Category: ‘Flower Facts’

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Caring for Your Valentine’s Day Flowers

by Jenny Scala on February 15, 2017 at 6:29 am

Photo courtesy of Syndicate Sales, Inc.; <a href="http://www.syndicatesales.com" rel="nofollow">www.syndicatesales.com</a> Floral designer Alice Sweet, Palmer-Kelley, Carmel,INIsn’t it a wonderful feeling, getting flowers? Are you still smiling? I bet you are. Rutgers University research shows the presence of flowers makes us happy.

Make those good feelings last longer with a little tender loving care for your floral gift.

 It’s easy to care for flowers: 

  • Display your flowers away from direct sunlight, heating or cooling vents. Avoid placing flowers directly under ceiling fans
  • Check the water daily. Does the vase have enough water, and does it look clean? If the water becomes cloudy, you need to replace it, use the little flower food packets, and follow the directions. 
  • You also can re-cut stems by removing one to two inches with a sharp knife. And keep the leaves out of the water. 
  • For more details on flower care, click here

Enjoy your flowers and appreciate the Valentine who sent them to you!

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Three Outstanding Roses for 2017

by Jenny Scala on January 20, 2017 at 10:05 am

Roses are the most popular flower in the United States and giving roses is a favorite way to say, “I love you.” Last Valentine’s Day, an estimated 250 million roses were produced for the holiday. While red roses are the No. 1 floral gift purchased for Valentine’s Day, there are hundreds of varieties of roses to choose from with many different and exciting characteristics that make each of them unique, such as color, stem length, petal count, and fragrance to name just a few.

Last September during the Society of American Florists’ Outstanding Flower Varieties Competition, there were 67 types of roses showcased. Here is a look at the three roses that earned Best in Class recognition. This is the final chapter in a three-part series.

Best Standard Rose: If you’re a classic romantic, you can’t help falling in love with ‘Black Pearl’. No, this is not Johnny Depp’s ship in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. This ‘Black Pearl’ is a sophisticated rose with smooth, velvety crimson petals and can bloom for up to 2 weeks.

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Three More Outstanding Flowers for 2017

by Jenny Scala on January 17, 2017 at 10:43 pm

During the Society of American Florists’ Outstanding Flower Varieties Competition last September, a panel of floral experts evaluated 184 types of flowers during one of the floral industry’s biggest flower competitions. They awarded 11 “Best in Class” ribbons to the flowers that earned top marks in their category, such as best rose or best carnation. Earlier, we looked at five of them, including the Best in Show and People’s Choice pick. Here is a look at three more. This is the second in a three-part series.

Best Potted Flowering Plant: African violets make delightful gifts for any occasion. ‘Ingrid’ is hailed as the “start of a new generation” of African violets. The judges adored its perfect pink, semi-double flowers and its full, lush leaves.

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Outstanding Flowers for 2017

by Jenny Scala on January 13, 2017 at 4:21 pm

SAF Outstanding Varieties Competition The Society of American Florists holds one of the floral industry’s biggest flower competitions during its annual convention. Flower growers from Florida, California, Oregon, Hawaii, Idaho, and Tennessee as well as Colombia and Ecuador brought what they considered to be their most exceptional flower varieties to the last Outstanding Varieties Competition in September. They exhibited 184 types of roses, chrysanthemums, bulb flowers, gerberas, alstroemeria, carnations, potted flowering plants and decorative foliage.

A panel of floral experts evaluated the blooms on a range of criteria including color, commercial appeal, bloom form and size, and overall presentation. The panel choose the best flower in 11 categories and had the difficult task of crowning one Best in Show. Convention attendees voted for their favorite and gave it the People’s Choice honor. This is the first in a 3-part series showcasing these outstanding flowers.

Best In Show and Best Cut Bulb: An Oriental Lily named ‘Tabledance’ won the hearts of judges and the contest’s top honor. Its subtle sweet fragrance and magnificent blooms make it stand out. The judges also point out its dreamy gradation from pink (similar hue to Pantone’s Rose Quartz in 2016) to a bright white in the center.

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10 Things You May Not Know about the Poinsettia

by Lisa Greene on December 10, 2016 at 10:15 pm

Poinsettia - -- Photo Courtesy Lisa Greene, AAF, AIFD, PFCIPoinsettias are a traditional holiday plant that bring color and life to home décor. They last the whole season and are harbingers of spring plants to come. Here are some interesting facts about the poinsettia.

  • John Quincy Adams is responsible for bringing the poinsettia to America. Joel Roberts Poinsett introduced the poinsettia to the United States in 1825, but it was JQA who appointed Poinsett as our first ambassador to Mexico.
  • December 12th is National Poinsettia Day and was established in 1851 to honor Joel Roberts Poinsett. Read More