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Flower Blog Archive - May 2011

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Do You Know, Anthuriums Long Vase Life?

Anthuriums are one of the most popular tropicals with a long vase life of about six weeks and even more depending on the variety and season.

image of Anthurium Anthuriums are herbaceous epiphytes, native to tropical America. Anthurium is a genus of more than 800 species found in the New World tropics from Mexico to northern Argentina and Uruguay. The Anthurium is also known as Painted Tongue, Flamingo Flower (Flamingo Lily) or Tail Flower. Anthuriums are grown for their brightly colored flower spathes and their ornamental leaves.

Kingdom
Plantae
Division
Magnoliophyta
Class
Liliopsida
Order
Alismatales
Family
Araceae
Genus
Anthurium

The red, heart-shaped flower of Anthuriums is really a spathe, or waxy, modified leaf flaring out from the base of a fleshy spike (spadix) where the tiny real flowers grow. The anthurium flowers appear as a roughness on the spadix as compared to a smooth spadix. Most common colors of anthuriums are red and shades of red.

Facts About Anthuriums

  • In Greek, the name Anthurium means tail flower.
  • Anthurium plant stem lengths may grow to a height of 15-20 inches depending on the size of the spathe, i.e.,the bigger the spathe, the longer the stem.
  • The anthurium leaves are usually simple, large, attractively coloured and borne on long stalks.
  • The anthurium flowering stalk is slender, ending in a fleshy column crowded with many unisexual flowers.
  • There are present leafy bracts which may be white, yellow, red, pink, orange or green.
  • Anthuriums are the popular foliage plants.
  • Anthuriums are grown for their attractive flowering bracts which are popular with the cut flower trade.
  • There are 3 broad categories in spathes. They are standard, obake and tulip. Standard is by far the most common shape.
  • Anthuriums, come in a wide variety, including: Flowering, Velvet Leafed, Pendulous or Hanging basket types, Palmate leafed.
  • All parts of the anthurium plant, are poisonous. If ingested, may cause mild stomach disorders.
  • The anthurium plant sap can cause skin irritation.
  • The inflorescence of anthuriums are popular as they have a long shelf life.
  • Titan arum (Amorphophallus titanum), the plant with the largest inflorescence in the world, is an unusual plant in the family Araceae, which has the largest inflorescence among flowering plants.

Birth Month Flowers

JANUARY: CARNATION
Representing pride, beauty, admiration and gratitude, the carnationans multilayered, feathery soft petals conceal a hardy core an appropriate paradox for this first-month-of-the-year flower. Originally from Asia, where theyanve been cultivated for the last 2,000 years, today this winter birth flower is a richly colorful and fragrant gem.

FEBRUARY: IRIS
It should come as no surprise that the irisans three upright petals symbolize faith, valor and wisdom. With its majestic purple hues and soaring slender stem, this dignified and graceful February birth flower dates back to Ancient Greece, when Iris, the messenger of the gods and the personification of the rainbow (the Greek word for Iris), acted as the link between heaven and earth.

MARCH: DAFFODIL
When the bright yellow daffodil pokes through late winterans ground, itans like a long-awaited friend returning home and a birth flower anyone would be proud to call their own. Symbolizing rebirth and new beginnings, particularly when presented in an abundant bouquet, daffodils promise happiness and joy.

APRIL: DAISY
Legend has it that the daisy originated from a nymph who transformed herself into a charming but unassuming wildflower to escape unwanted attention. Epitomizing childlike joy and playfulness, this April birth flower captures the essence of springans happy-go-lucky, forever-young attitude.

MAY: LILY
Lilies were so revered by the ancient Greeks that they believed they sprouted from the milk of Hera, the queen of the gods. Long tied to the Virgin Mary, the white Madonna lily represents virtue, while the lily of the valley conveys sweetness and humility. In the language of flowers, this May birth flower expresses purity of heart, majesty and honor.

JUNE: ROSE
Long a symbol of love and passion, the rose is rich with history and meaning. Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, presented a rose to Eros, and Cleopatra lured Mark Antony with a room knee-deep in rose petals. Though each color offers a distinct meaning an and the number of stems offers a singular message an this June birth flower signifies beauty and perfection.

JULY: DELPHINIUM
With its lush, dolphin-shaped flowers, the aptly named delphinium an or larkspur an symbolizes an open heart and ardent attachment. Also signifying a feeling of lightness and levity, the gentle hues and refreshing fragrance of this summer birth flower give it a refreshing and distinctive natural beauty.

AUGUST: GLADIOLA
Gladiola, the August birth flower, represents strength and moral integrity an not surprising when you consider that its name comes from the Latin word for sword, angladius.an But while its sword-shaped stems may imply Roman gladiators, its romantic flowers are capable of piercing a heart with their beauty an explaining why infatuation is another one of its meanings as well.

SEPTEMBER: ASTER
With their lush texture, rich hues and wildflower beauty, itans easy to see why asters have had a long association with magical powers. In ancient times, it was believed that when aster leaves burned, their perfume could drive away evil. Today, this autumn birth flower is known as a talisman of love and an enduring symbol of elegance.

OCTOBER: MARIGOLD
With their rich, autumn-colored hues, marigolds are the quintessential October birth flower. Early Christians called marigolds Maryans Gold, and placed it by statues of the Virgin Mary. Brilliant and colorful, with a late-harvest warmth and a broad open bloom, marigolds signify affection and grace.

NOVEMBER: CHRYSANTHEMUM
Chrysanthemums, a symbol of the sun, have held many noble positions in ancient cultures. The Japanese consider the orderly unfolding of their petals to represent perfection, and Confucius suggested they be used as an object of meditation. Signifying optimism and happiness, itans said that a single petal of this November birth flower placed at the bottom of a wine glass will encourage a long and healthy life.

DECEMBER: POINSETTIA
Also known as the Christmas flower, legend has it that poinsettias began as a humble weed. When a little girl an with no means for a grander gift an placed weeds on a church alter, they turned into brilliant red blooms. Symbolizing good cheer and merriment, this December birth flower is a fitting tribute to Decemberans joyful celebrations.

source: twoheartstogether

Floristerias en Medellin

Floristerias en Medellin de Flores para Colombia es la floristeria online en Medellin. Con amplia experiencia en arreglos florales y comercio electronico.

Care of Cut Flowers After Receiving as Gift

Image of cutflowers

  • When you receive the flowers as gift, immediately place the stems at an angle of 45 degrees and cut 1 or 2 cm off the stem using a sharp knife.
  • Give the cutflowers clean or tap water and put them in a clean vase adding the correct amount of a preservative such as Chrysal.
  • If flowers appear more dull or limp or too cold on arrival, cut 5 cm off the stem.
  • Wrap the flowers in paper and put them in a cool place to recover for three hours.
  • Remove lower leaves and damaged ones.
  • After 3-4 days, if the flowers show dullness, cut the flowers with a sharp knife under an angle of 25 to 45 degrees. Never use a dull cutter or scissors as it will damage the stem, enabling the flower to take up any water.
  • Add water to the vase containing flowers or flower arrangement every day.
  • Put the flowers making an arrangement with vases. Vases are ideal for flowers as we can see the water level, and also cleaning the glass is easy.
  • Never mix fresh flowers with older flowers, as fresh flowers will be poisoned by stale water and bacteria.
  • While using leaf shine products, Keep them at a proper distance and spray very thinly.
  • Some flowers will grow 10-20 cm in the vase. Bear in mind the type of flowers you are making as an arrangement, as that can disturbs the design of the arrangement. Sometimes they get caught in the frame or construction and can not be opened sufficiently.
  • Keep the flowers away, developing slimy stems, as it causes the growth of bacteria in the water. Stems will become soft and rot away, e.g. Zantedeschia.

General Tips on Cut flower Care

  • Do not place the spring flowers in direct Sunlight.
  • Place the spring flowers away from fruit. Fruit gives off a natural gas that harms flowers.
  • If flowers starts to wilt, cut the stems an inch under cold running water, to remove air bubbles.

Care of Cut Flowers in an Arrangement

  • Do not overcrowd the flowers in the container.
  • Check the water level in the vase and replenish it frequently.
  • Flowers that go limp and not drinking well need to be recut.
  • Always discard wilted blooms.
  • Keep flowers away from drafts, direct sunlight, and ripening fruits, which emit ethylene gas, a substance that causes buds to remain closed, petals to have poor color, and flowers to have a shortened vase life.

Send Mother's Day Flowers

Mother's Day is still the biggest flower-buying day in the year in Britain: each year sales increase by an average of 70% on a normal day's trading.

Send Mother's Day Flowers The tradition of sending flowers on Mothers Day began with the sending of carnations on the first official Mother's Day service on May 10, 1908. Miss Anna Jarvis sent 500 white carnations to the Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church, in Grafton, West Virginia. The flowers were meant to be distributed amongst the mothers. Miss Anna Jarvis continued with the tradition of sending carnation flowers to the Andrews Church. She sent over 10,000 carnations in the subsequent years.

The most common flowers for sending mother on the Mothers Day are thus white carnations. A bouquet of mature blooming roses also serve the great cause of thanking the mother for all her love and care. Spring flowers like tulips, scented narcissi and daffodils are also the favorite flowers for sending on Mother'S Day.

Still there is no rigid rule as to what flowers are are to be gifted on the Mothers Day. You can choose any flower for your mother, probably considering her personal likes and dislikes. Further, it is better if you are aware of the flower meanings so that you can choose the appropriate flower for your mother.

The Flower Expert has made an effort to compile the list of the popular online florists who specialise in flower delivery in specific countries across the world. Also, we have introduced The Flower Expert Shop through which we can deliver flowers to more than 80 countries. Select the country you want the flowers to be delivered:

Floristerias en Medellin

Floristerias en Medellin de Flores para Colombia es la floristeria online en Medellin. Con amplia experiencia en arreglos florales y comercio electronico. http://www.floresparacolombia.com/flores-medellin.htm Compre en linea ahora, recibimos todas las tarjetas credito y debito de cualquier pais. Contamos con floristerias en El Poblado, Laureles, Centro, Envigado, Bello e Itagui para atender Medellin y el Valle de Aburra. Tambien atendemos en Sabaneta, La Estrella y San Antonio de Prado. Dias de atencion: Lunes a Domingo Horario de atencion: 24 horas on line Horarios de entrega: Durante el dia, en casos especiales en la noche.

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