CARING FOR YOUR BEAUTIFUL HAWAIIAN FLOWERS
Caring for you Hawaiian flowers is very important for them to remain vibrant for as long as possible. Below are some instructions for caring for your flowers that should help. If there are any questions please feel free to contact us.
After receiving your lei(s), spray lightly with water as needed to moisten them. Be careful not to over mist them; they should NOT be dripping wet. Put them into an aerated plastic bag and place them in the vegetable bin of your refrigerator if not too cold, or in a cool but not cold location. The best temperature to store them is around 55 - 60 degrees F. Some vegetable bins are colder than the recommended temperature -- please check your storage area for the proper conditions before placing them into storage. Your Lei(s) should last for 3-5 days from the date we ship them. br>One-half hour before you are ready to wear, take the lei out of the bag and let it air dry on a paper towel. Remember, leis will brown and be unusable if placed in too cold or breezy a location.
CUT FLOWER CARE
When your flowers arrive soak the flowers in warm tap water for approximately 15 minutes. Do Not do this for the fuzzy-type Protea flowers and Cymbidium Orchids.
While the flowers are submerged in the tap water, cut 1/2 inch off from end of stem at a 45 degree angle. This will insure that the water is drawn better into the stem to help keep the flower fresh.
Remove the flowers from the water and gently shake of the excess water.
Create your beautiful tropical flower arrangement in a vase of clear water.
Mist flowers daily to help keep them their fresh appearance.
Periodically clip the stems a 1/2 inch every 3 to 4 days to enable the water back into the stem to hydrate the flower and improve longevity. Change the water in the vase every day for the flowers to remain their freshest, or at least every 2 to 3 days.
Keep flowers out of direct sunlight and breezy areas and maintain temperature above 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Also, avoid placing flowers near fireplaces, stoves and strong drafts.
DENDROBIUM ORCHID PLANTS
These orchids prefer filtered light, humid, and warm conditions. Place plant near window with morning or late afternoon sun. Normal room temperature is ideal. Water when planting medium is dry to the touch or about twice a week. Fertilize twice a month with commercial foliar orchid fertilizer. With proper care these orchids will flower several times a year. Flower sprays will last approximately 60 days.
PHALAENOPSIS ORCHID PLANTS
The Phalaenopsis orchid plant will bloom once a year, with the elegant sprays of flowers lasting up to eight weeks. Bright indirect or filtered light is ideal. Try to give maximum hours of daylight, especially during short winter days. Keep evenly moist by watering every 5 to 7 days depending on planting medium and pot size. Make sure to water early in the day to allow plant to dry off by nightfall. Allow water to run through the pot and drain excess water. Never allow plant to sit in water. Fertilize with every watering with a balanced (20-20-20) fertilizer at the recommended strength. Every few weeks, flush plant with plain water to rinse out fertilizer or mineral salts. Repot once a year in late spring during active root and leaf growth in a planting medium recommended for orchids. Select pot size based on size of root system, not leaf size.
HAWAII VOLCANO PLANTS
Simply wet the rock thoroughly, if dry, and place it in the saucer maintaining a ½ inch level of water. If the plant arrives in cello wrap, water modestly into the center of the plant, leaving the wrap on. Bright, indirect light is best, especially for the flowering varieties - to maintain their color.