Starting with a
quality floral product from Puyallup Valley Flower is only the beginning. Here
are some handling tips that guarantee your
customer will enjoy the flowers you provide. We cover daffodils, tulips,
iris, fuchsias, ivy
geraniums, supertunias and euro
Daffodils, tulips and iris are very similar in
Put the flowers in a cooler. The
ideal temperature will be 35 to 39 degrees. If at all possible,
separate flowers from your produce and dairy products. Both
produce and dairy products emit gases that are harmful to
flowers. They will age quicker.
Keep flowers in their delivery boxes and
leave the cellophane wrappers on.
If you will display your flowers, leave
them in their cellophane wrappers. Cut the bottoms 1/2 to 1 inch
from the ends.
Always use cool, clean water in a sterile
To open daffodils quicker, put them in
Tulips require special care. Plan on
providing twice the water required of most cut flowers. Put a
few pennies in the vase; the copper kills bacteria that would
otherwise be absorbed by these thirsty plants.
Tulips are rubbery until they are put in a
vase with water. Then they become rigid with their huge intake
of water. They will take the shape they are in when they start
drawing water. If they start droopy, they'll stay that
way. The cellophane wrapper keeps them upright. Keep them in
their cellophane wrapper for a couple hours before taking it off,
unless you like the droopy look.
Keep tulips out of direct
Mixing tulips and daffodils is natural, but
requires special care. Put the daffodils in water first.
Do not mix tulips and daffodils until the daffodils have been in the
vase at least 4 hours. Daffodils secrete a milky substance that
is poisonous to the tulips.
tips for supertunias, geraniums and fuchsias are very similar.
All like sunshine, but supertunias and fuchsias cannot tolerate the
draught conditions of the harsh afternoon sun. Geraniums thrive on
strong, bright sun. Supertunias are by far the most thirsty of the
three plants. If you decide to put them in bright light, plan on
watering twice on hot summer days. All three like to be fertilized a
couple times a month while they are flowering.
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CARE INSTRUCTIONS FOR CUT TULIPS
CUT TULIPS NEED TO BE HYDRATED BEFORE
CUT 1/4 TO 1/2 INCH (CAN BE MORE) FROM
STEMS AND PLACE IN COOL WATER
DO NOT REMOVE THE CELLOPHANE WRAP FOR
3 HOURS. THIS LETS THE TULIPS BECOME HYDRATED IN AN UPRIGHT
POSITION. IT IS ALSO HELPFUL TO PUT 5 OR 6 PENNIES IN EACH VASE.
AFTER 3 HOURS OR MORE, TAKE THE
CELLOPHANE WRAP OFF THE TULIPS AND ENJOY.
TULIPS WILL DRINK A LOT OF WATER, SO
IT IS IMPORTANT TO CHECK THE WATER IN THE VASE DAILY. WITHOUT
WATER TULIPS WILL WILT QUICKLY.
Fuschias like a bright lighted area but not
direct sun. A little early morning or late evening sun is OK, but the hot
mid-day should be avoided. They need to be keep moist but not wet. It is
OK to water heavy if they have gotten a little dry, but then let them
drain so air can again get to the roots. They need both air and water for
the roots to do well. You cannot have a healthy plant without
healthy roots. Let the plant get so dry that the planting mix
shrinks and pulls away from the side of the basket. If fuchsias are
stressed by being too dry or too wet they will not flower very well. It will
take 2 to 3 weeks of good care to get back into good flowering. It is
recommended to water with a soluble fertilizer about every 3rd or 4th
watering. A Peters 20-20-20 general purpose or equivalent is recommended.
It is also good for one of the waterings without fertilizer to water heavy
enough to flush the basket. This could be done once every other time you
water with fertilizer. If the plants are watered only small amounts each
time and the water does not drain through the basket it can get a salt
build up from the fertilizer. This can harm the plants. It is recommended to buy a
place Fuchsias where there is a constant breeze. (For example, in an area
where the wind sweeps around the house.)
It is recommended to fertilize
Ivy Geraniums every 4th or 5th time of watering. You should use a
Peters 15-15-15 Geranium Special fertilizer. Geraniums should be keep
moist at all times. It is best to water Ivy Geraniums
in the morning and not the hot part of the day or at night. However, if you
find them very dry it is better to give them a small amount of water
instead of waiting until the next morning. When Ivy Geraniums get very
thirsty and are given too much water they drink too fast. That ruptures the
cells in the leaves. This will heal, but leaves scabs where the
cells broke. It looks bad, but is not a disease and will not spread to
others areas. It is good to flush baskets of Ivy Geraniums the same way
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like the direct sun or a very bright area.
These plants do well by a lake or swimming pool in the direct sun, or
even in a hot parking lot. Supertunias are very fast growing and get
quite large. It is important to not let the plants dry out. If allowed to
get dry they will start to drop leaves at the base of the stem. The more
times they get dry the more leaves they drop. These plants are heavy
feeders and should be fertilized with Peters 20-20-20 General Purpose
every 3rd or 4th watering. They should be flushed the same as the Fuchsias
from time to time to prevent salt build ups. If these plants get too big
for where you have them you can very easily cut the end back as far as you
like and they will branch and keep growing.
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Sun Baskets are a mixed basket with 6 to 9 different plants in one
basket that all love and thrive on direct sun. Given proper care these baskets
will get huge by the end of the summer. Fertilize the same
way you would a Fuchsia; do not let them dry out and do not keep to wet.
Remember, overwatering once in a while is OK to flush the plants. In hot
weather these plants will need watering every day. If they are fairly dry
when it is time to water each morning it is OK to water heavy until the
water runs through the basket. The plant mix is designed to forgive over
watering and in a couple of hours air will be to the roots and the plant
will be just right. BUT if you water too much during a damp cool rainy time
the plants are not using as much water. The soil will be too wet for a longer time
and will rot the roots or cause root diseases.
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