fresh cut flowers
Planting: In containers (preferably with a drain hole in the bottom), line the bottom of the container with about an inch of pebbles or lava rock and cover with a cactus and succulent potting mix. Dig a small hole in the planting mix and place the plant in the hole just deep enough to cover the roots so the surface of the soil from the original pot is level with the soil of the new container. Fill in the hole with the planting mix and gently firm in place. Allow the soil to remain dry for 3-4 days before watering to allow any damaged roots to heal over, then water thoroughly. Add more soil mix around plant if necessary due to settling after watering.
Watering: Before watering succulents in containers, check the weight of the container if possible. A dry pot will weigh much less than one that is moist. If you are unable to lift the container, place a wooden stick in the soil and push it all the way to the bottom of the container; wooden chopsticks are great for this. Leave the stick there for a while. If the stick is moist upon removal, there is no need to water. If water is necessary, thoroughly drench the soil and allow all excess water to drain completely from the container. Never let succulents stand in water for any length of time.
Light: Succulents need as much bright light or filtered sun as possible. This is relatively easy to provide outdoors in any number of locations including patio areas. Indoors, locate in an eastern or southern exposure window if possible. Low light or shade conditions will cause the plants to stretch and become weak.
Fertilizing:Succulents are not heavy feeders, but can be fertilized once a month during the plants active growing cycle beginning in the spring when temperatures start warming up and the fear of frost is over. Fertilizing should end three or four weeks before the end of the growing season before autumn. Choose a fertilizer recommended for cacti or succulents and follow the package directions, or choose any all purpose, balanced liquid fertilizer and mix it to ¼ strength of what the directions indicate.
Pruning: Some succulents can use an occasional trim. Damaged leaves or branches should be removed, and if necessary, prune as required to keep plants a desired size or shape. Most trailing, upright, or branching succulents (particularly those in hanging baskets) can be trimmed as desired usually creating a more compact, fuller growth habit. Use proper tools such as clippers, hand pruners, pole pruners and pruning saws. Make sure all equipment is clean and sharp.
caring for your orchid – phalaenopsis (phal):
Light: Phals like bright filtered light with no direct sun. Leaves should be glossy medium green and increase in size with each new leaf. Bottom older leaves that turn brown and fall off are normal and expected. Maintain a warm environment with good air movement.
Temperature: Should be 60°F at night and not to exceed 85°F in the day throughout the year. Bloom spike initiation can come out in December to February naturally. A 15 – 20° F day to night differential is helpful for spike growth.
Watering: Do not allow plants to dry out. Keep potting soil to a medium moisture level. Be especially cautious of over watering. Water your orchid about every 10-14 days, or even longer depending on temperature & moisture. Place orchid pot under running tepid water and leave on counter/sink to drain.
After it is well drained, place orchid back into decorative pot and enjoy. It is best to water in the morning so plant can begin to dry before nightfall
Feeding: Use NPK 20-20-20 (water soluble fertilizer) once a month, year round to strengthen plants. For complete step by step information please follow label instructions on back of orchid fertilizer