Did you know?
DID YOU KNOW that when tying off a bouquet you should loop the twine through the knot twice and pull tight? The knot will then stay fast allowing you to put the bouquet down and to tie the double knot with free hands instead of your teeth – from Amy Curtis.
DID YOU KNOW that stems of ilex (holly) berries should never be left out of water? Store the twigs in a moist atmosphere and add cut shrub food to water to keep the berries looking good for longer.
DID YOU KNOW that cyclamen plants should, where possible, be watered from below? Rainwater or softened water is best and remove any excess water. Dead flowers should be removed by twisting the stems off at the corm.
DID YOU KNOW that the latest high fashion trends can be used for packaging? The use of ‘external’ zips on dresses is very popular. To achieve this effect for a special presentation or display, simply staple a chunky zip to strong wrapping paper to create a tube, slot a planted design inside and partially open the zip for added impact.
DID YOU KNOW that sustainable materials are becoming increasingly popular for wrapping and display? Why not use outdated posters as artistic flower wrappers!
DID YOU KNOW that narcissi plants can be displayed both indoors and outdoors as long as temperatures are above freezing? To keep stems from drooping, keep the soil relatively dry.
DID YOU KNOW that you should never put two varieties of gypsophila in the same water and that you should never return stems to a cold room after they have been standing in the warmth? This will often cause florets to turn brown.
DID YOU KNOW that when alocasia plants, which thrive in warm damp conditions and prefer a well lit area, can only be displayed in poor lighting you should reduce the amount of water you give it? Plants also require less water in winter and enjoy a regular spray with soft water.
DID YOU KNOW that you should only buy dahlias when mature to ensure that they open well in the home? Removal of lower leaves will prevent water contamination and flowers should be displayed in a draught-free position.
DID YOU KNOW that ammi flowers should be at least one third open when bought otherwise they may not reach full maturity?
DID YOU KNOW that you should keep galax urceolata leaves moist by wrapping them loosely in plastic? It is advisable to store them in a cool spot.