Mother?s Day Flower Care Tips For Mom
When buying a beautiful bouquet for Mom or a blooming plant, show off your smarts by sharing these handy tips from 1-800-FLOWERS.COM:
Feed Me Mom!
Arrange the flowers in a deep-vase filled with cool water, and then mix in the floral preservative provided by the florist.
Clean Up After Yourself!
Remove all leaves from the stem that fall below the waterline in the vase so they don?t cause any bacterial growth.
Cut to the Important Stuff!
Use a knife or shears to cut an inch from the bottom of the stem while holding it under water. This allows the stem to draw in the water, instead of air.
Change is Good!
Keep cut flowers and arrangements looking fresh by adding cool water to the vase every day. Always keep the vase full, and change the water every three to four days.
For maximum longevity, recut the stems whenever you change the water and keep the vase in a cool spot.
Go Back to Basics Mom!
To keep flower arrangements vibrant and help them to last as long as possible:
- Always keep the vase filled with water, refilling each day as necessary
- Use the packet of flower food provided with your flowers
- Remove 1? to 2? of stem with a sharp knife
- If the water becomes cloudy, replace it completely and recut the stems
- Keep the flowers away from direct heat sources, including the top of the TV
- Remove any leaves that fall below the water line to help prevent bacterial growth
To help houseplants grow:
- Certain plants need specific care; be sure to follow all of the instructions that come with your particular plant
- Check the soil to see if it is dry and in need of water
- Flowering plants generally need their soil damp at all times
- Foliage plants should be watered when the top layer of soil becomes dry
- Be careful not to over water ? water only until the soil is saturated
- Use distilled or filtered water if possible; tap water sometimes contains harmful minerals
- Most plants generally need between 12 and 15 hours of light each day
- Windowsills can mean death to most plants (except cacti); the glass-magnified sunlight will scorch them
- Flowering plants flourish in a sunny room, with some direct sunlight during the day