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Learn more about flowers and plants in our flower library. Taking care of your bouquet of flowers or plant is not difficult and can make a big difference! With just a bit of attention, you can enjoy your bouquet for longer. Not complicated at all and yet very important! Click on the flower or plant below and learn more on how you can enjoy it at its best. 

General tips & tricks

     Cut
     Cut the stems with a sharp knife and remove any leaves that will sit below the water level

     Water
     Use a clean vase, fill it with water, refill regularly and add flowerfood 

     Attention
     Keep the flowers out of direct sunlight, draughts, direct heat and away from ripening fruits

     Enjoy
     Follow these instructions and enjoy your flowers to the fullest! 

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The Agapanthus is a real summer flower. Because of its South African origin and the shape of the small flowers they are commonly called African lily. You can see her bloom in full glory in July and August, because she needs a lot of sun. They can be recognized by its long leaves and long thick stem with purple or white flower buds. The Agapanthus is available as a plant and as cut flowers in bouquets.

 

Agapanthus as plant

  • Place the plant indoors during the colder months (e.g. in a garage or basement)
  • Around April or May, you can move the plant outside as temperatures rise and in July and August it will start blooming
  • Make sure the plant is placed in a large pot and water it regularly. Also ensure that there’s a hole at the bottom of the pot, so water can leave
  • After the summer and the blooming season, you can replant it
  • Please note that the Agapanthus can grow very firmly in its pot. When you replant her and try to get the plant out of the pot, the pot might break. Keep this in mind when choosing the pot.

 

Agapanthus as a cut flower

  • Use a clean vase
  • Add flower food in the water
  • Cut the stem diagonally with a sharp knife
  • Change the water regularly
  • Keep the flowers away from ripening fruit and don’t place them in direct sunlight

The Alstroemeria is a strong flower that can sometimes hold up to two weeks. It symbolizes friendship and devotion. The flower exists in almost every colour and its leaves can have many different patterns. The Alstroemeria finds its origins in the South American Andes and is also called "Inca Lily" or "Peruvian lily".

 

Tips & tricks

  • Use a clean vase
  • Alstroemeria can bloom up to two weeks
  • Add flower food in the water for a long life and it will also let the smallest buds bloom
  • Cut the stem diagonally and remove any leaves that are under water
  • Remove faded flowers and change the water regularly
  • Keep the flowers away from ripening fruit and don’t place them in direct sunlight

The Amaryllis is one of the great classics around Christmas and the holiday season. This beautiful red flower is therefore mostly associated with the holidays. The Amaryllis is a symbol of pride and enchanting beauty. The stylish flower radiates a lot of elegance and charm. With proper care, you can enjoy an amaryllis for a long time. With sufficient water and good growing conditions you will have years of fun with this stylish flower. It is a nice gift for Christmas as it is a long life companion!

 

Tips & tricks

  • Don’t place the Amaryllis in direct sunlight and not in a not too warm place
  • Keep the soil moisty, but do not give too much water
  • After the Christmas holidays, when the flower is out of bloom after a few weeks, you can cut the flower just below the flower head. Do not be surprised if moisture comes from the stem, this is normal if the flower has been given enough water.
  • In late winter, the amaryllis is in its growth phase, which means it needs water and light in order to form new leaves. Put the Amaryllis in a place as light as possible, as far as this is possible at this time of the year.
  • In spring you can move the Amaryllis outside, while they will continue to grow in your garden or on the balcony. During fall you can put her back inside, it will then lose its leaves and you can replant it if necessary.

Anthurium is a true eye-catcher, both as a plant and as a cut flower. In 1829, Schott discovered this extravagant flower in the jungle of South America. Nowadays, the Anthurium is a real seducer and the flower has a somewhat "vintage" image. The flower is available in many different varieties and exists in various colours.

 

Anthurium as plant

  • The Anthurium dislikes cold and drafts, but can stand outside during summer
  • Place the plant in a light place, but not in direct sunlight
  • Water the Anthurium regularly so the soil remains moisty
  • Give the plant nutrition every two weeks. This will do the plant good and stimulates growth.
  • Remove faded flowers
  • Replant once a year

The cactus is a strong survivor. Since they are generally easy to take care of and don’t need much attention, they're mostly seen as the perfect flatmate. With its origins in North, Central and South America, the cactus can be found in many types of areas, from deserts to mountain slopes. Succulents can live quite long periods without water, which makes them suitable in various climates. The thorns have an additional function to absorb dew and thus help the moisture level to maintain.

 

Don’t give too much water. During its resting phase (November to April) there is barely or very little water needed.

The Calla is a true classic. Whether Callas appear as cut flowers in bouquets or as a calla plant, the Calla is often a dazzling surprise. During the 17th century, the Calla was discovered in South Africa and came to Europe right afterwards. This cup-shaped beauty is available in many colours and is a real eye-catcher in a bouquet.

 

Calla as a plant

  • Place your Calla outside (e.g. in your garden or on the balcony) from around March to July (temperatures around 15 degrees)
  • Place the plant on a spot that is sometimes in sunlight, sometimes in shadow and she’ll get many flowers!
  • Water the plant regularly, but not too much and not on the flowers themselves
  • Plant food every two weeks stimulates growth
  • After the blooming season you can take out all the dried leaves, keep the bulb and plant it again in March in new soil

 

Calla as cut flowers

  • Use a clean vase
  • Add flower food in the water
  • Cut the stem diagonally with a sharp knife and remove leaves that are under water
  • Callas are often to be found in Spring bouquets
  • Change the water regularly
  • Keep the flowers away from ripening fruit and don’t place them in direct sunlight

Carnation or Dianthus (latin) belongs to a large family. It consists of many different types in all possible colours and with different shapes of petals. The carnation is diverse and special! The flower works both in a bouquet by itself and together with other flowers in a mixed bouquet.

 

Tips & tricks

  • Use a clean vase
  • Cut the stem diagonally (about 3 cm) and remove any leaves that are under water
  • Remove faded flowers and change the water regularly
  • Keep the flowers away from ripening fruit and don’t place them in direct sunlight

Chrysanthemums are often seen as an autumn flower, but this isn't entirely correct. The flower is in fact available year round, in a variety of colours! This versatile flower is available in all possible shades and its lovely appearance fits perfectly in many types of bouquets. A Chrysanthemum can be recognized by the charming voluminous flower in the shape of a daisy, although this depends on the type. Chrysanthemums are easy to take care of.

 

Tips & tricks

  • Use a clean vase
  • Cut the stem diagonally with a sharp knife and remove any leaves that are under water
  • Remove faded flowers and change the water regularly
  • Keep the flowers away from ripening fruit and don’t place them in direct sunlight

Originally the Cyclamen comes from the Mediterranean region and was discovered in the 16th century. Cyclamen is an all-rounder as it exists in many colours, shapes and sizes. From June to mid-October, they give your garden colour with its small flowers!

 

Tips & tricks

  • From June to mid-October, cyclamen should be kept outside
  • During fall it can bloom till winter with proper care
  • Treat it once a month with nutrition and remove faded flowers
  • Keep your cyclamen in a light space, but not in direct sunlight
  • Keep soil moisty but not too wet
  • Cyclamen don’t like big differences in temperature, so once outside it prefers to stay outside

The cymbidium orchid is available both as a plant and cut flower, but is most common as a plant. It is mostly seen as quite a luxurious flower. With more than 40 kinds, the Cymbidium offers a wide range of possibilities. You can recognize the Cymbidium by its long, narrow leaves with long stems with multiple flowers. The Cymbidium is available in many colours, but white and green are the most popular variants. The Cymbidium gets more beautiful as they age, as the plant gets more and more flowers. 

 

Cymbidium as a plant

  • Place the plant in a bright place, but not in direct sunlight
  • Give the orchid water regularly, but not too much
  • The Cymbidium blooms once a year, for four to six weeks (usually between September and April). After flowering, the entire branch should be cut. The next year a new branch will grow.
  • After its blooming period, the Cymbidium can be placed outside (nocturnal temperatures not to be below 6 degrees). In early September, you can place the Cymbidium inside again.
  • Replant Cymbidium in spring, rinse the roots gently and fill the pot with orchid compost and nutrition.

 

Cymbidium as cut flowers

  • Use a clean vase
  • Add flower food in the water
  • Cut the stem diagonally with a sharp knife
  • Change the water regularly
  • Keep the flowers away from ripening fruit and don’t place them in direct sunlight

Lisianthus or Eustoma is a fancy flower native to North America. The flower is a symbol of appreciation and gratitude. Especially during summer, you can see them often and they’re widely used in mixed bouquets. Thanks to its charming appearance the flower is also a classic in bridal bouquets.

 

Tips & tricks

  • Use a clean vase
  • Add flower food in the water
  • Cut the stem diagonally with a sharp knife
  • Change the water regularly
  • Keep the flowers away from ripening fruit and don’t place them in direct sunlight

The Freesia is easily recognizable by some very charming characteristics. With its fresh scent, even a bouquet with not that many freesia flowers will leave a lovely fresh smell in your living room. Freesias are symbol of elegance, purity and unconditional love. With its perfume, that is not difficult to imagine. Its lovely appearance makes a bouquet with Freesias a beautiful gift. Freesias are available all year round.

 

Tips & tricks

  • Use a clean vase
  • Add cut flower food in the water for a long life of the flowers
  • Cut the stem diagonally with a sharp knife and remove any leaves under water
  • Remove faded flowers and change the water regularly
  • Keep the flowers away from ripening fruit and don’t place them in direct sunlight

The Gerbera is one of the most famous and popular cut flowers. Its bright colours, stylish appearance and simple beauty are loved by many people and are easy to mix in bouquets. Originally from South Africa, the Gerbera arrived in Europe in the 19th century. This classic is available all year round.

 

Tips & tricks

  • Use a clean vase
  • Add flower food in the water
  • Cut the stem diagonally with a sharp knife
  • Change the water regularly
  • Keep the flowers away from ripening fruit and don’t place them in direct sunlight

Iris is not only a popular girls name, it’s also a popular cut flower. Iris flowers are a perfect fit in spring bouquets, e.g. mixed with tulips. With its charming appearance the Iris is often seen as a mix between an orchid and lily.

 

Tips & tricks

  • Use a clean vase
  • Add flower food in the water
  • Cut the stem diagonally with a sharp knife
  • Change the water regularly
  • Keep the flowers away from ripening fruit and don’t place them in direct sunlight

Early during the 20th century, the Kalanchoë came to Europe from Madagascar. The plant has now become one of the favourites on balconies and terraces. Kalanchoes generally don’t need much attention and is therefore loved by people who travel a lot or who don’t spend too much time in their garden. With very little care, the plant blooms in bright colours and she’s available in all sorts and tones.

 

Tips & tricks

  • Suitable indoors and outdoors (blooming period outside is from May to September)
  • Kalanchoes prefer sunny spots
  • Keep the soil moisty but not wet
  • Give the plant fertilizer approx. once a month
  • No need to remove old flowers

The Lily is a real classic. With several meanings and as a symbol of love, feminity and purity, the lily is one of the most versatile flowers and is a perfect mix in bouquets. A great source of inspiration and a great stylish gift for many occasions. With all its forms, colours and variations, scented or non-scented.

 

Tips & tricks

  • Use a clean vase
  • Add flower food in the water
  • Cut the stem diagonally with a sharp knife and remove leaves that are under water
  • Change the water regularly
  • Keep the flowers away from ripening fruit and don’t place them in direct sunlight
  • Pollen might fall of easily. In case they end up on pieces of clothing: take a piece of tape, dab the sticky side on the pollen and remove it easily.

Every year in May and June is the season of Peonies. This big flower symbolizes femininity and elegance. Therefore, peonies are often seen in bridal bouquets, Mother’s Day flowers or other feminine or romantic occasions. She’s best known in pink, but also the red, white and yellow versions are the perfect touch of romance in a bouquet..

 

Tips & tricks

  • Use a clean vase
  • Add flower food in the water
  • Cut the stem diagonally (approx. 5 cm) with a sharp knife
  • Change the water regularly and fill the vase, peonies can drink a lot
  • Keep the flowers away from ripening fruit and don’t place them in direct sunlight

One of the most popular plants in the Netherlands is the orchid. Among the 20.000 types of orchids the Phalaenopsis is still one of the most popular ones. After years, it’s still a bestsellers and there’s a good reason for that. The Phalaenopsis is available is several different colours, shapes and forms. One of the easiest plants to care of and with the most fabulous results.

 

Tips & tricks

  • Preferably use warm water
  • Don’t place orchids in direct sunlight, but in a light spot (preferably morning sun)
  • Orchids like humidity, hence kitchens or bathrooms are good spots
  • Create a humid environment by placing the orchid on a large plate covered by gravel or clay pellets. Fill the plate or bowl with water but not too much so the orchid isn’t directly touching the water
  • When the water evaporates, the orchids will use the humid air. Orchids grow best in bark, pumice or peat moss. Soil can stimulate rotting roots.

Together with the tulip, ranunculus are one of the most loved spring flowers. From February to May, ranunculus are in full bloom. With a family of around 600 species, the ranunculus offers a wide range of options. Its most common colours are white, yellow and pink, that perfectly match with the bright spring tones. Ranunculus are poisonous when eaten by wild cattle, but thanks to its strange flavour most animals won’t give it a try. Dried flowers are no longer poisonous. Ranunculus as cut flowers in bouquets generally aren’t a risk for humans or pets.

 

Tips & tricks

  • Use a clean vase
  • Add flower food in the water
  • Cut the stem diagonally with a sharp knife
  • Change the water regularly and fill the vase, ranunculus can drink a lot
  • Keep the flowers away from ripening fruit and don’t place them in direct sunlight
  • Ranunculus are quite fragile; their stem is hollow inside.

One of the classics. World’s most popular cut flower, known as a romantic gift in most cultures and recognized as a beauty symbol in many countries. With all its colours, shapes and meanings, roses charm people around the world. The most popular colours are red, pink and white and is especially popular around Valentine's Day, Mother’s Day and other romantic occasions.

 

Symbolism

Roses are the ultimate flowers to send to someone for romantic purposes. The colour and number of roses can make a difference, especially in different cultures. Red roses generally symbolize love and respect, white roses symbolize true love and yellow roses symbolize friendship. Read more about the meaning of roses

 

Tips & tricks

  • Use a clean vase
  • Add flower food in the water
  • Cut the stem diagonally (approx. 2 cm) with a sharp knife and remove leaves that are under water
  • Don’t remove the thorns
  • Change the water regularly
  • Keep the flowers away from ripening fruit and don’t place them in direct sunlight

The sunflower is one of the flowers that we quickly associate with the summer months. Its leaves with deep yellow colours and the dark heart of the flower make a deep impression in summer bouquets. The scientific name of the flower is Helianthus and it’s originally from Central and South America before it came to Europe with the Spanish. The flower symbolizes warm feelings, such as commitment, happiness and admiration. Sunflowers have also frequently been a source of inspiration for artists, such as Van Gogh.

 

Tips & tricks

  • Use a clean vase
  • Add flower food in the water and don’t fill the vase with too much water
  • Cut the stem diagonally with a sharp knife and remove leaves that are under water
  • Change the water regularly
  • Keep the flowers away from ripening fruit and don’t place them in direct sunlight
  • Sunflowers generally suit well in long vases, thanks to their long stems

Tulips are still one of the most popular spring flowers. And there’s quite a clear reason for that, if you ask us. These versatile flowers exist in almost every colour and their simple look make them fit in many types of mixed bouquets. Not only mixed bouquets though, but also bouquets with only tulips give a playful twist to the living room. Originally coming from Turkey, tulips were taken to Europe in the 16th century by an Austrian. The simplicity of the tulip was loved right away and during the Golden Age in the Netherlands, the “tulip mania” came to extraordinary levels. Prices for tulip bulbs were similar to canal houses in Amsterdam at one point. Nowadays this situation is slightly different, though fact is that you can still make people incredibly happy with a bouquet of tulips.

 

Tips & tricks

  • Use a clean vase
  • Add flower food in the water
  • Cut the stem diagonally with a sharp knife and remove leaves that are under water
  • Change the water regularly and keep in mind that tulips drink a lot, so refill the vase when needed
  • Keep the flowers away from ripening fruit and don’t place them in direct sunlight
  • Depending on the sort of tulip, some types can still grow quite a few centimeters in their vases
  • After receiving the tulips, put them first in the vase with the cellophane or paper still wrapped around the bouquet for about an hour. This means they’ll have the time to get used to the new climate and their stems will stand up straight again.
  • Mix several bouquets in different colours together to get a nice colourful mix!

Veronicas are available during the whole year, but are often seen in summer bouquets. Their blue and purple tones mix perfectly in white and green bouquets and give an elegant yet playful twist to many types of bouquets. Veronicas originally come from Central Europe.

 

Tips & tricks

  • Use a clean vase
  • Add flower food in the water
  • Cut the stem diagonally with a sharp knife and remove leaves that are under water
  • Change the water regularly
  • Keep the flowers away from ripening fruit and don’t place them in direct sunlight