Tulips are better than one!

Adding bright blooms such as Tulips to our winter days is something us sunny South Africans love to do! In an ideal world, we would want Tulip-season to stay as long as possible. So, we are here to help you make sure these tremendous florals stay blooming for as long as possible.

Tulips

Choose the Correct Vase

Choosing the right vase is key.  It must cover at least half the height of the tulip stems.  The tulips do love to stretch out and will usually grow upwards, approximately two inches in height during their vase lifetime. Give them space to stretch out in the vase and arrange them so that they don’t clump together. This also helps to reduce petal loss.

Cut the Tulip Stems

Tulips grow after they’re placed in the vase, so we suggest holding the bouquet to the right side of the vase first, and cut the stems to make sure the blooms are the exactly the length you prefer. Cut the Tulips at a 45-degree angle – this creates a ‘straw-like effect’ and allows the stems to soak up the fresh water.

Plenty of  Fresh Water

Cold, fresh water is best. Some garden gurus suggest 3 blocks of ice in the water per 6 flowers. Tulips will drink a lot of water. We suggest changing the water every 2nd day and giving the stems a fresh trim when you change the water.  To keep your blooms blossoming, you can also add flower food. For less conventional solutions, throw a 5c coin at the bottom of the vase, or add lemon juice, or half a teaspoon of regular cane sugar.

Avoid Overexposure To The Sun

Tulips are “photosensitive,” meaning they grow and open based on the sunlight they are exposed to. You should avoid placing the vase in direct sunlight or heat, as they’ll wilt faster once the blooms open up. To achieve maximum floral life, you want to receive tulips at an ‘early’ cut stage or ‘closed’ stage,” like in the bud. Once the Tulips have reached the ‘open’ stage, the life of the flower is sadly quick. Just remember a little bending at the stems is natural for tulips as they “stretch” towards the sunlight, but if the stem looks “floppy,” that’s not a good sign.

Be Careful When Mixing In Different Florals

If you want to include other flowers in your bouquet, one should be mindful that tulips are very sensitive to other flowers. Some other flowers that affect the tulip life cycle are daffodils or narcissus as they emit a substance that will make tulips wilt faster. Tulips are gorgeous enough to be placed in a vase all on their own.

Celia Lopes, NetFlorists go to floral guru says: “Tulips do actually get along very well with Peonies, Roses, Hydrangea and lots of greenery.  So, let your creative juices flow when styling your arrangement or let NetFlorist do it for you. Just no daffodils in the arrangement

RED TULIPS IN CERAMIC POT

R159.95

Tulips

Red tulips are the perfect gift for any occasion. They have the power to brighten up anyone’s mood and home. With winter around the corner and people unsure of what will leave a lasting floral scent and memory in the home, Tulips are the perfect purchase.  Send these amazing red tulips planted in moss in a gorgeous, keepsake ceramic pot to a special friend or loved one and be the reason for their smile. Order this beautiful plant with NetFlorist! Colour of the plant may vary.

TULIP POT PLANT

R99.95

Tulips

Be the sender of smiles with a sunny purple tulip plant which is presented in an orange ceramic pot with moss. It will take pride of place in any home or office! It is also a great price for a lasting gesture.

PURPLE TULIP PLANT IN CERISE TISSUE PAPER

R89.95

Tulips

Make someone’s day with a gorgeous purple tulip plant which comes presented in cerise tissue paper with a special black and white striped ribbon. Send now!

RED TULIP PLANT IN HELLO POT

R189.95

Tulips

Say hello there with this lovely red tulip plant, which comes presented in a ‘Hello’ pot with moss. It works well in the welcome area of any home, hospital or workspace.

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.

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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.