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Caring for Tulip Plants

March 31, 2020

Due to the current situation, the Container Garden DIY Workshop that we had planned for March 20th at the Bungalow Bar in my hometown of Rockaway had to be canceled.

However, we had already sourced all of the green and flowering plants (mostly from our non-profit partner – Smile Farms at IGHL).

Studies have shown that people feel less depressed, anxious and agitated after receiving flowers, and demonstrated a higher sense of enjoyment and life satisfaction.  Therefore, I am planning to distribute the plants and supplies wherever I can and where I think they can do the most good!


The tulip plants had already started to bloom.  I needed to get them into people’s homes asap so that as many people as possible could enjoy the simple pleasure of watching the tulips bloom.  In the words of Lady Bird Johnson, “Where flowers bloom so does hope”!


Thanks to my little helper Willa, hope and tulip plants were sprinkled throughout Rockaway or at least within walking distance of a four-year-old!


If you were one of the lucky stops on “Willa’s Wagon of Hope” tour, or you have tulips growing in your garden or have a tulip plant in your home, I wanted to share a few tips to maximize your enjoyment and extend the life of your tulip plant.


When your tulips are approximately at the bloom stage in the above photo, you can snip the stems from the plant.


And enjoy them for a few more days as cut flowers!


If they are further along, like the plant above, it’s a little too late for this step.


However, if you want to save your tulip bulbs so that they will bloom again next spring, you will still need to cut the flowering stem from the plant.


When your tulip starts to lose its petals, cut the stem off the bulb. This helps prevent the bulb from using more energy than it needs to. Try to trim as close to the base of the bulb as you can.

Keep the leaves on your tulip plant at this point. They will help your bulbs store energy for the next season.


After its blooming period, the leaves of your tulip will take about 6 weeks to yellow and die. In this time, the bulb is gathering the energy it needs from the sun to be able to bloom next spring season. Once all the leaves have died, you can dig the bulb from the ground or pot.


In an upcoming post, I will show you the next steps to properly storing your bulbs so that next spring you will be able to tiptoe through your tulips!


But for now – Stay Healthy, Stay Safe, Stay Home!





Flower Care & Handling

Tulip Care Tips

April 2, 2018

In honor of tulip season and tulips being one of my favorite flowers, I wanted to share some tips and tricks to help you care for your cut tulips! Check out my videos below for how to straighten bent tulips or for an easy way to arrange tulips in a vase using a grid:

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Flower Care & Handling

Farm Fresh Flower Arrangements

February 9, 2018

When you send someone flowers,  you instantly make their day, no doubt about it! Flowers have an almost magical quality about them that just makes people feel good. And it couldn’t be easier to show someone how much you care: order online or by phone, pick up a bouquet at your local florist or market, pick a few stems from your own garden–any way you do it leads to a smile!

Bae BouquetOf course, with so many options, it can get a little confusing sometimes. For example, at 1-800 there are 2 distinct floral categories. There are flower arrangements designed & delivered from a local florist in the town where the recipient lives and there are fresh-cut flowers picked on our premier partner farms, right here in the United States and around the world, that are cared for and inspected to make sure they meet our 100% Smile Guarantee®, and shipped fresh to ensure lasting beauty and enjoyment. Continue Reading…

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Caring for Fresh Cut Peonies

May 17, 2017

Peonies are one of the most popular cut flowers.  The only problem is that they are very seasonal and readily available for only a few weeks each spring.  Do you think the limited availability adds to their charm?

Their exquisite beauty and limited availability might lead you to think that they would need special care and handling.  They don’t.  The basic fresh cut flower care steps are all a peony needs to thrive. Continue Reading…

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How to Arrange Roses Step-by-Step

February 7, 2016

Roses are a timeless symbol of love and beauty, and shared as gifts of affection for as long as anyone can remember. And Valentine’s Day is like the Super Bowl of rose giving! As a matter of fact over 300 million roses will be given as gifts this Valentine’s.

Are you one of the lucky recipients? Not sure how to arrange your bouquet of fresh cut roses? I thought so! That’s why I created this video on arranging roses just for you. I break it down to 3 basic steps to help you create a beautiful bouquet in no time!

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How to Make Your Roses Last Longer

February 3, 2016

It feels really nice when someone sends you flowers. You feel special, can’t help but smile, and want your flowers—and that feeling—to last as long as possible.

To help you make your flowers last longer, we wanted to share some flower and rose care tips that are sure to prolong the life of your fresh blooms. Here’s my friend and 1-800 co-worker Nancy Egan to tell you a couple of things that you can do to keep your flowers fresh and beautiful for as long as possible!

If your roses did not come arranged for you, you may be interested in my blog post, “How to Arrange Roses in a Vase Like a Pro,” featuring an easy to follow step-by-step video.

If you’re interested in preserving flowers in a unique way, you may also like my recent blog post, “How to Preserve Flowers in Wax.” In this fun DIY blog post, I demonstrate how to easily preserve flowers in wax to enjoy their beauty for a long time.

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How to Make Flowers Last Longer

August 30, 2012

Make a Simple Floral Bouquet Last Up to Three Weeks

It has been scientifically proven that flowers make people feel good. According to behavioral research conducted at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, nature provides us with a simple way to improve emotional health – flowers. The presence of flowers triggers happy emotions, heightens feelings of life satisfaction and affects social behavior in a positive manner far beyond what is normally believed.

By following the simple flower care and handling tips that I have provided, you can get those good feelings to last longer! Continue Reading…

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Caring for Cut Flowers in Five Easy Steps

August 20, 2012

Care for Cut Flowers In Order to Keep Them Fresh 

Step One: Always use clean vases or containers. Bacteria in the water will shorten the life span of your flowers. Household bleach is an excellent cleaning agent for your floral containers.

Caring for Cut Flowers by Cutting Under Water

Step Two: Have your vase ready before working with the flowers. Fill the container about ¾ full with warm water and floral food (according to packet directions). Of course, I always have extra packets of floral food at my house, because I always have fresh flowers. If you buy flowers from a florist they will give you packets to use at home – why not ask for a few extra so that you have them on hand too. If you find yourself without a commercially prepared food click here for a version that you can make yourself. Continue Reading…