Start with a clean vase filled with fresh, tepid water. Ensure you select the right size vase for your posy. We suggest keeping the vase at one-third to half the height of your posy.
Remove all wrapping from the posy.
Clean the flower stems. Stripping all the leaves below the water level will stop bacteria growing in the water.
With a sharp pair of scissors, cut 2cms from the bottom of the stems at an angle. This allows the stem to absorb water more rapidly.
Place your posy in the vase immediately.
Position the vase out of direct sunlight, away from heaters, draughts and fresh fruit. As fruit ages it releases ethylene gas, which can trigger early death of fresh flowers.
Every few days recut the stems, rinse vase and replace with clean water. This will prolong the life of your flower posy. You can add floral preservative to the water, or alternatively you can add a teaspoon of household bleach every few days to keep the bacteria from growing.
We hope that these simple steps will help keep your posy looking its best so that you enjoy them even longer.
Indoor plants add colour, texture and warmth to the home, and can also improve air quality, so give yourself a pat on the back for buying one (or at least considering it).
Many indoor plants are easy to grow, but they must be given the appropriate care in order to thrive. The tips here are a general guide – different plants have different needs after all – and will get you going in the right direction. We recommend reading the info on our shop pages before you buy, and the care instructions that come with every plant.
First, it’s important to remember that, being living things, our plants will react to their immediate environment and weather conditions.
Generally, indoor plants enjoy daylight. With foliage plants especially, avoid direct sunlight, particularly late afternoon summer sun. This helps prevent the pot from drying out too quickly, and foliage from being burnt.
Overwatering is the number one killer of indoor plants. Too much water is just as detrimental as too little. When watering, look to water into the soil. For most plants, don’t water directly onto it – bromeliads being a notable exception.
Generally, these plants need a good drink once a week. The best way to check if your plant needs a water is to dig your finger into the soil towards the side of the pot, about an inch deep. If it’s dry, time to drink.
Succulents are an easy-to-care-for group of plants. They may not need to be watered as often as other plants, particularly in Sydney which has a more humid climate. However, if your succulent is kept in a constantly air-conditioned location, the dryer air means a more regular feed. Again, check the soil by digging your finger in a little and water well if it is very dry. DON’T spritz with a spray bottle and DON’T water just a little every day or two. A good drink and a long break – just like what succulents would receive in their natural habitat – is the way to go.
Only fertilise your indoor plants according to the specific requirements of your plant. Generally, fertilising is only required a few times a year, and mostly during their growing season – through spring and summer. Only use a diluted fertiliser on potted plants.
Your Pot and Posy plant will come in an appropriate premium potting mix that is prepared with slow-release fertilisers and wetting agents that promote strong growth and overall good plant health.
We hope these simple tips will help you and your plant enjoy many days together.
Don’t forget your care card that is included with every Pot and Posy plant, as well as the online instructions on our plant pages.