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Poinsettias – The Belle of the Christmas Ball

poinsettia red Christmas plant

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Trimming your home with vibrant colours of red and green stirs up the brightest and best feelings of Christmas, of the holiday season, of rituals and of traditions passed through the generations. And when it comes to holiday red, what could make more of a statement of grace than the unequaled beauty of a poinsettia?

Want to make a bold holiday impression? Arrange multiple poinsettias together to create a burst of bright Christmas reds and greens. Showcase your poinsettias as a focal point on a table or in a window – at home or at the office. Wherever a poinsettia is, an unbridled and joyful message is sent: Christmas is coming!

poinsettia Christmas plant gift basket

Fruit and Poinsettia Basket

Early in the holiday season choose a few Poinsettias as vibrant messengers of the oncoming holidays. Get creative in their placement and let their unequaled brilliance stir feelings of goodwill and cheer. As the holiday season moves merrily along the red flowers of your poinsettias will keep the party going, raising spirits and adding a festive touch.

Don’t fear that the poinsettia may be harmful to your animals or children. It’s not! It’s definitely not a poisonous plant. University researchers have tested it, and the The American Medical Association has confirmed it. It’s a bit of an urban myth, really!

poinsettia christmas season arrangement

Christmas Planter Basket Medium with Red Poinsettia

To get as much joy as possible out of your poinsettia, please use the following tips for its care. First of all protect it from the cold! So have it wrapped well when you buy it in cold weather. Place it in a cool, sunny location away from drafts. Water whenever the soil feels dry, but never let the pot sit in water. Always pour off excess water from its saucer.

Make yourself a promise this holiday season: Welcome poinsettias into your home and ring the bell joyfully loud: Christmas is here! Christmas is here!

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

With its striking, large deep green leaves and the contrasting white blooms, this plant will accent any home or office beautifully. The flowers are sometimes called flags and usually appear once or twice a year.

Simply Elegant Spathiphyllum - Large

Simply Elegant Spathiphyllum – Large (BF6030)

One bonus of owning a Peace Lily is that it cleans the air. All plants take in carbon dioxide and give up oxygen. Exactly the opposite of humans and animals which helps keep the atmosphere balanced.

And it is very easy to take care of, for all you non green thumbs out there. It does not like direct sunlight, though filtered light through a sheer curtain is fine. A west or east window is usually also acceptable. But this plant also tolerates low light with a fair degree of success. More light encourages blooming. Fertilize sparingly.

We recommend that when you receive your Peace Lily……….let it go somewhat dry between watering. When the leaves droop a bit, give it a drink as soon as possible and it will come back. (warning; do not let plant really wilt or it will not come back with the next watering.) Like most house plants, this one does not like over watering or under watering.

Try to remember how many days after watering the plant looked a bit droopy, then water one day before that. It should be approximately 1 week. This will keep your plant happy & healthy with a perfect watering schedule. Water more often in hot and dry locations.

Much of the water you add to a plant simply evaporates. The plant only use part of that water. Plant leaves (and humans) are made up of mostly water.

The Peace Lily, even though called a lily, is not in the lily family and therefore is only mildly toxic to humans and dogs- which is good news for you pet owners!

The Peace Lily is perfect for all occasions from birthdays to funerals, sympathies, offices or new home owners. It is a low maintenance plant with high class elegance.

When you see Tulips, you know Spring is almost here!

Spring is almost here! Mother Nature may be playing some tricks on us but spring will come and along with it will be all those beautiful spring flowers.

The tulip is probably the first flower everyone thinks of when spring is upon us. In the shop the customers are always excited to see them. It means the warmer weather is on its way!

Mixed Tulips With Cube Vase

Mixed Tulips With Cube Vase

So you’ve purchased your bunch of tulips or, someone was nice enough to send you some, and you look at them and say “now what do I do with them”.

Here are a few tips to keep your tulips and any other bulb spring flower lasting as long as possible.

  1. Choose a clean vase that is tall enough to support at least 3/4 up the stem so the tulips are supported. Otherwise the tulips will flop over the side and no one likes floppy tulips!
  2. As the days go by your tulips will actually grow taller so you might need to give them a cut if they start to look uneven. Also your tulips are attracted to the light and will grow towards it.
  3. Tulips are like a lot of us at cocktail hour… Whatever you’re drinking- Make sure the glass is clean, cool in temperature and filled to the top 🙂

The warmer weather, sunshine on your face and blooming flowers are on their way! Pick yourself up a bunch of tulips in the celebration of spring!

As Robin Williams said “Spring is nature’s way of saying “Let’s Party”

Taking Care of an Orchid can be a Little Tricky

There is always a fascination with the orchid plant. With so many different varieties their beauty and elegance is so diverse. All different shapes, sizes and even scents! Yes, scents. There is even one that smells like chocolate. Perfect substitution for the waist line!

Regal Orchids

Regal Orchids

Mother Nature really put in a lot of time and focus when creating the orchid. Their delicate petals and markings differ from one variety to the other and look as if the best artists in the world got together and hand painted each one.

Taking care of an orchid can be a little tricky. There is a fair share of you out there that are orchid whisperers and have no problem getting them to bloom and flourish in all their exotic glory. The rest of us however have had our struggles… to say the least.

Phalaenopsis Orchid Plant Lavender or White

Phalaenopsis Orchid Plant Lavender or White

With all the feedback and research we’ve received, this is what we recommend. When it comes to watering your orchid, there are 2 methods.

  1. A quarter cup of water once a week.
  2. Place 2 ice cubes-that’s right, you are not seeing things. 2 ice cubes on top of the roots/soil and just let them melt into the plant.

Also, the best way to remember to take care of your plants is to pick a day of the week to water. This way you know when Friday comes around you know it’s time to water. And you might as well do it around cocktail hour since you’re getting the ice cubes out anyway.

One last thing, when the all the blooms fall off of your orchid plant cut the stems off about 6 inches up from the leaves and KEEP WATERING THE PLANT. The blooms can come back with light, fertilizer and some TLC. As long as your leaves are green you are still in the game!

Enjoy & Good Luck!