Care and Handling of Your Protea
Immediately unpack the flowers and trim 1/2” to 1” off the stem. Proteas are very thirsty so maintain an adequate supply of clean water below the leaves. Your Protea, including pincushions, may seem a bit tired upon arrival, but once in water should “perk up.” Leaf discoloration in some Proteas is a natural phenomenon. The flower is still fresh for your to enjoy. Strip most leaves from around the flower to reveal the blossoms more. Remember to keep flowers away from heat sources and drafts. Display Protea near a window when possible.
Care of your Protea Basket
Add water every 2-3 days. Your flowers are arranged in a plastic liner; however, you should add water over the sink in case of over-flow. After your protea flowers begin to dry, allow the water to evaporate. Your flowers will dry naturally in the basket allowing for a permanent arrangement.
Unpack the flowers immediately. Cut 1/2” off the base of each stem. Immerse both the flowers and stems in room temperature (60-80 F) water for between 15 minutes up to 2 hours. Longer soaking (overnight) will not harm the flowers, but is not necessary. Every 5 days, cut another 1/2” from the base of the stem and soak the entire flower again for 15 minutes. Anthuriums die from the stem up,towards the flower heads and evaporate water from the heads. Avoid temperatures below 55 F.
Bird of Paradise
Unpack flowers immediately. Cut 1/2” off the base of each stem.
Note to bring out Extra Flowers:
- Soak the flower head in room temperature water for 20 minutes.
- Insert your thumb inside the unopened sheath through the slit on the upper side and gently lift up a new flower.
- Gently remove the thin white membrane which separates each flower and cut it off. After the stems are cut from the plant, new flowers will not automatically emerge from the heavy sheaths of the Bird of Paradise- they will need your gentle coaxing.
Ginger & Heliconia Upon Arrival:
- Soak the whole stem and the entire flower head in room temperature water for 15-30 minutes. *Cut 1/2” off the base of each stem.
- Repeat soaking every 3 days.
- More frequent soaking does not harm Ginger or Heliconia because their optimal growing conditions are in full sunlight and constant, intermittent, gentle tropical rain.
- Do Not Refrigerate
If your orchids need reviving, submerge them in a sink of cool water for
approximately 10-15 minutes. Cut your orchid stems about an inch to allow for
maximum water intake. Keep flowers away from heat sources and drafts. Avoid
temperatures below 45 F.
- The best way to prolong shelf life for all your Tropical Flowers is to keep the water and vase clean
- This may require a change of water every other day.
Your lei may appear tired and thirsty after its journey to you. Submerse your lei in water or give it a good gentle spray with water from a spray bottle. When you are through wearing your lei, you might consider spraying it again and placing it in the refrigerator. If you are not ready to wear your lei the day it arrives, mist your lei and place it on a damp paper towel and set it in the refrigerator. Keep moist until its time to wear your lei. Remember, they are delicate and may only keep for a few more days.
- Do Not sprinkle or immerse in water.
- If any tuberose petals are bruised or brown, gently peel off. Wrap with the paper provided.
- Refrigerate until ready to use.
Ti leaf lei, Kukui Nut Lei, Bozu and Cigar Leis:
- Do Not sprinkle or immerse these types of leis
- Wrap with the paper provided
- Refrigerate until ready to use.