Floral & Botanical Care
Basic: Freshly trim the stems with sharp scissors and immediately place the bouquet in a vase with cold water. Place your arrangement away from direct sunlight. Flowers stay fresh longer in a cooler environment. Change the water every 2-3 days. Trim the stems every time.
Tip one: Avoid placing your arrangement beside ripening fruit or vegetables. You'll be surprised but ripening fruit gives off an odorless invisible gas called ethylene (harmless for humans). When flowers placed next to ripening fruit, they get affected by the gas. That gas makes the petals drop sooner than Mother Nature intended.
Tip two: Adding flower powder (usually comes with flowers in a little package) helps to keep the water clean a bit longer. You can make your own flower powder by adding about 1 teaspoon of sugar, 2 teaspoons of lemon juice, and a 1 teaspoon of bleach to your vase before adding about a quart of water. There are a few flowers that actually do NOT like any additives in the vase. Some of these are zinnias, sunflowers, and glads.
Basic: If there is any wrapping around the arrangement, please carefully remove it. The vase is already filled with water. But do fill it up if needed. Change the water every 2-3 days, trim the stems before placing them back.
Tip one: Avoid placing your arrangements in direct sunlight.
Tip two: Go for daily walks and use sunscreen (just checking if you're still reading).
Basic: Most indoor plants need watering about once a week. Different plants have different needs. The amount and frequency of watering will depend on several factors, such as plant's maturity, root system, location, sunlight, heat, and ventilation; kind of pot also may affect the water needs. Check the soil - that's a good indicator of the watering schedule. Plants should become slightly dry between waterings. To water correctly, pour enough water into the pot so that some comes out of the drainage hole. Discard the extra water. If the plant was parched, water it again in about 10-15 minutes. Keep in mind that more indoor plants die from too much watering than from too little.