Rose Bush

5 Tips to keep your rose bush alive in autumn and winter

With autumn in full swing and winter slowly approaching we thought we would help you ensure that your home keeps its cosy, rosy atmosphere. Here are a few tips for keeping your indoor rose bushes blooming during the colder seasons of the year. Roses tend to go dormant during winter and their leaves seem to fall but these tips will help keep your rose bush perky!

Water, water

Indoor rose plants get extra thirsty, so be sure to water the plant once every two days. Use two blocks of ice each time, depending on the size of the rose bush. The rule of thumb is two ice blocks per plant that is similar in circumference to a side plate.

Sunrise, sunset

Place the plant in direct sunlight as these buds don’t bloom without the sun’s enlightening rays. The average amount of sunlight, per day, an indoor rose bush needs, is six hours.

Cutting at the right angle

A 45° angle is the norm when pruning a rose bush. Don’t be quick to pluck the dead petals and heads off with your hands because tearing them off can damage the stem.

Timing is everything

Newly purchased plants won’t need pruning. However, as the plant gets older, you’ll want to remove dead branches or any cross branches that rub against one another.

Those damp conditions

Sitting your plant on a bookshelf in the cold study can cause blackspot to develop on the leaves of your rose plant. It’s a fungus that needs to be treated correctly. Cut off affected leaves and treat foliage with a fungicide specially made for blackspot. Good air ventilation will help to prevent fungus so keep the plant by a slightly open window that receives sunlight.

rose petals

What to do with your rose petals after the flowers have wilted?

Not sure what to do with your rose petals after the flowers have wilted? We have some ideas for you that will ensure that you make use of your blossomed buds in the best way possible. Below are some great ideas of what can be done with both fresh and dried rose petals.

Rose Petal body scrub

Place 1.5  cups of brown sugar,  1/4 cup of Johnson’s baby oil, and 12-15 rose petals in a blender. The petals you use can be fresh, slightly wilted or completely dried out. Mix the three ingredients together and place them in a mason jar. The fragrant rose body scrub does not expire, therefore, making it makes the perfect DIY gift.

Rose infused water and candle feature

Looking to do something different with those rose petals? Try taking a long vase and fill it  3/4 the way with water. Drop 7-10 petals (depending on the size of the vase) into the vase and place a floating candle on the surface of the water. Perfect for date night, dinner parties and tea time table décor.

Home-made rose potpourri

Take bloomed roses and separate the petals from the stem. Take the petals and place them in a single layer on a piece of roller towel, on a microwavable plate. Place this layer of petals in the microwave for one minute, on high. Depending on your microwave, you may need to put the petals in for another minute. If there is still moisture in the petals you can repeat this step for 10 seconds at a time, until the petals are dry. The next step is to leave the petals on a baking tray for 24-36 hours until completely dry. This step is important as you need to get rid of all moisture so that the flowers don’t grow spots of mould. Voila! You have a natural home-made potpourri.

Rose petal ice cubes

Rose petals mixed with gin makes the perfect floral infused cocktail. Simply place a washed petal (per ice cube) in an ice tray. Fill the ice tray with water and proceed to freeze. When you’re ready to serve, just pop the ice block in your gin cocktail, add some tonic water and mint, and you have the perfect slow-release rose-hinted cocktail.

Rose and lavender infused facial steam

On a Sunday afternoon, when we are all preparing for the week ahead, treat yourself to a relaxing cleansing facial. Place 8-10 rose petals in your bathroom sink and fill it with boiling water. Add a stick of fresh lavender to the mixture. Allow some steam to escape and then pull a towel over your head so that the bathroom sink and your face are covered, allowing you to inhale the aromas. This beauty ritual opens up your pores.


5 Tips to help keep your flowers fresher for longer

Those precious gestures, flourishing relationships and tender moments are things we wish would happen every day and not just on special occasions such as Valentine’s Day. Seize every opportunity to show your loved one how much they mean to you and employ NetFlorist’s services to help you do just that! NetFlorist is also here to help you with a few tips and tricks that we’ve picked up along the way. Below are five tips to ensure that those passion-filled flowers last that little bit longer! Read our 2018 tricks on how to care for and revitalise your rose bouquet.


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A teaspoon of sugar

By adding a teaspoon of sugar, per twelve stems, you are providing the flower with some much-needed energy to grow. If you have no sugar to spare, use 1/3 of a cup of sprite and mix it straight into the water. Repeat this every time you change the water in the vase.

Hold it in place

Hairspray is used to hold hair and makeup in place, but it can also be used as a touch up for flowers. Stand approximately three steps away and spray a small amount on the petals of the flowers.

An apple a day

Experiment with apple cider vinegar. Add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and two tablespoons of sugar, mix it and add it to the water. We can’t, however, guarantee that apples will start growing!

99% germ killer

Try a teaspoon of bleach, thick or thin, to the water. The bleach will kill all the potential bacteria that may grow in the vase.

Change is good

Try putting a copper coin or two at the bottom of the vase. It is said that the copper acts as an acidifier, which prevents bacteria growth.



Valentine’s Day gift ideas for her

Everybody has their own ideas about Valentine’s Day. It is one of the most contested holidays of the year, with many people questioning why there is only one specific day dedicated to showing those closest to you some love. You might convince yourself that the day is not an important one and that you don’t need to receive something on the day to feel special, but there’s no denying that feeling you get when you do receive even the tiniest of favours.

NetFlorist believes that those closest to your heart deserve to be spoilt all year round but on Valentine’s Day specifically, we want to be a part of giving your loved one that special feeling. We want to remain on their desk for weeks after the red roses have wilted!

Ever heard the saying, ‘it’s the thought that counts’? Well, we’ve built an entire company around that saying. We have put hours into tailoring the perfect gift for every situation and we’re particularly good at putting together Valentine’s Day gifts. Make this Valentine’s Day a memorable one, by giving your loved one that special feeling in their heart and let us help you do exactly that.

Beat the last-minute Valentine’s Day rush with NetFlorist! If you spend above R300 (excl. delivery) we will sweeten the deal and give you a free box of Lindt choccies in addition to your order! We’ve compiled a list of our top five Valentine’s Day gift ideas for her, just to help get you into the spirit of giving on the day of lurrrrrrrv.

Bunch of Red Roses in Craft Paper

A bouquet of ruby, red roses beautifully communicates feelings of romance, admiration and that of lust. This combination of feelings is intense and has the power to knock the socks off of her. The gift is a classic for a reason; there is very little that can go wrong with a bouquet of red roses. The roses are complemented by ruscus and comes neatly wrapped up in brown craft paper. Celebrate your ‘budding’ love the right way this Valentine’s Day. Shop Now >


8 Bits of You Personalised Wine

Imagine setting a stunning table for a romantic dinner and having it all seamlessly brought together by a personalised bottle of wine? Have your unique and special message printed on the bottle label and add your loved one’s name so that they know for sure it was made especially for them! Toast to your love and the future of your relationship with a glass of our wine in hand. Shop Now >


Teddy and Cadbury Chocolates in Gift Box

This particular item is one of our bestsellers and when looking at the image and accompanying price, it’s easy to see why. By purchasing this Teddy and Cadbury Chocolates in Gift Box, you are not only purchasing the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day, you are also purchasing a cuddle-buddy for your loved one for those lonely nights that you just can’t be there. Place your order ahead of time and have it delivered on Valentine’s Day. Shop Now >


Personalised Love Always Wins Mug

No matter how trying situations might get, keep in mind that love ALWAYS wins! The mug is available for purchase on its own but it can also be bought with either chocolate, hot chocolate, tea or coffee. The mug is also available for personalisation, which means you can add your and your loved one’s name and have it printed on the mug! Talk about that special touch!             Shop Now >


Personalised Better Half Chocolate Tray

True love is when both people in the relationship think they have the better half of the deal! Surprise your better half with this charming and delicious Personalised Better Half Chocolate Tray. A tray of twelve delicious assorted truffles is housed in a box with a sleeve keeping it securely closed. The sleeve has a quirky ‘better half’ design on it, which is also available for personalisation. Have your names printed on the sleeve for that extra special touch! Shop Now >


It’s important to keep in mind that these are just five items available for order and delivery. Visit our site for more options and you’ll see our designated Valentine’s Day tab. NetFlorist boasts a wide variety of romantic-themed gifts that are guaranteed to ensure a happy Valentine’s Day for her AND for you!

Tulips – Fun facts and caring tips

Taking care of your cut tulips and plants

Tulips are known for their beauty, popularity and being a favourite all year long. Today there are over 3000 varieties of cultivated tulips and a whopping 75 wild tulip species! Every year Holland grows and exports billions of tulips around the world. In this post, we are going to share some fun facts, and tell you how to care for your tulips, as fresh cut flowers and potted plants.

Fun Facts:

  • Few know this, but in South Africa, Tulips are actually winter flowers. They are rare in the warmer months of the year, when they are grown in cold rooms.
  • Worldwide they are the third most popular flower, only beaten by Roses and Chrysanthemum.
  • They are the only cut flowers that grow in water!
  • Tulips feel the drop in temperature at night and close their petals.
  • The tulip’s petals are edible! Depending on the colour, they range from being sweet to tasting a bit bland. PS. If you want to try this, the pink, white and peach petals are the sweetest, and the red and yellow the most flavourful.
  • About 90% of South Africa’s tulips are exported.
  • Tulip bulbs multiply when dormant.
  • Tulips are one of few flowers that have pores along the stem that absorb water!

Tried and tested myths that actually work:

  • If your tulip’s head flops to the side, simply pinch it through the neck with a needle or pin. The head will lift up soon after that and you might get an extra day or two of its beauty.
  • Or, you can drop a coin in the water. The reaction from the water and the copper has the tulip lifting its head up again.

Taking care of your cut Tulips:

  • First off, always buy tulips while they are still in bud. By the time you get home, they might have already opened, especially in the South African weather!
  • The first thing to do with your cut tulips is to cut down the bottom of the stems as its pores have closed. When you cut the stems, you open the pores again for the stems to absorb the water.
  • Once placed in a vase, only add about 5cm of water. Only top water up once a day. Don’t over water it, as it absorbs the water faster, causing the head to flop sooner.
  • Fresh tulips don’t need plant food – it simply needs fresh water to stay alive.
  • Fresh tulips are better on their own in a bouquet, as they only have a five-day life expectancy.
  • REMEMBER: Tulips thrive in a cool environment as they are fragile.
Tulips in vases

Spoil someone special with a beautiful tulip flowering plant or bouquet from NetFlorist.


Caring for your Tulip Plants:

  • Tulip plants are grown in cold rooms in South Africa.
  • Keep the plants away from heat as it causes faster development.
  • Only water your plant twice a week. If you want, you can put water in a drip tray and place your tulip pot in there so it can absorb the water as needed.
  • Once the colour of the tulip flower starts showing, the life expectancy of the tulip plant is around a week to a week and a half.
  • Once the flower dies, you can cut it down and take the bulb out of the soil. Place it in a dry and dark place, or plant in a dry area in the garden.
  • The bulbs multiply in the ground in their dormant state.
  • In the late summer you can plant your bulbs again for them to bloom during the winter season.
Tulips potted plants and bouquets available.

NetFlorist has the most amazing range of potted plants and flowering plants, like these beauties: Tulip flowers.

Tulips are beautiful flowers and although they don’t have an exceptionally long life span, they are beauties you want in your home and office! NetFlorist has tulips that come in just about every shade of colour and we know that these amazing flowers are an awesome gift for just about any and every occasion.