It goes without saying that all flowers and plants should be handled with the utmost care and attention. Always keep out of reach of children and pets. Certain plants and flowers may be harmful or may cause irritation so please be careful when handling. We recommend that you do not place your gift on an unprotected surface.
Here are some useful tips for different types of flowers:
FlowersPlus offers a variety of wrapped roses for graceful giving. See some beautiful selections here or call us at 704-342-5429 for more information.
If you have received a gift of fresh cut roses please use the following care instructions to prolong the vase life of your Roses:
Upon arrival you should immediately prepare a clean vase with fresh water and if provided, some floral food. Fresh cut roses require lots of water. Fresh roses will drink at least a quarter of the vase each day so it is advisable to re-cut the stems at an angle under warm water with a sharp knife. It is important to remove any foliage below the water line. Avoid injuring stem bark. Changing the water on a daily basis will help eliminate any bacteria. Display roses in a cool location avoiding direct sunlight, excessive heat or cold. Do not display roses on the top of appliances such as a television, microwave or stereo. Appliances generate heat that will shorten the life of your fresh cut roses.
Key tips in success:
Re-cut stems underwater if needed. Keep vase full of water and use floral preservative. Display in a cool location.
Roses Arranged in a Vase:
FlowersPlus offers a variety of rose arrangements to delight that special someone. See selections here or call us at 704-342-5429 for more information.
If you have received a gift of Roses arranged in a vase by your local flower shop, remove all wrapping and check the water level. If low, bring the water level to the top of the vase. Do not display roses in the sun or on top of appliances. If a rose should wilt prematurely, submerge the entire flower & stem in a tub or tray of warm water (100 degrees F or 38 degrees C) and straighten. On an angle, cut one inch from the end of the stem under warm water using a sharp knife. Allow the rose about two hours under water to revive. If the roses are arranged in floral foam, keep the foam saturated with fresh water and add floral food if proved by your local flower shop.
FlowersPlus offers a variety of wrapped bouquets for graceful giving. See some beautiful selections here or call us at 704-342-5429 for more information.
Select a vase that best compliments your bouquet and add warm water and floral preservative. Remove foliage that will be below the water line in the vase and re-cut the stems underwater with a sharp knife. Check your bouquet daily and add fresh water when needed. Keep your vase 2/3 full. Display your bouquet in a cool location away from direct sunlight and enjoy!
Further supplies of flower food are available from your local garden center or florist. Some of your flowers may still be in bud. This is because we want you to enjoy them for as long as possible.
FlowersPlus offers a variety of floral arrangements to delight everyone on your gift list. See some beautiful selections here or call us at 704-342-5429 for more information.
If you have received a fresh flower arrangement from your florist, please use the following care instructions to prolong the life of your flowers:
Immediately upon arrival, check the water level in your fresh flower arrangement. Add warm water and floral food if provided by the flower shop as needed. If your arrangement is in a basket or a shallow dish, please keep the floral foam saturated. Remove fading blooms and foliage. Some flowers last longer than others. To keep your entire arrangement looking fresh, simply pluck fading flowers off the stem. Flower arrangements do not require sun. Do not display flowers in direct sunlight or on top of appliances. Keep flowers from extreme heat and cold.
Lily pollen can stain. Please carefully remove lily stamens from any newly opening blooms and avoid direct contact.
FlowersPlus offers a variety of plant baskets and dish gardens to brighten your home. See some beautiful selections here or call us at 704-342-5429 for more information.
If you have received a dish garden prepared by a local flower shop please use the following care instructions:
Moderately moist soil is best. Avoid over watering your garden. Shallow non-draining containers require less frequent watering then those with drainage. Place your Plant Basket or Dish Garden near a sunny window but keep it protected from direct sunlight.
Most plants like light and an even temperature. Avoid draughts, fumes and cold .Foliage plants require little water in winter. Flowering plants generally need more water.
FlowersPlus offers a variety of fruit and gift baskets for every occasion. See some selections here or call us at 704-342-5429 for more information.
If you have received a Fruit or Fruit & Gourmet Basket from your local florist remember to remove the cellophane wrapping upon arrival. If you leave the cellophane wrapping on the fruit, it will over ripen very quickly.
Typically the basket will arrive with a mixture of red and green apples, oranges, bananas and an “exotic” fruit such as kiwi, pineapple or cherimoya. Clean all fruit before eating. Soft skin fruit should give slightly when touched. If they are hard leave them at room temperature to ripen. Apples, oranges and kiwi can also be consumed over several weeks when stored in the refrigerator to maintain their freshness. Bananas should not be refrigerated as they will discolor. Fruit will spoil quicker in warm temperatures.
Fresh or artificial fruit is sometimes included in flower arrangements for decorative purposes only. Do not remove or eat this, as it may have been secured with wooden, plastic or wire fixings.
FlowersPlus offers a variety of house plants to brighten your home. See some beautiful selections here or call us at 704-342-5429 for more information.
Here are some tips to keep all of your house plants in tip-top shape all year round:
- Avoid annoying little flies by being careful not to tip tea and coffee into plant containers. The sugars left in the compost make it an ideal breeding ground for sciarid flies.
- Use trough planters as natural screens. They reduce noise and are useful as barriers to separate walkways etc.
- One of the most common causes of plant death is over-watering. Common signs of over-watering are a wet but wilting plant (it looks wilted but the soils wet), brown leaves or yellow falling leaves. Make sure there are holes in the bottom of the container to allow proper drainage.
- Your plants need water, light and warmth to survive. So when you’re off on holiday, don’t forget about your green friends. Make sure that someone else knows to keep the blinds open and the thermostat up.
- Peat free compost is suitable for all your indoor plants.
- Variegated plants (featuring leaves with white edges or white flecks) often need more light than their green cousins. Keep them nearer to a window so that they can get all the light that they need.
- Plants acclimatize slowly to different surroundings by changing their leaf orientation and structure. If you can, try not to move them around, as they may not adapt as easily as you think.
- Plants reduce stress. Every room in your home will benefit from a nice plant, as long as you have the correct light conditions for it.
- You can still have plants where space is at a premium. Some of our latest designs use tall containers to show off the plants, thus taking up as little floor space as possible.
- Regularly prune your plants to stop them becoming ‘leggy’. Once they’ve lost the foliage on their lower branches, it’s very difficult to get it to return.
FlowersPlus offers a variety of orchids to bring elegance your home. See some unique selections here or call us at 704-342-5429 for more information.
Orchids need ample water but should be allowed to dry out some between waterings. One way to check for watering is by poking your finger about an inch into the growing media. If it’s dry, give it some water; otherwise, let it be. Indoor orchid plants also need adequate humidity, about fifty to seventy percent.