CARE OF FLOWERS:
Anthuriums from Hawaii are known for their especially long vase life.
Depending on the variety and season, this heart-shaped favorite can
retain its straight-from-the-tropics freshness for up to 45 days.
tips from Hawaii’s tropical flower experts will help you make the
most of the astonishing anthurium. Purchase flowers when the spadix
(the tail-like part), which is actually a protruding floral cluster
has 75 percent open miniature flowers. You’ll know the anthurium is
mature when the spadix changes color from a yellowish/off-white to
white and its surface becomes rougher. Unpack the flowers immediately
and carefully. Creasing or folding the heart-shaped part of the flower
will cause the injured areas to darken.
Trim 1/2 to 1
inch off the stems, being careful not to mash them. If the flowers are
wilted or flaccid upon unpacking, submerge whole flowers for 10 to 15
minutes in 70 to 80 degrees F water. Place the flowers in a clean vase
and one that contains clean water (with or without a floral
preservative). Avoid storing anthuriums at temperatures lower than
their ideal 55 degrees F for any length of time. This way you’ll
reduce the likelihood of a chilling injury, which causes the flower to
once. Use clean water - with or without a floral preservative. Keep
flowers away from heat sources and drafts.
The dendrobium orchid, a most elegant tribute to the image of Hawaii
as paradise has for centuries symbolized love, tenderness, joy and
friendship. But, to the florist, the dendrobium symbolizes much more.
Not just ease of use and length of vase life, but versatility as well.
The cascading sprays and delicate beauty of these the quintessential
flower of the tropics enhance occasions from the everyday to the
To retain the dendrobium’s radiance for up to two weeks, follow
these healthful hints.
flowers immediately. Trim up to 1/2 inch off the stems. Place the
flowers in a clean vase with clean water or a commercial floral
preservative. If your dendrobiums are wilted upon unpacking, simply
submerge whole sprays for 10 to 15 minutes in cool tap water.
Dendrobium orchids are slightly sensitive to ethylene. To avoid
ethylene buildup, you’ll want to ensure adequate ventilation and
sanitary conditions. What are the ideal storage conditions for
dendrobium orchids? These tropical treasures will stay their loveliest
when held in water and at 50 to 55 degrees F. Holding dendrobiums for
more than a week at temperatures below 45 degrees can cause blooms to
discolor or drop.
Re cut stems
once or twice per week. Use clean water with or without a floral
preservative. Keep flowers away from heat sources.
Avoid temperatures below 45 degrees F.
The exotic Dendrobium orchid was grown in Hawaii under natural
conditions. Your orchid plant will thrive in normal household
conditions. No green house is necessary.
Place plant near window with morning or late afternoon sun. Can be
placed outside in summer in partial shade.
Volcanic cinders are used as medium to retain moisture as well as
providing air for the roots. Water plant twice a week as needed (do
not over water). Fertilize once a month misting with a general
water-soluble fertilizer (14-14-14 or 30-10-10). Follow instructions
on the label.
When plant outgrows its pot, repot into larger pot. You can use fir
bark, coco-chips, and rock as potting material.
55 to 85 degrees F. Do not expose to extreme cold.
Long-lasting Hawaiian tropicals heliconias, gingers and exotics come
in a rainbow of shapes and sizes. In fact, tropicals range in length
from six inches to six feet and in tone from the deepest coral to the
richest orange. What this means is an unsurpassed selection of bold
lines and vibrant colors. To help their luster last, here’s the best
way to treat tropicals.
Unpack the flowers immediately. Trim 1/2 to 1 inch from the end of
each stem. Place the flowers in a clean vase with clean water. Wet
flower heads and foliage daily to prevent dehydration. Keep flowers
away from heat sources and air conditioning ducts. If heliconias or
birds of paradise are supplied to you in a closed condition, open one
or two flowers by hand from their protective bracts or spathe. Bird of
paradise should be stored at temperatures above 45 degrees F, while
gingers and heliconias should not be stored below 65 degrees F. To
prevent gingers from bending, you’ll want to hold them vertically.
Good news. These flowers aren’t ethylene sensitive. The bird of
paradise’s tendency to produce a lot of nectar can sometimes lead to
mold growth on the flower. This mold can be removed easily by washing
the flower with plain warm, soapy water and rinsing with clean water.
Re cut stems
once. Use clean water with or without a floral preservative.
Keep flowers away from heat sources, air conditioning drafts, and
Clean vase when changing water. Tropicals have long vase life, up to
It's no wonder the protea was named after the Greek god who could
change his appearance at will. That's because this tropical treasure
offers a startling diversity of shapes, sizes, hues and even textures
-- all merging to create more than 1,400 varieties that entice you to
literally feel their color. Despite this diversity, all protea share a
common advantage -- excellent keeping qualities.
Here are easy ways for you to take advantage of the protea advantage.
flowers immediately. Trim up to 1/2 inch (off of the stems,) being
careful not to mash them. Remove leaves that will be in the vase
solution. Protea are thirsty, so you'll want to maintain an adequate
supply of clean water, preferably with a floral preservative, in, of
course, a clean vase. The ideal storage temperature for all protea
varieties is in a floral refrigerator between 36 - 50 degrees
fahrenheit. If you notice leaf discoloration on some of your protea
Minks, for example rest assured that this is a natural phenomenon and
does not diminish the usability of the product. Removing leaves
immediately around the flower head can enhance flower display. But
keep in mind that you can obtain some control through the use of
commercial floral preservatives, ideal storage temperatures, and
adequate light. You can dry protea by hanging them upside down in a
dark place. Or simply let your arrangement dry naturally.
Re cut stems
Use clean water — with or without a floral preservative.
Keep flowers away from heat sources and drafts.
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