Caring 4 Flowers

Fresh Flowers

Water Wisely

  • Change the water every 2-3 days. Use lukewarm water for most flowers and cold water for bulb flowers like tulips.
  • Trim the stems by 1-2 inches at a 45-degree angle before placing them in the vase to ensure better water absorption.

Location, Location, Location

  • Keep flowers away from direct sunlight, heating or cooling vents, and electronics that generate heat.
  • Opt for a cool spot to prolong their life.

Feed Them

  • Use the flower food provided by your florist according to the instructions. Alternatively, a teaspoon of sugar and a few drops of bleach in the water can help nourish the flowers and keep the water clean.

Potting Up

Potting up plant cuttings that have successfully rooted in water is an exciting step in plant propagation. Here’s a simple guide on how to transition your rooted cuttings into soil, ensuring they continue to thrive.

Materials Needed:
Pot with drainage holes
Potting soil
Scissors (optional, for trimming any excessively long roots)

Prepare the Pot:
Choose a pot with drainage holes at the bottom. This is crucial for preventing water from sitting at the root level, which could cause rot.

Fill the pot about one-third full with a well-draining potting soil.

Prepare the Rooted Cutting:
Gently remove the rooted cutting from the water. Handle the roots carefully to avoid damage.

If the roots are very long, you can trim them slightly with scissors to encourage new root growth once potted.

Plant the Cutting:
Make a small hole in the center of the soil with your finger or a small tool.

Carefully place the roots into the hole. Ensure the base of the cutting is level with the top of the soil.

Gently backfill the hole with soil, tamping down around the base to secure the cutting and eliminate any air pockets.

Water Thoroughly:
After planting, water the soil thoroughly until water runs out of the drainage holes. This helps settle the soil around the roots and ensures they have adequate moisture to start growing in their new environment.

Place in Suitable Light:
Light is crucial for the growth of your new plant. Cuttings with light green leaves require more indirect sunlight than those with darker coloured leaves. Place your pot in a location where it can receive bright, indirect sunlight. Avoid direct sunlight, which can be too intense and cause the leaves to burn, especially for lighter coloured leaves.

Ongoing Care:
Keep the soil consistently moist, but not waterlogged. Over the next few weeks, monitor the plant to ensure it is adapting well to its new pot. You may begin to see new growth once the plant has established itself.

If the leaves begin to droop or look unhealthy, check if the light conditions are appropriate and adjust as necessary.

By following these steps, you give your rooted cuttings the best chance of flourishing in their new homes.

Happy Planting!

Dried Flowers

Keep Them Dry

  • Ensure dried flowers are completely free from moisture when you place them in a vase or other display areas. Humidity is the enemy of dried flowers, causing them to wilt or mold.

Avoid Direct Sunlight

  • Although they are no longer living, dried flowers can still fade in color when exposed to direct sunlight. Place them in a spot where they can enjoy indirect light.

Dust Gently

  • Use a soft brush or a hairdryer on a low, cool setting to remove dust. This will keep them looking fresh without damaging the delicate petals.

No Water Needed

  • Unlike their fresh counterparts, dried flowers do not need water. In fact, water can damage them, so keep them dry at all times.

Handle with Care

  • Dried flowers are more fragile than fresh ones. Handle them gently to avoid breakage.

Avoid Humid Areas

  • Bathrooms and kitchens can be humid, which might affect the longevity of dried flowers. Opt for drier rooms if possible.

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