Showing posts with label Heliconia. Show all posts
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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

365 Days of Floral Education - Days 191 - 195

As part of our 125th Anniversary celebration at Stein Your Florist Co. we are sharing a year of floral education, November 1, 2012 thru October 31, 2013. Each day we will post something new on our Facebook page to share our knowledge of our favorite things, flowers and plants and we'll be updating our blog every 5 days or so. No need for pencils and notebooks, just sharing some simple lessons in floristry.

Day 191 - The name Shampoo Ginger comes from the peculiar trait that if rubbed, it will release a “shampoo like” smell. It produces flowers that come out on the cone that must be taken off as they will rot and turn the cone mushy and smelly. At the beginning of the season, the cones are yellowish and small and produce the least amount of flowers. Later on the cones grow taller and yellow, and at the end of the season they are peach, and it produces more flowers.

Day 192 - Pincushion protea are one of the longest lasting flower varieties available. With proper care, they last a minimum of 15 days!

Day 193 - Cut Hypericum berries start out as a yellow flowering shrub and the berries only develop after the flower fades away…..a little like your grandmother’s rose hips… It takes almost 8 months from planting to berry stage to produce a single stem of florist quality berried Hypericum!

Day 194 - The common name for Hypericum is St John’s Wort and it is widely available in health food stores as a homeopathic remedy for ailments such as depression and as a natural antibiotic.

Day 195 - Heliconia flowers are almost exclusively pollinated by Hummingbirds, and sometimes bats too, in Costa Rica.