ELAINE’S FLOWERS

The Country Mouse - Craft Shop

580 Great Road

North Smithfield, RI 02896

401.762.6438

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Elaine’s Flowers delivers to these towns in Rhode Island and Massachusetts in the Blackstone Valley:

North Smithfield, Smithfield, Woonsocket, Burrillville, Pascoag, Lincoln, Cumberland, Greenville, Blackstone, Bellingham, Uxbridge and Millville

Plant Care Tips

Not only are green and flowering plants a great enhancement to any home or office decor, they are also beneficial to your health. The results of a study by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) show that common houseplants are powerful, natural air cleaners - all the more reason why you want to keep your plants healthy with the proper care.

Most plants come with care instructions specified for the type of plant. The Society of American Florists provides these additional general guidelines to keep most green houseplants thriving:

   * Keep plants in medium-light locations - out of direct sunlight
   * Natural light is best, but some plants can also thrive in office fluorescent light. Most flowering potted plants should be placed in areas with the most light in order to maintain good flower color and promote the maximum number of flowers to open. Foliage plants will do well under lower light levels and can be placed in areas providing reduced light.
   * Plant soil should be kept moist at all times
   * Plants should not be allowed to dry out or wilt. Be careful to avoid overwatering - do not allow plants to stand in water.
   * Avoid wetting plant leaves.
   * Avoid excessive heat or cold
   * Plants should be kept in a cool spot (between 65 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit) for best performance. They should be kept away from direct sunlight, heating or cooling vents, directly under ceiling fans, or on top of televisions or radiators. (Appliances like televisions give off heat, which causes plants to dehydrate.)
Flower Care Tips
Most floral arrangements last 4-7 days or longer, depending on the flowers used and the care they receive. The Society of American Florists provides these tips for longer-lasting, more vibrant flowers:

For floral arrangements

   • Keep the vase filled (or floral foam soaked) with water containing a flower food provided by your florist. Flower foods make flowers last longer but it is important to follow the mixing directions on the flower food packet. Most packets are to be mixed with either a pint or a quart of water. Flower foods should not be diluted with more water than is specified on the packet.
   • If the flower food solution becomes cloudy, replace it entirely with properly mixed flower food solution. If possible, re-cut stems by removing one to two inches with a sharp knife. Be sure to use a sharp knife or clippers that will not crush the stems. Immediately place the stems into solution.
   • Keep flowers in a cool spot (65 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit), away from direct sunlight, heating or cooling vents, directly under ceiling fans, or on top of televisions or radiators. (Appliances like televisions give off heat, which causes flowers to dehydrate.) Most flowers will last longer under cool conditions.

For loose bunches or boxed flowers

   • Keep your flowers in a cool place until you can get them in a flower food solution. Don't forget how important it is to follow the mixing directions on the flower food packet.
   • Fill a clean (washed with a detergent or antibacterial cleaning solution), deep vase with water and add a flower food from your florist.
   • Remove leaves that will be below the waterline. Leaves in water will promote bacterial microbial growth that may limit water uptake by the flower.
   • Re-cut stems by removing one to two inches with a sharp knife. Place the flowers in the vase solution you've prepared.
Here at Elaine’s we care about our customers and want you to have the best possible enjoyment of your flowers and plants.  We hope the information on these FAQ and Tips pages was helpful to you.  
If you still have a question or a concern, please use this handy link to email us with your comments of questions. Elaine personally checks these messages each evening and will respond to you the very next day.

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