Wild Flower Availability

By shop front
on 21 August, 2019

Seeing all the wattle out made me realise it's not always easy to find information on what wildflowers are available at any given time of the year.  So here is a rough guide for wildflower lovers.  This seasonal list is a guide only and the availability is always going to be weather dependent -

January - flannel flower, backhousia, banksia baxteri, Christmas bells (blandfordia), Christmas bush, flowering gum, grevillea, mountain daisy, repens, scholtzia, verticordia, gymea leaves, gum foliage, forest lace

Februarybanksia baxteri, banksia menziesii, flowering gum, grevillea, mountain daisy, leucadendron safari sunset, protea pink ice, repens, scholtzia, verticordia, gymea leaves, gum foliage, forest lace

Marchbanksia baxteri, banksia menziesii, grevillea, mountain daisy, leucadendron safari sunset, protea grandicolour, protea pink ice, repens, koala fern, gymea leaves, gum foliage, forest lace

April - banksia 'Giant Candles', banksia hookeriana, banksia menziesii, silver banksia, grevillea, leucadendron safari sunset, protea grandicolour, protea pink ice, repens, koala fern, gymea leaves, gum foliage, forest lace

May - dryandra, banksia 'Giant Candles', banksia coccinea, banksia hookeriana, banksia menziesii, silver banksia, grevillea, leucadendron safari sunset, protea grandicolour, protea pink ice, repens, blushing bride, thryptomene, koala fern, gymea leaves, gum foliage, forest lace

June - dryandra, banksia 'Giant Candles', banksia coquina, banksia hookeriana, banksia menziesii, silver banksia, berzelia, waxbud, leucadendron safari sunset, kangaroo paw, protea pink ice, repens, straw flower, blushing bride, snow balls, thryptomene, koala fern, gymea leaves, gum foliage, forest lace.

July - dryandra, banksia 'Giant Candles', banksia coquina, banksia hookeriana, banksia menziesii, berzelia, waxed, smoke bush, gymea lily, yellow bells, pincushion, kangaroo paw, rice flower, king protea, protea pink ice, repens, straw flower, blushing bride, snow balls, thryptomene, koala fern, gymea leaves, gum foliage, forest lace

August - wattle, flannel flower, kangaroo paw, banksia 'Giant Candles', banksia coccinea, banksia hookeriana, banksia menziesii, berzelia, waxed, wax flower, smoke bush, gymea lily, yellow bells, leucadendron safari sunset, leucadendron pisa, leucadendron conebush, pincushion, straw flower, kangaroo paw, rice flower, protea grandicolour, king protea, protea pink ice, blushing bride, snow balls, thryptomene, koala fern, gymea leaves, gum foliage, forest lace

September - wattle, flannel flower, kangaroo paw, dryandra, banksia 'Giant Candles', banksia coccinea, banksia hookeriana, banksia menziesii, berzelia, boronia, wax flower, smoke bush, gymea lily, eriostemon, teatree, leucadendron safari sunset, leucadendron pisa, leucadendron cone bush, pincushion, kangaroo paw, rice flower, straw flower, protea grandicolour, king protea, pink ice protea, blushing bride, snow balls, waratah, thryptomene, koala fern, gymea leaves, gum foliage, forest lace

October - flannel flower, kangaroo paw, backhousia, berzelia, Christmas bells (blandfordia), boronia, wax flower, smoke bush, golden cascade, eriostemon, mountain daisy, teatree, straw flower, leucadendron safari sunset, leucadendron pisa, leucadendron cone bush, pincushion, kangaroo paw, rice flower, protea grandicolour, king protea, blushing bride, snow balls, waratah, koala fern, gymea leaves, gum foliage, forest lace

November - flannel flower, kangaroo paw, backhousia, banksia baxteri, Christmas bells (blandfordia), Christmas bush, smoke bush, golden cascade, eriostemon, flowering gum, grevillea, mountain daisy, leucadendron safari sunset, leucadendron pisa, leucadendron cone bush, pincushion, kangaroo paw, rice flower, protea grandicolour, king protea, scholtzia, verticordia, koala fern, gymea leaves, gum foliage, forest lace

December - flannel flower, kangaroo paw, backhousia, banksia baxteri, Christmas bells (blandfordia), Christmas bush, smoke bush, flowering gum, grevillea, mountain daisy, leucadendron safari sunset, leucadendron cone bush, pincushion, rice flower, king protea, scholtzia, verticordia, gymea leaves, gum foliage, forest lace

August Flower Availability

By shop front
on 03 August, 2019

There's been a lovely range of flowers available already as we inch closer to Spring in August - poppies, sweet pea, daffodils, earlicheer, jonquils, freesias, hyacinth, tulips and iris have all been beautiful.

Ranunculus started towards the end of last month and are still coming in a variety of beautiful colours and of high quality. Lavender also started at the end of July and continues to be lovely.

We have been getting locally grown roses, although the colour range and numbers have been limited.  For any big orders, we have had to top up with imports.  All the roses have had beautiful large heads and lovely quality.

Blue butterfly delphinium has been the only delphinium available, in royal blue, light blue and white.  Snap dragons and stock have also been easily available and beautiful.  Lily of the valley and hydrangea haven't started yet. 

Orchids, oriental lilies, asiatic lilies, longiflorum lilies, carnations, alstromeria and chrysanthemum have been available. 

Local cymbidium orchids have been absolutely fantastic, in a very lovely colour range.

Gymea lilies have still been available this month and have been absolutely stunning.  Sea holly, blushing bride, banksias (coccinea, hookerania and menziesii), beautiful red and green leacadendron, berzillea and gumnuts have been available. Red wax bud and pink/ white wax flower have both been available and smell lovely.  Pink boronia has started. Proteas have been available and the colours of the Straw flower have been simply stunning.

Pink and white blossom branches has been available this month. Only some imported lisianthus and hypericum have been available.

Flowers that are usually available in August (and their colour range) are -

Alstromeria (white, pink, green, red, yellow, orange)

Anthirium (white, salmon, pink, lime, red)

Asiatic Lilies (white, pink, orange, yellow, red)

Blossom (white, pink)

Birds of Paradise (orange/purple)

Banksia (various varieties in green, red, yellow, orange, brown, silver)

Blushing Bride (white, pink)

Chrysanthemum (various varieties - white, pink, red, green, yellow, lilac, orange)

Cymbidium Orchid (white, pink, orange, red, yellow, green)

Daisy (yellow/white)

Delphinium (butterfly or hybrid - white, blue, purple)

Daffodil (yellow)

Forget-Me-Not (Blue)

Freesia (white, pink, red, yellow, purple)

Gardenia (white)

Gerbera (white, pink, orange, yellow, red)

Gladiolus (white, purple, green, pink, yellow, red, orange)

Geraldon Wax (white, pink)

Goddess Lily (green)

Heliconia (red, orange, yellow)

Helleborus (green, purple)

Hyacinths (white, pink, purple)

Jonquil (white, yellow)

Iris (blue, purple, white, yellow)

Kangaroo Paw (pink, green, red/green, black/green, yellow, orange, red)

Lavender (purple)

Leucadendron (green, red, yellow)

Leucospernum (orange, red, yellow)

Lisianthus (white, pink, purple)

Love-in-the-Mist (blue)

Lotus (pods green, flowers pink, white)

Dusty Miller foliage

Minature Roses (white, pink, yellow, orange, red, cream)

Mini Gerbera (white, red, orange, yellow, lemon, pink)

November Lily (white)

Oriental Lily (white, pink)

Phalaenopsis Orchid (white, lemon, green, pink)

Poppy (red, orange, yellow, pink, white)

Roses (white, pinks, lavender, mauve, cream, orange, red, peach, yellow, lemon)

Singapore Orchid (white, green, pink, purple, red, yellow)

Statice (white, purple)

Sunflower (yellow, brown)

Snap Dragon (white, pink, orange, burgundy)

Sweet Pea (white, pinks, purples)

Stock (white, purple, cream, pink)

Tuberose (white)

Tulip (white, cream, pink, orange, yellow, red, purple)

Vanda Orchid (pink, red, orange, purple, yellow)

Waratah (red, white, green)

July Flower Availability

By shop front
on 10 July, 2019

Poppies, freesias, hyacinth, lavender, tulips and iris have all been around in July.  We have also had daffodils and plenty of earlicheer jonquils. Ranunculas are just starting out but have so far been lovely.

Dahlias are sadly coming to an end for the season.

Roses have been readily available, with imports in a new range of colours making up the shortfall of local production. Blue butterfly delphinium has been the only delphinium available, in both darker blue and lighter blue.  Snap dragons and stock have also been beautiful.

Arabs eye, daphne, violets or lily of the valley are not yet available.

Malucca balm, pepper berry, amaranth and hypericum have been available. Orchids, oriental lilies, asiatic lilies, longiflorum lilies, carnations, alstromeria, chrysanthemum, gladioli and sunflowers have been available. 

Local cymbidium orchids have been fantastic, in a very lovely colour range. 

Blushing bride, erica, banksias (coccinea, hookerania and menziesii), beautiful red and green leacadendron, tetra nuts and gumnuts have been available. Red wax bud and wax flower have both been available.  Proteas have been available in a beautiful range of varieties, although not in great numbers.

Gymea lilies are available this month. Beautiful blossom branches started this month.  Magnolia bud branches are also available.  There has been no lisianthus.

Flowers that are usually available in July (and their colour range) are listed below -

Alstromeria (white, pink, green, red, yellow, orange)

Anthirium (white, salmon, pink, lime, red)

Asiatic Lilies (white, pink, orange, yellow, red)

Blossom (white, pink)

Bouvardia (red, white, pink)

Birds of Paradise (orange/purple)

Banksia (various varieties in green, red, yellow, orange, brown, silver)

Blushing Bride (white, pink)

Chrysanthemum (various varieties - white, pink, red, green, yellow, lilac, orange)

Cymbidium Orchid (white, pink, orange, red, yellow, green)

Daisy (yellow/white)

Delphinium (butterfly or hybrid - white, blue, purple)

Daffodil (yellow)

Forget-Me-Not (Blue)

Freesia (white, pink, red, yellow, purple)

Gerbera (white, pink, orange, yellow, red)

Gladiolus (white, purple, green, pink, yellow, red, orange)

Geraldon Wax (white, pink)

Goddess Lily (green)

Gymea Lily (red)

Heliconia (red, orange, yellow)

Hyacinths (white, pink, purple)

Hypericum (red, peach)

Iris (blue, purple, white, yellow)

Jonquil (white, yellow)

Kangaroo Paw (pink, green, red/green, black/green, yellow, orange, red)

Lavender (purple)

Leucadendron (green, red, yellow)

Love-in-the-Mist (blue)

Lotus (pods green, flowers pink, white)

Dusty Miller foliage

Minature Roses (white, pink, yellow, orange, red, cream)

Mini Gerbera (white, red, orange, yellow, lemon, pink)

November Lily (white)

Oriental Lily (white, pink)

Phalaenopsis Orchid (white, lemon, green, pink)

Poppy (red, orange, yellow, pink, white)

Roses (white, pinks, lavender, mauve, cream, orange, red, peach, yellow, lemon)

Scabiosa

Singapore Orchid (white, green, pink, purple, red, yellow)

Statice (white, purple)

Sunflower (yellow, brown)

Snap Dragon (white, pink, orange, burgundy)

Sweet Pea (white, pinks, purples)

Stock (white, purple, cream, pink)

Tulip (white, cream, pink, orange, yellow, red, purple)

Vanda Orchid (pink, red, orange, purple, yellow)

April Flower Availability

By Skye Andriske
on 02 May, 2019

All the winter lines are now available with plenty of tulips, iris, freesia and hyacinths around.  Have not yet seen local ranunculus or anemone.

Roses are beautiful with a full colour range available.  They look lovely in the weddings.

David Austin roses have been stunning in the first half of this month and we had some lovely roses for weddings.  The supply has been a little patchy though, and some weeks it has been harder to source the David Austins than others, and the adverse weather will make them hard to find in this last week of April.

Lisianthus is available and has been beautiful.

Dahlias and Gloriosa lilies were the highlight of this month but the Gloriosa finished mid month and the dahlias have become scarce by the end of the month.  There has been a beautiful colour range in the dahlias pinks, burgundies, yellows and whites with a great range in head sizes.

Only imported callas have been available, and not a great range of colours.  White arums have been scarce, with the crop not yet in full swing. Hydrangeas have finished.

Snaps are still available. Hybrid delphinium was available at the beginning of April (mainly in purple and white) but has now finished.  Blue butterfly delphinium has been available for the second two weeks of the month. Stock is just starting now.   Babies breath has been readily available. Stephanotis has finished.

Birds of paradise are available. Carnations, including green trick, have been available.  Marguerite daisies have been available.

Orchids, lilies and gerberas are readily available. 

Sea holly, banksias (2-3 types) and leucadendron are available.  Kings proteas have been available, as have pink ice and grandicolour protea.  There is no wax flower, no blushing bride, very few flannel flower and the like.

Privet berries has been available changing from green to black over the month.  Snow berry was around in early April but finished by the end of April.  Hanging amaranth has started. Peris has been available, but hard to get.  Lotus pods are becoming more scarce and only found a few.  There are some browned pods around.

Flowers generally available in April include -

Alstromeria (white, pink, green, red, yellow, orange)
Amaranthus (green, red)
Anthirium (white, salmon, pink, lime, red)
Asiatic Lilies (white, pink, orange, yellow, red)
Aster (white, pink, purple, red)
Bouvardia (red, white, pink)
Birds of Paradise (orange/purple)
Banksia (various varieties in green, red, yellow, orange, brown, silver)
Celosia (various varieties - red, orange, yellow)
Chrysanthemum (various varieties - white, pink, red, green, yellow, lilac, orange)
Dahlia (white, pink, red, yellow, orange)
Daisy (yellow/white)
David Austin Roses (white, ivory, cream, pinks, reds)
Delphinium (butterfly or hybrid - white, blue, purple)
Freesia (white, pink, red, yellow, purple)
Grevillea (yellow, red, pink, orange)
Heliconia (red, orange, yellow)
Hydrangea (green, pink, purple, blue)
Jasmine (white/pink)
Hyacinths (white, pink, purple)
Iris (blue, purple, white, yellow)
Kangaroo Paw (pink, green, red/green, black/green, yellow, orange, red)
Lavender (purple)
Leucadendron (green, red, yellow)
Lisianthus (white, pink, purple)
Lotus (pods green, flowers pink, white)
Dusty Miller foliage
Minature Roses (white, pink, yellow, orange, red, cream)
Mini Gerbera (white, red, orange, yellow, lemon, pink)
Nerine (pink, orange)
November Lily (white)
Oriental Lily (white, pink)
Phalaenopsis Orchid (white, lemon, green, pink)
Protea (various varieties - pink, white, red)
Roses (white, pinks, lavender, mauve, cream, orange, red, peach, yellow, lemon)
Siam Tulip (white/lime, pinks)
Singapore Orchid (white, green, pink, purple, red, yellow)
Statice (white, purple)
Sunflower (yellow, brown)
Snap Dragon (white, pink, orange, burgundy)
Stock (white, purple, cream, pink)
Tulip (white, cream, pink, orange, yellow, red, purple)
Vanda Orchid (pink, red, orange, purple, yellow)

:)

February Flower Availability 2019

By Skye Andriske
on 14 March, 2019

There is one thing that must be available on 14 February and that is red roses.  That also means that for the rest of the month red roses are rare and expensive.  Its rare beforehand as growers have cut back their rose bushes and trying to time the flowering in time for Valentine's Day, and rare afterwards as they pick their crops so hard to get the numbers up.

Roses in other colours have been readily available but with price increases leading up to the big day.  David Austins were available for some of February, but the hot weather has spoilt some crops.  There was a lovely range of mini roses available.

Lisianthus were beautiful and abundant, and a good flower choice for the hot weather.  The dahlias were lovely, in pinks, magentas, whites, oranges and yellows.  Hydrangea was hard to get.

Singapore orchids are still available.  The phalaenopsis have been stunning, with a lovely colour range.  Local cymbidium have finished but imported cymbidium orchids are around.

Blue and purple delphinium has been thin on the ground (particularly the light blue), but the hybrid whites have been plentiful. 

Callas have been available in burgundy, oranges, yellows and creams. We are getting carnations, alstromeria, gerbera, chrysanthemum, babies breath and asters.

Bird of paradise started back this month, and plenty of gladioli just in time for Chinese New Year.

Flowering gum has been lovely this month. Proteas, banksias, repens, leucadendrons, grevillea, brunei and straw flowers have also been available.

Lilies (oriental, asiatics) have been plentiful at market.  We are not recommending oriental lilies for wedding bouquet in February as oriental lilies do not like temperatures over 30 degrees. They are fine for table arrangements in air-conditioned function rooms, or in a cool place in your home.  Asiatics are a bit better in the heat, although still not the best choice - lisianthus or orchids are a safer bet for a hot day.

Flowers generally available in February are -

Agapanthus (purple, white)
Alstromeria (white, pink, green, red, yellow, orange)
Amaranthus (green, red)
Anthirium (white, salmon, pink, lime, red)
Asiatic Lilies (white, pink, orange, yellow, red)
Bouvardia (red, white, pink)
Birds of Paradise (orange/purple)
Banksia (various varieties in green, red, yellow, orange, brown, silver)
Celosia (various varieties - red, orange, yellow)
Chrysanthemum (various varieties - white, pink, red, green, yellow, lilac, orange)
Dahlia (white, pink, red, yellow, orange)
David Austin Roses (white, ivory, cream, pinks, reds)
Delphinium (butterfly or hybrid - white, blue, purple)
Daisy (yellow/white)
Freesia (white, pink, red, yellow, purple)
Frangipani (white/yellow, pink/orange)
Gloriosa (red/yellow)
Ginger Flowers (red, yellow, orange)
Gerbera (white, pink, orange, yellow, red)
Gladiolus (white, purple, green, pink, yellow, red, orange)
Gloxinia (pink, purple)
Grevillea (yellow, red, pink, orange)
Heliconia (red, orange, yellow)
Hydrangea (green, pink, purple, blue)
Jasmine (white/pink)
Kangaroo Paw (pink, green, red/green, black/green, yellow, orange, red)
Larkspur (white, pink, purple)
Lavender (purple)
Leucadendron (green, red, yellow)
Leucospernum (orange, red, yellow)
Lisianthus (white, pink, purple)
Lotus (pods green, flowers pink, white)
Dusty Miller foliage
Minature Roses (white, pink, yellow, orange, red, cream)
Mini Gerbera (white, red, orange, yellow, lemon, pink)
November Lily (white)
Oriental Lily (white, pink)
Phalaenopsis Orchid (white, lemon, green, pink)
Protea (various varieties - pink, white, red)
Red Hot Pokers (red/orange)
Roses (white, pinks, lavender, mauve, cream, orange, red, peach, yellow, lemon)
Siam Tulip (white/lime, pinks)
Stephanotis (white)
Singapore Orchid (white, green, pink, purple, red, yellow)
Statice (white, purple)
Sunflower (yellow, brown)
Snap Dragon (white, pink, orange, burgundy)
Tuberose (white)
Vanda Orchid (pink, red, orange, purple, yellow)
Waterlily (white, pink, yellow, purple)

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Flower Availability- DECEMBER

By Skye Andriske
on 22 January, 2019

At the beginning of December we have continued to have beautiful peonies from our Australian flower growers, and Davids Austin roses have been readily available this month.

Roses in general have been abundant and beautiful.

Lisianthus are now in full swing, as are locally grown calla lilies.

Lilies have been readily available.  Christmas lilies are lovely and available.

Singapore orchids are still available.  The phalaenopsis have been stunning, with a lovely colour range.  Local cymbidium have finished but imported cymbidium orchids are around.

We continue to have very beautiful hydrangea in pinks, blues and white.

Christmas bells, king protea (albeit a bit scarce), leaucadendron, banksia, pincushions, wax flower, tetra nuts, thrypomene, verticordia, flannel flowers, Christmas bush and kangaroo paw has been available. Flowering gum started this month. Standard eucalyptus foliage has been a little soft with new growth this month.

Australian Native Flowers make a nice Christmas gift

Delphinium and snap dragons have been beautiful.  Stock finished & lavender has been hard to get.

Carnations, alstromeria, babies breath, gerbera and chrysanthemum have been around.

Gloriosa lilies have been beautiful.

The Christmas foliages - spruce and holly have been available.  Bruneii has been available all month. Hypericum (imported) has been available.

Vibernum, magnolia and camellia have been a little soft but readily available.

Flowers usually available in December (and the colours they come in) are

Agapanthus (purple, white)
Allium (purple)
Alstromeria (white, pink, green, red, yellow, orange)
Anthirium (white, salmon, pink, lime, red)
Artichoke (bud - green, flower - purple)
Asiatic Lilies (white, pink, orange, yellow, red)
Bouvardia (red, white, pink)
Banksia (various varieties in green, red, yellow, orange, brown, silver)
Calla Lily (white, black, purple, pink, red, orange, yellow)
Chrysanthemum (various varieties - white, pink, red, green, yellow, lilac, orange)
Dahlia (white, pink, red, yellow, orange)
Daisy (yellow/white)
David Austin Roses (white, ivory, cream, pinks, reds)
Delphinium (butterfly or hybrid - white, blue, purple)
Frangipani (white/yellow, pink/orange)
Flannel Flower (white)
Gloriosa (red/yellow)
Ginger Flowers (red, yellow, orange)
Gerbera (white, pink, orange, yellow, red)
Gladiolus (white, purple, green, pink, yellow, red, orange)
Gloxinia (pink, purple)
Heliconia (red, orange, yellow)
Hydrangea (green, pink, purple, blue)
Jasmine (white/pink)
Kangaroo Paw (pink, green, red/green, black/green, yellow, orange, red)
Larkspur (white, pink, purple)
Lavender (purple)
Leucadendron (green, red, yellow)
Leucospernum (orange, red, yellow)
Lisianthus (white, pink, purple)
Lotus (pods green, flowers pink, white)
Dusty Miller foliage
Minature Roses (white, pink, yellow, orange, red, cream)
Mini Gerbera (white, red, orange, yellow, lemon, pink)
November Lily (white)
Oriental Lily (white, pink)
Phalaenopsis Orchid (white, lemon, green, pink)
Queen Anne’s Lace (white)
Roses (white, pinks, lavender, mauve, cream, orange, red, peach, yellow, lemon)
Stephanotis (white)
Singapore Orchid (white, green, pink, purple, red, yellow)
Statice (white, purple)
Sunflower (yellow, brown)
Snap Dragon (white, pink, orange, burgundy)
Sweet Pea (white, pinks, purples)
Tuberose (white)
Vanda Orchid (pink, red, orange, purple, yellow)
Waterlily (white, pink, yellow, purple)

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PLANT AND CUT FLOWER CARE

By shop front
on 31 July, 2018

Let's face it, flowers aren't the hardest things to take care of, but they do need your attention from time to time so we've compiled a quick and easy little guide on how to care for our products. If you have any questions that aren't answered below, feel free to contact us at the store.

 

CUT FLOWER BOUQUETS

The best tip we can give you to get your flowers lasting as long as they can is that they do best in clean water. If the water is getting low or dirty, change it out with fresh, cold water. We provide fresh cut flower food sachets with our bouquets to help keep your vase water clean and give your cut flowers a nutrients boost. Just add 1 sachet to you vase with clean, cold water and trim your flower stems (about 1cm off the bottom will do it) and that's it.

 

ARRANGEMENTS

Our arrangements are either in floral foam or water, which helps keep the flowers hydrated. For arrangements in foam, add 1/2 cup of water every other day as needed. For arrangements in water, check the water level with your finger. If the water is getting low, top it up.

 

SUCCULENTS

For potted succulents, water them until the soil is moist, and then leave them be until the soil is dry. Succulents are little water "succers," so even when the soil is dry, they'll be drinking water stored in their leaves.

Although succulents love to be in the sun, they can still thrive in the shadows. The main thing is to avoid over-watering. Pools of water can cause rot to settle in. The general rule is about 1/4 cup of water once a week, but if you forget or lose track, let them dry. Drying your succulents out serves you better than drowning them because it kills them slower and at Poetry we do not condone the pre-meditated murder of plants or flowers. 

 

PLANTED TERRARIUMS

Terrariums are like tiny universes. There's something fascinating and beautiful about them. Terrarium care might seem daunting, but there's no reason to be worried - with a few easy steps, you'll get your terrarium happy.

Small plant babies are going to eventually outgrow their terrarium enclosure, so keep in mind that you'll eventually need to transplant. Most terrarium plants like medium-bright filtered light but they will burn if they get too much direct sun. Allow the top inch or so of the soil to go dry between waterings, and water at the base of each plant using your watering can or spray bottle. Between waterings, feel free to give your terrarium a quick spray with your mister to promote a humid environment.

Crispy brown or wilted leaves? It's time to water. Mushy stems or lots of yellow? You're watering too much.

 

SUCCULENT TERRARIUMS

Succulents are an easy choice for terrariums because succulents are typically comfortable not receiving too much water, and don't need much root space to thrive, making them perfect for small enclosures. Plus, many species stay small and compact, allowing them to live for years in a terrarium without transplanting.

To keep your succulents thriving position them in partial-to-full sunlight, check the soil with your finger to see if there is any moisture. If it's dry, add 1/2 cup of water to the centre; if it's moist, leave it be. If you're noticing pools of water forming, you're over-watering! We don't want our mini gardens to drown, so let the terrarium dry out completely before watering again.

 

BOTTLE GARDENS

The garden will thrive best in partial-to-full light but not direct sunlight so near a window with morning sun and light all day is perfect..

-The lid traps moisture, so only water when the plants look withered or droopy. Closed bottles can go months without needing more water!!

-If you spot gnats, there’s too much moisture. Remove the lid and let the soil air out for a couple of days. If they return, mix 1 teaspoon of liquid dish soap with 1 cup of water and spritz some of it on the soil. Leave the lid off over night and replace it in the morning.

 

PHALAENOPSIS ORCHIDS

Phalaenopsis or 'Moth Orchids' are the most common orchid due to its ease of production and the availability of blooming plants year-round. Phals are easily grown in the home and stay in bloom for a very long time.

You do however need to find a great location in your home for your phal plant to ensure it thrives. A moderately bright window sill is best with about 1/2 a cup of water once a week (although this can change depending on their environment), and then let the roots dry out almost completely between waterings. Phals like to stay generally moist but not sopping wet and must always be kept in a pot with good drainage.

 

COMMON HOUSE PLANTS

We love indoor plants! Apart from their aesthetically pleasing looks they actually absorb some of the volatile organic compounds in the air around your home. Recent studies by Professor Margaret Burchett of the University of Technology Sydney suggest adding a few indoor plants to your home or office filters out toxins from the air that are given off from carpet, furniture, paint and even cosmetics. They discovered indoor air is more polluted than outdoor air and just one plant per room can help purify the air. This is why we feel more relaxed when surrounded by plants — they help us breathe better air.

Most people make the mistake of over-watering indoor plants. They don't let the plant have dry time in between waterings. In winter, most indoor plants hardly need any water but, in spring and summer, water a little more frequently. Use your finger to tell whether the soil is moist or dry. 

The sunlight your plant will require really depends on the variety, but as a general rule a moderate amount of filtered light works for most.

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