Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Selecting Healthy Bulbs

Think about when you want color in your bulb flower gardening site.
There is an excellent color
choice available in tulip bulbs. No matter what type of color design
you want to create your
choices range from white to pink to even black tulips. Daffodils,
although typically sunny yellow,
are also found in combinations of yellow and white. Crocuses are
commonly white, purple or
There is no need to stick to only one type of bulb, as spring bulbs
all complement each other
very well. Tulips pair very nicely with daffodils and crocuses are a
small plant that add color to
the lower end of the garden.
You can extend blooming times by planting different varieties of bulbs
also extends bloom times.
Bulb varieties exist for every bulb flower gardening season:
–Some of the most popular early spring bulbs are tulips, crocuses and daffoodils.

–Snowdrops and winter aconite also bloom in early spring
–Grape hyacinth and Grecian windflowers are mid-spring bloomers.
–Lilies and Persian buttercups blossom in early to mid-summer.
–Amaryllis does its thing in late summer
–Begonias, dahlias, eucomis,elephant ears and caladiums are also
popular summer bulbs

–Meadow saffron shows off in the autumn.
Choosing the right bulbs involves more than just selecting colors and
cultivars. Type, timing,
bulb size, and most importantly, bulb health are equally significant
factors in designing your
spring garden.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Antherium Flowers

Related to the Arum Lily, the Antherium is a striking heart shaped
flower that grows only in tropical climates. They are imported all
year around, together with large heart-shaped glossy Antherium leaves
and tropical orchids. Because of their large size, bright colors, and

longevity, Antherium work well arranged with orchids or just simply
with tropical foliage.

It originated in South and Central America, and also grows naturally
in Hawaii and in Queensland, Australia. Antherium are one of the few
flowers that respond well to light misting, but not to refrigeration.
Antherium are available in shades of red, pink, white, brown and green.
The Antherium goes by the name Painters Palette, due to its one large
flat veined petal and tall spike, resembling the painting plate and

They are a popular choice for corporate offices or to decorate more
modern homes.

Monday, February 9, 2009


Common Name. florist azalea
Scientific Name. Rhododendron spp.
Bloom Season. The florist azalea blooms from
early to late spring and is most commonly sold
during the Easter season and for Mother’s Day.
Flower Color. The florist azalea comes in
all flower colors except blue.
Foliage. The foliage ranges from small and
rounded to large and pointed. The leaf is ciliate
(has small hair-like structures coming out the side
of the margin) and slightly pubescent (has hair-like
structures coming out of the upper side of the leaf).
Flowers. The flowers range from small to large,
single, semi-double, and double forms. The petals of
the flower are fused together in a star shape.
Plant Selection. Check the following list
when choosing a florist azalea:
• Foliage all the way to the base of the plant
and no long shoots coming out of the top of the
canopy of the plant.
• No more than 25 percent of the blooms open.
• A plant that has not been crowded out by
other plants; crowding gives a flat side or yellowing
• A plant that can support its own weight and
does not need string or wire supports around it.
• A plant without disease or insect
problems—disfigured or discolored new as well
as established growth (shriveled or yellowed
leaves), or damaged stems, leaves, or flowers.
Plant Care. After bringing the plant home,
you need to take several steps to keep it healthy
and flowering. While all plants and flowers
have a limited life, you should enjoy a florist
azalea for 2 to 3 weeks by following these
recommended care and handling tips.
L i g h t—B r i g h t , i n d i r e c t s u n l i g h t i s
recommended to keep the plant growing
without fading the blooms.
Water—Water daily or more often as the plant
needs it, when the potting mix becomes visibly
dry. Irrigate with enough water to allow some to
come out the bottom of the pot. Be careful not to
allow the potting mix to become too dry, as it will
not easily become wet again.
Fertilizer—Fertilizer will not be needed on
florist azaleas.
Maintenance—Remove all dead leaves and
faded blooms and keep the foliage dry to help
prevent disease and insect problems.
Usage. The florist azalea is a nice accent to
almost any part of the house. The main concern
is to keep the potting mix from drying out


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Taking Care of Cut Flowers to Promote Longevity

Cut flowers can brighten up any room and add life and color to your
house. Follow our tips here and you should enjoy your flowers for as
long as possible
When you receive the flowers from your loved one specialy in valentines day
gently lay the bouquet on the side and
cut approximately 3cm off the bottom of the stems at a 45� angle using
a sharp knife. Making a slanted cut provides stems with a bigger
surface area for taking up more water, and also stops them from
resting flat on the bottom of the vase, limiting their water intake.
If you can cut
the stems while holding them submerged them will absorb even more water
Place your floral arrangement in a vase large enough to allow the stems to reach at
least half-way down. Then fill it three quarters full with lukewarm
water, adding the flower food supplied in accordance with the
instructions on the sachet. It is better to put flowers in warm water,
as lukewarm water contains less oxygen than cold water, and reduces
the amount of air bubbles likely to form in the stem's network of tiny
conductive vessels, blocking or limited water uptake. It is vital to
ensure that your vase is completely clean, as residue from previous
displays can harbor bacteria which will block the tiny tubules that
carry water up the stems, causing your flowers to wilt. For the same
reason, you should also remove any fronds and leaves which lie below
the water level

Flowers thrive in light, cool positions (18 - 22�C, or 65 - 72�F),
away from direct sunlight, heating or cooling vents, radiators and
other appliances that give off heat. Warm temperatures encourage
flowers to respire at a higher rate and fade more quickly - so the
cooler the room or location they're in, the longer they will last.
However, draughty spots - such as in a hallway or near open doors -
will not do your flowers any good either because they make petals dry
out faster. Avoid placing bouquets or arrangements near ripening fruit,
or leaving dying blooms in the display as these both release tiny
amounts of ethylene gas which makes flowers age faster. Do not use
metal containers as they neutralize the effects of flower food. Some
cut flowers, such as tulips, continue to grow and will grow towards the light