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.

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Fun Facts:

  • Few know this, but in South Africa, Tulips are actually wintering 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

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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 lifespan, 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.

Wedding bouquets and traditions

Why do we have wedding bouquets?

We have celebrated weddings with long and beautiful wedding dresses, wedding bouquets, veils that cover the blushing bride’s face and the bridal party supporting the bride and groom at the altar while vowing to love one another for eternity. But, where these things come from? Where did the whole wedding bouquet and wedding flowers come from? Here at NetFlorist we just love our flowers, so it is important for us to have the ins and outs of all things flowers. So, for today we are going to share the history of wedding bouquets and the tossing thereof with you. Also, what to keep in mind when choosing your flower types and colours.

 

Wedding bouquets:

In ancient times a bouquet of strong smelling herbs and spices were carried by the bride to drive away evil spirits, bad luck and ill health. During Roman times, the tradition expanded to include flowers in the bouquet, as a symbol of fertility. The bride and groom wore floral garlands to signify their new life and the hope of fertility. The bride adds her floral garland to her wedding bouquet whereas the groom adds the same flowers as the bridal bouquet to his buttonhole – stemming from the medieval times of the Knight wearing the traditional colours of the lady, declaring his love for her.

In the olden days where superstitions etc. were popular belief, the bride was considered to have tons of good luck. Thus started the tradition of tossing the bridal bouquet.

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Perfect Wedding Bouquets for the blushing bride and her bridesmaids!

Tossing of bridal bouquet:

Being the bride and having tons of luck also meant that you where the target of people wanting a piece of whatever luck you had. This ended up badly as sometimes the gown and flowers where torn piece by piece from the bride by the crowd. As a distraction technique, brides later on started a tradition, that stems from England, to toss her bouquet into the crowd and make a run for it. Today, in a more civilised era, the bride tosses the bouquet at the reception to the single women that form a crowd, with the belief that whoever catches it will be the next to get married.

When choosing flowers for your wedding, the type of flower today may not be as important as finding the flower who’s colour matches your colour scheme perfectly.

 

Beautiful arrangements of wedding flowers

Beautiful floral table arrangements that will make a statement!

Choosing the perfect bouquet of flowers:

In the old days when thinking of flowers for your wedding, like the bouquets for the bride and bridesmaids and the centrepieces, one tended to choose flowers whose meanings had some significance to you. While flowers with a love connection, like roses and carnations, were (and still is) popular, there are many other flowers that have powerful meanings like daffodils (new beginnings), iris (faith), and calla lily (holiness) to consider.

Colour also plays a significant role in a flower’s meaning too. The favourite wedding flower, the rose, has different meanings depending on the colour. Red roses symbolise passion, the bridal white rose means happy love and the yellow one signifies joy and a promise of new beginnings. The same goes for the chrysanthemum: the red symbolises love; the white kind symbolises loyal love and truth.

Weddings are something special as it marks the start of a new beginning with your significant other. Choosing the flowers for your bouquet is something that needs to be thought about, although it shouldn’t be the very axis your world turns around. Now that you know why there are bouquets, why they are tossed and what are the significance behind them, go forth and choose beautiful flowers from the NetFlorist range that will be perfect for your wedding, from rustic to classic – we have them!

Best Winter Flowers in South Africa

Winter Flowers in South Africa

Winter Flowers in South Africa

The air is getting colder and the nights are getting longer. Winter is fast approaching, but even if it is too cold for a snowman to survive, you can still brighten a loved one’s coldest day by sending them flowers. As the seasons change, so do the flower availability, so we are here to help you by giving you a list of the best winter flowers in South Africa, so that you can ensure you send your loved one the perfect winter flowers to fill their day with joy! Lucky for us, in South Africa, the winters aren’t that cold and this still means that we can get bright and beautiful and the most colorful flowers all year round.

Beautiful Winter Flowers in South Africa are:

Tulips (available in orange, mauve and white)

Hyacinth (available in pink, mauve and white)

Irises  (available in orange, yellow, purple and white)

Daisy (available in yellow and white)

Lilies (available in a variety of colours)

Orchids (available in a variety of colours)

Gladiolus (available in yellow, white and pink)

Daffodil (available in yellow, orange and white)

Camellia (available in white)

Azalea (available in yellow and pink)

Dahlia (available in yellow, orange and pink)

Lavender (available in mauve and white)

Cornflower (available in blue and pink)

Delphinium (available in pink)

 

Roses (available in a wide variety of colours)

And there you have it, a list of flowers that grow in winter in South Africa. As you can see, these flowers come in a rainbow of colours and used in the beautiful NetFlorist bouquets and arrangements, you cannot go wrong when you want to spoil a loved one with flowers for winter.

Winter Flowers at NetFlorist

Winter Flowers at NetFlorist

 

Smooches

xox

 

Getting Your Garden Winter Ready

Getting your garden winter ready

Getting your garden winter ready

The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer. The temperature is dropping and as we are getting ready for the cold winter. Jackets, jerseys, scarves and knitwear is bought to prep our bodies for the cold, but, what are you doing to prep your garden for winter? Here’s some helpful tips and tricks to get your garden winter ready!

This winter, take some time to clean your garden. remove the rubbish and the gunk, take out all the dead plants and flowers and also those with diseases. Start with a clean garden. This will help ensure that your flowers bloom beautifully!

Feed the spoil to keep it strong for winter. You can do this by adding a layer of compost to the soil, or using a tiny bit of fertilizer.

If you already have flowers in your garden, cut away all the dead flowers and leaves. This will ensure that flowers that go into hibernation are healthy and ready to bloom in Spring.

It is also a good time to start planting your flower bulbs for Spring, provided that they will be able to stand the colder winter weather.

Wrap all of your flowers and plants that cannot withstand the colder weather with burlap. Don’t wrap the flowers or plants too tight, You can make a little nest around it with wood and wrap the wood. Add some compost to the ground to keep your flowers and plants ready for Spring.