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How to Select Fresh-cut Flowers

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Careful selection is key.  Get the healthiest, freshest bunch possible by taking a peek at the stems.  Consider how clean and fresh the cut is, and the color of the stems near the cut: are the stems black?  If so, pass.  Are the stem bottoms clogged with white gooey stuff?  Pass.  Is the bucket-water cloudy or dark?  If yes, you may want to look for a vendor that takes better care of their merchandise or at least find a bucket with clean water.  While you’re checking your stems, be careful not to drip water on the tops of other bouquets, because this encourages disease.

Now inspect the health and quality of the foliage and flowers.  If you see black or grey slimy spots, pass!!  In fact, I recommend choosing from an entirely different bucket. The black spots are a fungus that spreads like wildfire and is very common problem caused by moisture on the leaves.  (Careless customers or vendors that allow water to fall onto the leaves of the bouquets are usually the culprit.)  Don’t think you can simply remove the offending foilage because the disease has usually spread beyond your sight and you’ll likely find afflicted areas tomorrow that you thought were okay today.  I honestly think this is the most common problem I see at big box stores, and local grocers.

Many tropicals, protea, orchids, chrysanthemum and “Peruvian lilies” or alstromeria are among the longest lasting of cut flowers.  If those are available to choose from, I would go straight for those.  Look for netted socks around the mums (this protects them during shipment) and look for orchid and tropical stems to be individually packaged in water vials.  For tropicals, keep the display area humid by misting your flowers early each morning because too dry of air will hasten senescence.  Most South American roses will be open and spongey and fresh, so looking for only tight hard roses isn’t always necessary, it really depends on the variety and source.  Personally, I pass on roses unless they are grown organically.  Peonies should be tight, almost closed, if you expect to get decent shelf-life from them.  Tulips are easy to pick : if they are squeeky and the bottom stems are clean, they are prime.

Online Flower Delivery Services

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

When you send flowers and other gifts to someone you care about, there is a particular message you want to get across. Sometimes it is an intimate message, such as sending flowers to someone you love for their birthday or to your daughter when she graduates college. In other times it is a professional message, such as delivering an elegant bouquet and a bottle of wine to a special client you want to impress. Follow are several things you should know about online flower delivery service

The online flower delivery service is a feasible option of sending across flowers to anywhere. You can send flowers to India by booking for them online and the delivery will take place in 7-10 working days.

While booking them online you need not compromise on your selection and you can get your desired combination of flowers. While making your choice you can avail the buying guides of these online delivery services.

These online florists suggest the right combination of flowers to be gifted for a particular occasion. You can go for seasonal flowers when they are available, roses are all time favorites; orchids are trendy and have an extended shelf life. The lilies are a viable option and are a symbol of beauty and grace. Thus you can avail host of options and variety and can choose the ones you want to send.

It is also important to match the flowers with the occasion and the person you are gifting. On occasions like weddings, you can go for bright colored flowers with unique aroma, for anniversaries you can go for roses. You can get unique flowers available with the online florists, suiting the person’s personality to whom you want to gift.

The online florist can be based anywhere in the world and they can offer flowers across the globe. Like wild flowers are available in certain parts of America, if you book flowers from there you can get those flowers and make your gift exclusive.

Online Florist is the best way to send flowers online. Online booking of flowers is simple and easy to use. You can book from anywhere you want and at any time that suits you. Thus you need not rush to the florist the last minute you decide to gift flowers. You cannot even hoard them as they have a limited shelf life. Hence booking them online is the most viable option as it lets you choose what you want with ease and send them across to your loved ones.