Asiatic lilies, bee balm, daises, primroses, cone flowers, foxgloves, dahlias, mums, astilbes and asters.


9. What can and can't be planted early in the spring in March & April?

If you want to plant flowers in March and April you need to be careful of frost and freezes. Flowers that are hardy enough to survive frosty nights include pansies, primroses and most perennials. Most annual flowers like petunias and marigolds will not survive a heavy frost. Vegetable plants must also be kept from cold weather. The cole crops like cabbage and broccoli and some types of leaf lettuce may safely be planted in March or April but most other vegetables like tomatoes and cucumbers will not survive a heavy frost. The less hardy annual flowers and vegetables should not be planted in this area until about the first week of May. Even then you should keep informed about the weather and be ready to cover your plants or if they are in baskets or pots bring them inside should a late season frost warning be forecast.


Note: This page is under construction, we are still adding questions and answers to this FAQ.


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