Flower & Plant Care
Take it off, Baby!
When you receive your gorgeous flower bouquet, remove the outer paper wrapping and the wet wrap around the stems, which is all compostable and biodegradable.
Start your bouquet off on the right foot with a quick trim! Find a pair of scissors, kitchen shears or even a sharp kitchen knife and trim at least 1/2" off each stem. Pro Tip: aim for a 45° angle. This provides more surface area for the flowers to drink from and prevents the stems from sitting flush to the bottom of the vase (where bacteria can build up). Daily stem trims (or as often as you can remember) will also help to ensure your stems can get a fresh drink as they age!
Water is Life
Your flowers are going to appreciate a drink and to settle into their new home. Fill a vase with cool tap water and pop the bouquet in (after you’ve trimmed the stems of course)! Pro Tip: change the water daily (or as often as you can possibly remember!) This helps reduce the growth of bacteria in the vase water which will help you to get more bloom life from your bouquet.
Help your flowers live their best life and keep them out of direct sunlight and extreme heat. Unlike in the field, cut flowers don't love sunshine or heat. In fact, both can dramatically shorten their lifespan in the vase. That means that sunny windowsill is off limits, but three feet (or so!) away is a prime location!
Last, it’s important to remember that with a mixed arrangement, different flowers will have longer blooming life than others. Take care to remove the blooms that begin to wilt before the others! Just like changing the vase water, this will help to prevent excessive bacteria build-up and extend the life of the rest of the flowers in the arrangement! It’s also a great time to add in new blooms to keep that bouquet looking awesome!
GENERAL HOUSEPLANT CARE
All plants require water, light, and food, but the trick to success is to practice moderation.
Start with the Soil
The best growing media is soil-less and is a combination of equal parts peat moss, vermiculite/perlite, and compost.
A watering schedule of once or twice a week is suitable for most plants, where you water the plant thoroughly but infrequently. When I water my houseplants, I will pour water onto the soil at a slow, deliberate pace, until the water starts escaping from the drainage holes of the container. That’s your signal to stop watering!
Houseplants typically require high light (six or more hours a day), medium light (four to six hours a day), or low light (less than three hours a day). Plants will either require bright or direct light (sunlight from a south-facing window) or indirect or filtered light (sunlight through a curtain or light from a bulb).
Although plants carry out photosynthesis to process the sugars they need to survive, they also need a more direct form of food to carry out growing processes. Providing fertilizers to your houseplants helps ensure they will remain happy and healthy.
The food can be delivered via a granule that breaks down over time, or it can be added more directly via a water-soluble fertilizer. Granules generally need to be applied once every few months, while water soluble fertilizers should be applied every two weeks or so.
The Right Temperature, Good Air Flow, and the Best Face
Aim to keep the plant in a warm environment with some air circulation and rotate its face! Almost all houseplants need a minimum temperature of 12ºC to survive. Keep plants away from areas of cold drafts in the winter. The warmer it gets for houseplants, the happier they are!
Airflow is crucial to maintaining a healthy house plant. This can easily be achieved by running ceiling fans in your home to keep the air circulating. Still air, on the other hand, can cause a host of ailments in your houseplant. That’s why all greenhouses have those giant fans running. Use a cloth to wipe down the leaves of houseplants occasionally, to prevent the white buildup and coating of dust that can impact their health.
If your plant is in a sunny location, it’s important to give it a small rotation regularly to ensure even growth. If you imagine the “face” of your plant is facing the main light source, turn the plant one-quarter turn each week to help guarantee even growth.
Follow these basic tips for Happy & Healthy Houseplants!
PRESERVED AND DRIED CARE TIPS
Gently Fluff it Up!
Your dried bouquet my arrive tightly enclosed to help protect the flowers from any damage. We recommend keeping the bouquet tied but fluffing the stems slightly to make it look like the ones on our site. Be gentle -- dried flowers are delicate!
Keep it out of Direct Sunlight
Keep the bouquet indoors, out of harsh environments and out of direct sunlight. Too much time in the sun and the stems will start to lose their color.
Do Not Water!
Don't let the vase deceive you. These dried bouquets do not need any water! Simply place in the vase and let the stems shine.
Cut Stems as Needed
If you're feeling creative or want to truly vary height, cut your stems at varying lengths.
Dried bouquets aren't fans of humid air. Keep it in a cool place to ensure it lives a long, fulfilling life.
WREATH & GARLAND CARE
Give it a Zhush!
Upon arrival, work your fingers gently into its fluffy bits and give it a zhush!
Cut & Dry
This wreath or garland was made by hand, with heart just for you! And since it’s impossible to ship these festive friends with a water source, drying is a natural and inevitable part of its life cycle. What can you expect as your wreath or garland ages? Look for color changes, changes in size (especially in foliage-full versions) and a developing crispiness. While we’ve carefully selected foliage, bits, and other elements that look gorgeous fresh out of the box or dried, these changes in color, texture, and size are normal and to be expected as part of your garland or wreath lifecycle!
It’s Always Sunny
Excessive exposure to sunlight will cause your wreath or garland to show those signs of drying we talked about earlier much faster! Whether indoors or out, your foliage will dry much faster if left exposed to direct sunlight for prolonged periods. Our best advice? Find a spot to keep it that is out of direct light and heat!
Pro Tip: If you want to luxuriate in the lushness of the design right out of the box, keep your decor in a cool, shaded location. For some, this may not be the front door. Try hanging your festive foliage in an entryway, above your sofas or dining tables, or even above your bed! Want to go the extra mile? If you’ve received an all-foliage wreath or garland, lightly spritzing the leaves with water will refresh it!