Flower & Plant Care

Care for Flower Arrangements

Make sure the container your flowers come in is always full of fresh, clean water, and add a little flower food to the mix while you're at it. Re-cutting the stems at a 45° angle one or two inches from the bottom will reopen the seal from their last cut, helping your blooms soak up every last drop. Flowers like to play it cool, so set the dial for between a pleasant 65 to 72 degrees F. Let them bask in the sunlight from a distance, and don't make home a spot near vents or appliances.

Care for Orchids

When it comes to light, orchids fall into two camps. Ascocenda, Cattleya, Dendrobium, Oncidium and Vanda are fans of bright, indirect light, while Paphiopedilum, Phalaenopsis and Miltonia prefer the shade. Keep the bottom of your orchid's container dry by watering just once or twice a week. Provide adequate air circulation and offer them a boost with a liquid fertilizer once or twice a month. And don't add soil to your orchid's container; most are epiphytes---they grow in the air. Let them put down roots in a bed of rocks or bark, the way nature intended.

Care for Succulents

Water your succulent when it has dried out completely from the last watering, soaking the soil until it drains out, generally every one to two weeks. If your container doesn't have drainage holes, water down to just the top ½ inch of soil. While succulents love natural light, they'll do fine if they get six hours of sunshine a day. If you see a wilted leaf, simply prune it off. Your succulent will thank you.