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Sept Flower of the Month - All about the Alstroemeria

Well hello there Autumn, another truly fantastic time of year and a whole new season of flowers to enjoy. This month’s flower of the month is the stunning Alstroemeria (also known as the Inca Lily), they come in amazing and rather eye catching colours of the rainbow although white tends to be a favourite in September (signifying a new start!) and we think they’re a pretty awesome addition to any room in the house.

Alstroemeria

 

Alstroemeria’s bloom between June and October, so September is the perfect month to enjoy them at their absolute finest. These flowers love a dramatic entrance and save their beauty for just the right moment so if you pop in store to pick some up, you won’t find them in full bloom as they hide in their buds, it’s only once you’ve got them home that they’ll embrace the spotlight and make their blooming entrance- pretty cool right?

 

Other interesting facts include:

Ø  They originate from the cool mountain regions of the Andes in Brazil, Peru and Chile

 

Ø  Over recent years, through careful growing and care, the flowers have adapted resulting in sturdy stems, aesthetically pleasing green foliage as well as a much longer vase life- more for your money there then!

 

Ø  No flower is the same as they can come in various styles and markings- some leaves have stripes, some have spots and some are completely plain

 

Ø  The Alstroemeria flower is a symbol of wealth, prosperity and fortune as well as being the flower of friendship 🏵️ 🏵️ 🌸

 

Ø  You’ll have to appreciate these ones on looks alone we’re afraid as they actually have no fragrance!!

 

Ø  Oh and keep an eye on the room temp, these guys stop producing flowers if the soil gets too hot.

 

 

We do stock these right here in our Longridge store, so if you fancy adding them to your September flowers shopping list, pop by or even give us a call and we’ll ensure they’re ready for collection. Then once you’re home and they’re basking in their full glory, pop a pic up and tag us on Instagram and Facebook

 

See you soon…

Alstroemeria

Caring for Flowers

There are a lot of myths and old wives tales about caring for cut flowers.....

Add sugar/lemonade to the vase water

A lot of people believe that sugar is great flower food, but it isn't. The same goes for lemonade. It's only an extra source of bacteria which you want your flowers to stay away from. Just stick with cut flower food provided with your bouquet. This contains every nutrient that your flowers need.

Add bleach

Although bleach stops the growth of bacteria and helps with damaged stems people generally use too much of it. Only a tiny drop is enough but it's best to stay away from bleach. The flower food provided with your bouquet contains enough to help keep any bacteria at bay.

Bash the stems with a hammer

I cringe whenever I hear this one. This is 100% a myth and a definite no no. By bashing the stems you are actually damaging the stem cells which prevents the flowers from absorbing all the nutrients and water. What you should do with all flowers is use a very sharp knife or scissors and cut the stems at a sharp angle thereby increasing the surface area which helps the flower drink.

Place the flowers in the sun

We all love a bit of sun and warmth. Me in particular! Flowers do too but placing them in sun speeds up the opening time of the flowers which shortens their vase life. Flowers kept in the cool last a lot lot longer. My closest friend keeps her flowers in the front hall and they last at least a month. And I've known customers place the flowers outside in the porch over night and bring them in again during the day. Just not recommended if there is frost in the air!

Remove all the leaves/thorns

This is partially true. It's best to remove all leaves that would end up below the water line in a vase. By doing this you will prevent rotting and extra bacteria in the water. But keep the rest of the leaves and thorns on. The leaves will improve the water uptake and make your bouquet look nicer (with the exception of contemporary designs). If you cut off the thorns you create little wounds which will contaminate the vase water.

Add a penny to the vase of water

Copper does have anti-bacterial properties but copper pennies don't dissolve in water. So adding pennies to the water does not have any positive effects on the vase life of the flowers. Because pennies and other coins contain a lot of bacteria it will actually have a negative effect on the vase life.

Flowers With Passion's care tips

1. Our bouquets generally come in a bubble of water in a box. You can keep your bouquet in the presentation box if you wish but we would recommend only for a couple of days. By then the water level could be very low and it will need replacing with clean fresh water.

2. Use the cut flower food provided with your bouquet. Our sachets contain enough for 1 litre of water. Use a clean vase and clean tap water.

3. Remove the flowers from the box and hold over a sink while you remove the bubble of water. You can keep the rest of the packaging if you wish but we would recommend you remove this too to allow the flowers to breath and air to circulate.

4. Re-cut the stems with a sharp knife or sharp pair of scissors. Cut the stems on an angle. By using blunt scissors you will actually be strangling your flowers! This is because you will be blocking their cells and uptake of water will be restricted.

5. Completely change the water every couple of days and add more flower food. If you don't have any spare in your cupboard please call into the shop and we'll give you more. We care about our flowers!

6. Keep the flowers away from the fruit bowl. Ethylene gas is released by fruit, especially bananas, which in turn ages your flowers at a faster rate.

If you follow these easy rules you should be able to enjoy your flowers for a week or two. Sometimes more!