Help,Tips & Advice

Help,Tips & Advice
Help,Tips & Advice

Judith Goss Florists  

High quality flower’s & gifts with a reliable professional service;

If you want advice in choosing flowers to send as a gift or floral tributes just ask - we are here to help.

All our florists know which flowers work well together in arrangements and bouquets etc, which flowers last longest and which are easiest to care for. They also understand the cultural aspects of floristry in the UK and Ireland; for example a suitable flower arrangement for a new baby or an appropriate tribute to send to a funeral.

Phone: (+44)  01823  25 46 46

Freephone:   0500 34 35 62

Judith Goss Florists
77 Station Road,
Taunton,
Somerset.
TA1 1PB

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Flower Care;

We selected the following interesting tips hope this helps there will be more to follow;

Tips For Flower Care;

Simple tips to ensure that your flowers last longer and look their best ;

  • Make sure vases are very clean
  • Use fresh lukewarm water with commercial cut flower food added.
  • Strip all leaves below the water level.
  • Take at least 3cm (1") off all stems, making a slanted cut with a sharp knife or very sharp scissors.
  • Avoid draughts heat or direct sunlight  which can shorten the flowers' lives.
  • Remove faded flowers and foliage's as they occur and keep flowers away from fruit
  • Top up the water regularly and add flower food in proportion.

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Do's & Dont's

Do's ;

 

 

Buy flowers from a reputable outlet, and choose blooms with firm petals or with buds that show a degree of colour to ensure the flowers will develop fully.

Ensure the flowers are well wrapped for protection and, if the flowers are to be kept out of water for some hours, ask the florist to cover the stem ends with damp paper, or even to "aqua-pack" them in their own water `pod'.

Ask for cut flower food if it is not already supplied.

This contains the correct ingredients to

  • a) feed the flowers properly,
  • b) keep bacteria at bay (which blocks the stem and stops water uptake),
  • c) encourage buds to open,
  • d) lengthen the life of the flowers.

Snipping the corner off a one-dose sachet and adding it to the vase water is simple and effective - and scientifically tested to make your flowers last longer.

Use lukewarm water - there's less oxygen in it, and helps prevent air bubbles in the stem that will block water uptake. It also encourages some flowers to open up. The only exception to this is spring bulb flowers like daffodils and tulips which prefer cold water.

Use thoroughly clean vases - bacteria kills flowers.

Cut stems at an angle. This gives the stem a bigger area to take up more water, and stops it resting on the bottom of the vase and sealing itself.

Follow the care and conditioning stages outlined below to prolong the life and beauty of the flowers.

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Dont's ;


Smash or pierce the stems, or use blunt scissors, as this destroys the water vessels and inhibits water uptake, and causes bacteria to multiple more quickly and over a larger area. It also causes the flower undue stress which shortens its life.

Mix daffodils and narcissus with other flowers. They emit latex from their stems when cut, which is known as `daffodil slime', and shortens the life of other flowers. Keep daffodils alone in vases, or use the special bulb cut flower food which makes them safe to mix with other flowers. You can place the daffodils in a bucket of water for at least 12 hours on their own and then arrange them with other flowers, making sure you do not cut the stem again.

Don't put flowers near ripening fruit – it releases tiny amounts of ethylene gas which prematurely ages flowers.  Dying flowers do the same so 

 

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Lilies care tips 

Care tips for consumer:

                          

  • Fill a clean vase with water and flower food ;
  • Remove the lower foliage to prevent leaves hanging into the water,
  • Use a sharp knife to remove two centimetres diagonally from the bottom of the stem ( A 45 Degree angle should be fine)
  • Keep lilies away from direct sunlight draughts or ripening fruit,
  • Check and replenish (change) water level regularly
  • In the event of pollen stains: use a dry brush or sticky tape to remove. Never use water.
  • If stains persists, place the clothing in the sun and the pollen will disappear after  time.
  • Caution: Cut flowers are not suitable for human consumption

 

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Gerbera care tips ;

  • Fill a clean vase with water and flower food ;
  • Use a sharp knife to remove two centimetres diagonally from the bottom of the stem ( A 45 Degree angle should be fine):
  • Keep gerbera away from direct sunlight draughts or ripening fruit,
  • Check and replenish (change) water level regularly
  • If gerbera flagging , wrap some paper round stem to support it trim stem at an angle again (45 degrees) as above and place it back in fresh water and it will firm up after a few hours: 

 

Gerberas in mixed Bouquets tips :

 

  • Fill a clean vase with water and flower food:
  • Use a sharp knife to remove two centimetres diagonally from the bottom of the stem ( A 45 Degree angle should be fine):
  • Remove the lower foliage to prevent leaves hanging into the water,
  • Keep lilies away from direct sunlight draughts or ripening fruit,
  • Check and replenish (change) water level regularly
  • If necessary, trim stem at an angle (45 degrees) again and place back in water and stems will get firmer after a 4 hours or so :

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 Plant Care ;

Here are Some simple tips to keep your houseplants looking

healthy & good;

 

 

Looking after houseplants is not difficult, but some may need special attention. Buy plants with a specific care label with a botanical name on it. This helps you identify the three key elements your plant needs to grow, and therefore where it would be happiest - how much light the plant needs, how warm it likes to be, and how much water to give it.

 

Try to choose houseplants that like the conditions in your home or the way you look after your plants. For instance, if you have warm sunny rooms cacti are ideal; whereas shady areas would suit ferns or ivy. Azaleas are ideal for those who over water plants; and  for those who forget!

 

Don't forget to feed your plants regularly - to give them the energy to flower, produce new roots, and encourage healthy leaf growth. There are many different types of plant food available - make sure you use one for either flowering or foliage plants, as appropriate, as the ingredients are different. If you have plants with broad glossy leaves, give them an occasional wipe over with a damp cloth. The plant's 'lungs' are in its leaf surface - and if it's choked with dust it can't breathe.

 

New plants will not need feeding as the compost contains enough nutrients for at least six weeks growth. Some flowering houseplants have a dormant period when they recuperate after a season of growth; during this time they need less watering and feeding. Talking to plants is not so daft either, as you are breathing carbon dioxide on them, which they need to survive. It also allows you to inspect, close up, for pests and diseases or signs of stress.

 

Quality of your plants is vital, so inspect them well before you purchase and only buy from a reputable source. Choose houseplants with lush healthy leaves and new growth. Buy flowering plants when the buds are just opening; and remove dead flower heads to encourage new flowers to open.

 

We hope this gives you fresh new ideas for using plants in your home or work! Remember all living houseplants help increase feelings of relaxation and well being, and help you breathe more easily. So whatever houseplants you choose to have around you, they will improve your mind, body and spirit - as well as beautify your surroundings.

 

 
 

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