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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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Best Indoor Flowers and Plants For The Winter

December 18, 2015

Undoubtedly one of the best parts about summer is the fact that our gardens are in full bloom. Between those located in our backyards and on commercial properties, you can find some of the nicest landscapes around during the warmer months! But then there’s winter, and as the trees lose their leaves, our thriving gardens also begin to wilt. However, that certainly doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the beauty of flowers and plants during this time of year too; you just have to bring them indoors! Below, find out a few different species of flowers and plants that we recommend:

Dish Garden

A major benefit of dish gardens is that they are easy to maintain, so unlike all of the work you may have to do outdoors during the summer months, taking care of these indoors can be a piece of cake! Essentially, dish gardens are like a miniature garden that you can build right inside your home – just make sure that you use plants and/or flowers that thrive under the same conditions.

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How To Keep Your Christmas Tree Fresh

December 11, 2015

Holiday Flower TreeThe holidays are an awesome time of year for a number of reasons, but one of our favorites (and maybe yours too) is putting up a Christmas tree. Whether you take an annual family trip to cut down your own or pick one off your local tree lot (you may even have a smaller Christmas tree as a holiday decoration within your home), the fun doesn’t end after you’ve found the perfect one – you get to decorate it, and, most of all, enjoy it all season long!

However, a common debate that many families have is when they’ll pick out their tree. Why? Often, many people fear that getting one too early will result in a Christmas morning where presents are left under a sulking and sagging tree filled with brown needles. The good news? You can keep your Christmas tree alive & fresh all season long with some Christmas tree care tips from our flower & plant experts:

Trim The Trunk

Before you secure your tree in its stand, make sure that the trunk undergoes a good trimming. If you aren’t sure how much to cut off, about ½ inch should suffice. And remember, cut straight across the trunk, you don’t want to start cutting on any angles! Continue Reading…

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How To Transport Flowers Safely (and Neatly)!

October 8, 2015

If you don’t have the proper packaging like we do at, we know that the struggle is totally real when it comes to transporting flowers from point A to point B; without it, things can get pretty difficult AND messy! If you’ve ever been the recipient of a gorgeous wedding floral arrangement, then you know exactly what we’re referring to – talk about water all over your car’s floor mats! Or, if you’ve ever brought flowers as a gift for a dinner party host and crushed a perfect bouquet of roses, then you’ve definitely experienced this struggle too.

Roses in car

But we have good news! You don’t need to be an expert to guarantee that your flowers will get from one destination to the next without a major disaster – all you need is a few simple tricks up your sleeve! Here are a few that we recommend remembering:

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Tips For Gardening With Your Dog

September 21, 2015

Did you know that Responsible Dog Ownership Day is in September? For all you dog moms and dog dads out there, we know that you probably view every day as an opportunity to give your pet the best possible care there is. But in honor of this observance, we’re touching on one more task you may not have given much thought to before – gardening with your dog.

Gardening with your pets- dog and flowers

Even though the summer is coming to an end and you may not be spending as much time in your garden as you did in the past couple of months, there are certainly plants and flowers that thrive in the fall – if you’re like us, that means you’ll definitely head out to the garden at least a few more times before the cold really sets in! And should your a-DOG-able pet be joining you as you head outdoors, here are a few tips to help keep them safe:

Be mindful of fertilizer:

Of course your plants need food to thrive, but just like you wouldn’t indulge in theirs, neither should your pets. In fact, if your dog consumes any of the fertilizer you put down in your garden, it could really take a toll on their stomach. As a result, your best bet is to keep dogs away for a while after tending to your plants and flowers – your garden and your dog will thank you!

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8 Edible Herbs You Should Grow in Your Indoor Herb Garden

June 24, 2015

Mixing up a fresh dish packed with herbs for dinner? Skip the trip to the grocery store and grow herbs in your own indoor herb garden, instead! Here are 8 edible herbs you can grow right from your kitchen!


Grow these Herbs in Your Herb Garden


Did you know that Lemongrass doesn’t even need dirt to grow? Simply buy a stalk with extra stem and place in water. Lemongrass can be used in cooking and for medicinal purposes.
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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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Jerry Rosalia

*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!

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Cut Tulip Care and Handling Tips

April 21, 2014

Get the most out of your cut tulips with these tulip care and handling tips!

When to Buy Tulips

Buy full bloom tulips ONLY if you’re planning to use them immediately; otherwise, buy or cut your own tulips when they are showing just a little bit of color. This will give your flowers more longevity. Continue Reading…

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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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