Care and Handling

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How to Care for Cut Flowers

Gerberas are often used in mixed bouquets, or in single flower vases.

Nothing but Gerberas in the Vase:
Add a few drops of bleach to the water to prevent bacterial growth. Bleach can harm other types of flowers, so never use bleach for mixed bouquets. To keep gerberas at their prettiest, keep them out of overly warm, excessively sunny, or drafty places. Placing gerberas in the vicinity of ripening fruit also reduces their vase life.

  • Use a properly cleaned vase
  • Trim stems at an angle
  • Add a few drops of bleach to the vase and water flowers according to directions
  • Check the water level every day
  • Keep away from drafts, heat, sun & ripening fruit
  • Change water and trim stems again as necessary

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Mixed Bouquets

Always use nutrients for cut flowers – these mixtures also contain agents that prevent bacterial growth.

  • Use a properly cleaned vase
  • Trim stems at an angle
  • Add nutrients for cut flowers
  • Remove foliage under water level
  • Check the water level every day
  • Keep away from drafts, heat, sun & ripening fruit
  • Change water and trim stems again as necessary


How to Care for Hanging Baskets

Our hanging baskets are best suited to full sun/part shade locations.  Be sure to water your basket frequently, and feed regularly (20/20/20).

For best results,

  • hanging_basket_smallWater Frequently – Hanging baskets dry out very quickly. Feel the soil to determine dryness – if it’s dry more than one inch below the surface, the basket needs water.  Use enough water that it drains out the drainage holes. If your hanging basket has dried out too much, immerse it in a bucket of water to resoak the soil mix.
  • Feed Regularly – Frequent watering flushes nutrients from the soil. Frequent fertilizing helps replenish what is lost. Before you fertilize, make sure that the soil is moist. Be sure to follow all labeled instructions before applying fertilizer to your hanging baskets.
  • Don’t Forget to Dead-head – Remove all faded flowers after they’ve bloomed. This is called “dead-heading”. Removal of spent blooms promotes the formation of new flowers. Some plants, such as verbena, benefit from cutting back in mid summer. This helps promote further branching and flower formation.
Bouquets
Find us every Thursday at the Vernon Farmers Market, or pick up one of our beautiful bouquets at Butcher Boys or Lavington Market. Where to Buy
Custom Cut Flowers
Locally grown, custom cut flowers to suit your special occasion. Talk to us about ordering flowers for your wedding, birthday, reunion, retirement, or any celebration!
Hanging Baskets
Add a brilliant pop of colour to your outdoor living space with our "Proven Winners" Hanging Baskets, available in a variety of colours.
Every year in our greenhouse, we grow a unique variety of beautiful flowers for bouquets, single stems, and custom orders, including Roses, Gerberas, Mini Gerberas and Alstroemeria.