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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!

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Grow these Herbs in Your Herb Garden

Lemongrass

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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*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!
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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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Fall Plant Care and Handling of Indoor Plants

November 1, 2013

How to Care for Fall Plants With daylight lessening as we get into the fall and winter seasons, it’s important to keep our plants in mind when the colder and darker weather approaches.  Since plants are nature’s way of purifying and improving our indoor air quality, it’s important to keep them as healthy as possible and in turn, keep you as healthy as possible!  By now, most of us depending on one’s climate, have moved our outside house plants inside, but in this article I’m going to provide tips to help keep your green friends alive throughout the autumn and winter seasons.

How to Water Plants in the Fall

With limited sunlight indoors, you want to make sure that you are watering your plants thoroughly once a week to ensure they are properly hydrated. If the plant container has drainage and a saucer, you should see a little bit of water in the saucer after watering. The water in the saucer indicates that the plant was thoroughly and properly watered.

If your plants were not fed in the spring, a half-feeding of water soluble plant food can be fed to your plants.  Fall plant feedings should be done as early as possible, since most green plants go dormant in the winter.

Light and Where to Place Fall Plants

Placement of your plants regarding lighting, should strike a balance.  East and west locations are ideal for most plants.  Keep plants a foot or two from the brightest window, so that the sun coming through the glass does not burn them; remember, most green plants are tropical.

If your plants need re-potting, please see one of my other blog posts on How to Repot a Plant.

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
· DIY Mother’s Day Crafts: How to Make a Mother’s Day Floral Arrangement
· How to Make an Easter Floral Arrangement
· 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”
· How to Make a DIY Halloween Flower Arrangement with Halloween Candy
· Learn more about Jerry Rosalia and his 58+ years of experience in the flower and plant industry!

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How to Care for Mums

October 19, 2013

Mum plants are one of the most popular plants, especially for fall, and as the weather cools, we begin to see more and more mums! The long-lasting mum plant comes in many varieties and colors, and often makes the perfect outside decoration to spice up one’s home! fall-mums-how-to-care-for-mums.jpg

About Mums

Mums are short for “chrysanthemums” and have also been called “chrysanths.” Originating from Asia and Northeast Europe, there are countless varieties in the chrysanthemum family, usually differentiating themselves by their petals. For example, spider mums have curly petals while fuji mums have long straight petals.

Buy Mum Plants in Budding Stage

When buying mums, people have a tendency to buy them in full bloom for the full color. However, this is actually not the best time to buy mums. For the most longevity out of your mums, it is actually best to buy them in the budding stage. In time, the buds will bloom into larger flowers.

Watering Mums

When flowering, mum plants, as well as other blooming plants, require extra water for the energy they are exerting, so make sure your mums are well hydrated to bloom to their full potential.

Maintenance & When to Plant Mums

If your plant is put outside and survives the winter, it should be shaped and pruned down. This will increase the number of flowers, and add to the blooming appearance of the plant. The best time to do this is around the first of July. If left untrimmed, the plant will bloom early by the end of the summer.

Mums Make a Perfect Long-Lasting Gift

Mum plants make great long-lasting gifts because even after the blooms are gone, can be planted outside anytime before a hard frost (depending on your climate), ready to rebloom in the fall!

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
· DIY Mother’s Day Crafts: How to Make a Mother’s Day Floral Arrangement
· How to Make an Easter Floral Arrangement
· 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”
· How to Make a DIY Halloween Flower Arrangement with Halloween Candy
· Learn more about Jerry Rosalia and his 58+ years of experience in the flower and plant industry!

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Hot Pink Roses: One Hundred Years to Grow Perfection

September 4, 2012

lady roses, hot pinkWho could resist a rose called ‘Hot Lady’? It’s a spectacular hot pink rose, too, with two-inch-long buds that look good in a vase for at least 10 days. And the color! Hot, hot pink. It’s the kind of rose that florists love, not least because it appeals to the hot ladies for whom it was named.

As it happens, hot ladies have plenty of hot pink roses to choose from, thanks in large part to a century-old German firm called Rosen Tantau (Tantau Roses).

Just four men have run the company in that century, each one taking an inventive approach to rose breeding. Founded by Matthias Tantau in 1906 in a small town outside Hamburg, Germany, the firm became internationally known following World War II, when Jackson Perkins introduced ‘Garnette’, a popular red greenhouse rose, to the United States. It became a florists’ standard. Continue Reading…

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How To Repot A Plant

July 19, 2012

The tendency to transplant a plant, in most cases, is premature; however, if it is done properly the plants will not be adversely affected.  If the plants are from a dish garden that you’ve had for a while, you may want to re-pot the few remaining plants – or it may be a plant that is root-bound (with roots growing out of the bottom drain hole).  Learn how to repot a plant with these simple tips.

A Guide To Transplanting Plants

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Start out with a bag of potting soil.  Using soil from your garden is good, but it may contain “critters” or “spores” that you don’t want in your home, as they may contaminate your other house plants.

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Keeping It Green:
How to Keep Plants Alive

July 9, 2012

Flower Care Tips from Expert Florist Jerry Rosalia

Get tips on how to keep plants alive!
House plants are the air-purifier you don’t “plug in.”  However, to keep them alive and growing is another story.

The #1 killer of house plants is over watering.  There are several ways to prevent this from happening.  Follow these instructions on how to keep plants alive to keep them green!

1. Dip your finger in the soil up to the first knuckle; if the tip of your finger is moist, the plant is O.K.

2. If your plant has a drainage hole at the bottom, add water until you see it come out of the bottom into its saucer; don’t let water stand there more than a few hours.

3. The weight method: Thoroughly water your plant and lift it to feel its weight. After a few days, if it’s lighter than when you first lifted it, it needs water. Usually, a good rule of thumb is to water a plant every 5 to 7 days, depending on its environment. Heating and air-conditioning can affect how often the plant will need water. Continue Reading…