Celebrate International Purple Day

Get your ‘purple’ on this International Purple Day. NetFlorist showcases some stunning purple gifting ideas throughout the course of the year, but Purple Day is about more than that.  Celebrate World Epilepsy Day today by becoming more informed about the disease. Create awareness by sharing the below image on your social media platforms:

Purple Day

Here are some (fairly unrelated) fun additional facts you might not already have known about the passionate hue:

  • The ancient city of Phoenicia (Greek island) means, ‘Land of the Purple’. This is believed to be where the colour purple was first produced.
  • The once Emperors of Rome, Augustus and Julius Caesar declared only the Emperor would be allowed to wear the colour purple.
  • The Purple Heart is awarded to soldiers that have been wounded or killed in action. This honour was established by George Washington in 1782.
  • February is the lucky month to claim the purple birthstone. This stone is called the Amethyst.
  • Purple originated from the tropical sea snail called the Murex. The mucus of the Murex was used to make purple.
  • Lavender, lilac, mauve, indigo, eggplant, plum, violet, orchid, pomegranate and puce are all shades of purple.
  • Purple is the hardest colour for your eye to distinguish.

 

Orchid

Don’t let it get ‘orchid’: Did you know?

This month we had to choose our favourite plant range and it got a bit ‘orchid’! See below for some great tips to make sure you get the most out of your orchid plant this season. Floral expert Carlos Lopes suggests that:

  • Orchids need a lot of water, but should also be allowed to dry out a bit in between waterings.
  • One way to check for enough 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.
  • You can place a water-filled saucer or tray of pebble stones under the plant, mist the plant daily, or use a humidifier to help with correct conditions.
  • Orchids need to be placed near a south or east-facing window that receives indirect light.
  • Make sure the room your orchids are in receives circulation, or instead, set an overhead fan on low if it doesn’t get enough air flow.
  • Orchid pots must be equipped with drainage holes to allow excess water to run out of the pot. Otherwise, the root may rot maybe even killing your beautiful plant!
  • Orchids will die if they get too cold.
  • You should cut off spent stems when the flowers have died.
  • Orchids do not flower more than once on the same stem, with the exception of the Phalaenopsis, or Moth Orchid.

See more: TULIPS ARE BETTER THAN ONE!

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.

See more: ARUM LILY

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.

See more: TOP 6 TIPS FOR IRIS CARE

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.

flowers

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.

flowers

Mixed Roses in a Black Box from R299.95

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.