We get a lot of customers dropping in every week looking for advice on how to best care for their house plants! The simple truth is less is more!
Most house plants such as Kentia Palm, Dracena, Yucca and Ficus, come with care instructions including best position, how much water to give etc. However, over the years here we have found through experience that these rules of care have worked best for us!
Stop Killing Your Plants with Kindness!!!
We are all guilty of it, over watering. The biggest cause of plant death in my opinion. We see it time and time again, plants sitting in water that has gathered in the bottom of the container, rotting the roots and saturating the soil. The majority of indoor plants thrive in dry soil with sporadic watering! Good drainage in the bottom of the pot will help also. They are not exposed to the elements such as the sun & wind like their outdoor counterparts and so, do not need to be constantly watered. Our advice? pick a day, first of the month lets say, and water your indoor plants on this day only! They'll thank you for it.
Give them a wash!
Plants as we all know, breath through their leaves right? So it makes sense to keep the foliage clean! We too would find it hard to breath if we were covered in a layer of dust! Our advice? Take advantage of this mild weather and bring your houseplants outside for a water fight! Put the gentle sprinkle on your hose and give them all a good wash down. Avoid soaking the soil and let them dry in the shade so as not to discolor the leaves. In the colder months, a wipe with a clean damp cloth once a month, will do the same job.
Right Plant, Right Place!
When you buy a houseplant, chances are its been grown and kept in optimal conditions so don't be surprised if it gets a shock when you bring it home. Some leaf drop with the likes of Ficus is to be expected as they do not like to be moved. So pick the right plant for the right spot and leave it there! Our advice? As a general rule, plants with lighter foliage do well in a light position and darker foliages do better in less well lit areas. For full sun positions such as conservatories, seek some advice from your local florist for the right plants! That's what we are here for!
Don't be afraid to prune!
It is totally natural to find brown or yellow leaves or bare branches over time on most indoor plants. Don't be afraid to remove these, as they are most likely to never recover! In fact, pruning the dead weight encourages new growth. Similarly, if you plant is getting too big for its boots so to speak, keep him in check with some strategic pruning. Our Advice? Prune out some of the older growth to make room for the new! Remove any dead flowers as they finish. Don't prune back too hard though without advice, as you could kill the plant!
Do NOT water your indoor plants with tea/coffee! It attracts flies and pesky greenfly!
Hope this was helpful to some of you and remember we are here to answer any queries you have anytime. Just drop us and email (email@example.com),give us a ring (01)4900112 or pop in and see us for a chat or advice when you need to! And remember to keep an eye on social media for special offers and updates on new and interesting plants and flowers in store weekly!
- Jul 29, 2017
Summer is a wonderful time for fresh cut flowers!
Here at Oasis Florist in Terenure, we try to source Irish Grown flowers and foliage as much as possible so in store at the moment we have a great selection of beautiful Irish stock! There is an abundance of blooms you can typically find flowering in the garden such as delphinium, gladioli, alstromeria, phlox and sweet William.
To get the best out of your cut flowers this summer, cut an inch off the ends and put them in fresh, clean cold water. Try and change the water every second day to avoid it getting murky and keep the flowers in a cool but light area out of the direct sun which will allow them to open slowly and hence last longer!
With the rise in temperature and wonderful sunshine, plants in the garden or in pots need a lot of extra water. Yes of course we get our fair share of rain, but this will NOT water your plants sufficiently as the rain rarely reaches the roots and the warm winds really dry out the soil. Therefore, a good watering of the flower beds once a week and plants in pots/baskets every second night is essential.
Make the most of your garden by taking cuttings of beautiful fresh seasonal foliages and blooms and pop them in jam jars or an old teapot to create a lovely display for a kitchen table or in the bathroom!
On our website (www.oasisflorists.ie) there are some lovely options to choose from in the Summer Specials category. The Summer Garden Pastels bouquet and the Wild Garden Bouquet are always popular and if you are unsure what to send, just choose the Florist Choice Bouquet and let us create something special for you! Call in and see us in Terenure where this month we have lovely little dressed tin cans of flowers perfect as a simple gift and freshly made bouquets and arrangements to suit every budget!
When ordering online, enter the code Freedel at the checkout to avail of free delivery anytime in the month of July! Happy shopping x
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- Jul 17, 2017