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 121 - If you receive roses with thorns, leave them. Removing the thorns wounds the stem. The more wounds there are, the more likely the flower's life will be shortened. "Barking" the stem ruins the vessels that transport water up the stem to refresh the flower. It also creates an open wound through which bacteria can enter. If you must remove a thorn, it's best to remove just a small piece of the pointy tip. So be careful of those thorns and enjoy the beauty of the rose.
Day 122 – Kalanchoe is a genus of about 125 species of tropical, succulent flowering plants, popular because of their ease of propagation, low water requirements and wide range of available colors. In traditional medicine, Kalanchoe species have been used to treat ailments such as infections, rheumatism and inflammation. Kalanchoe extracts also have immunosuppressive effects. One variety has even been recorded in Trinidad and Tobago as being used as a traditional treatment for hypertension.
Day 123 - Of all the flowers typically seen in an American garden, the marigold never disappoints. From its resilience, outlasting most other annuals well into the fall months and thriving in even the hottest driest weather, to its intense fiery color, the lowly marigold fills in the bare garden spots more efficiently than many other flowers. While the marigold flower, closely associated with the sun's energy, carries positive connotations, it has also been perceived through the ages to possess some darker qualities. It can symbolize jealousy and cruelty and represent sorrow and feelings of unrest during a sad time.
Day 124 – Leaves are the plants’ food factory; producing carbohydrates by the process of photosynthesis. The green pigment absorbs energy in the form of sunlight and uses it to chemically combine carbon dioxide from the air with water absorbed by the roots to make soluble sugar, which can then be converted into insoluble starch and other products and subsequently stored as a potential energy source.
Day 125 - In some countries of Europe, incurve chrysanthemums are symbolic of death and are used only for funerals or on graves, while other types carry no such symbolism; similarly, in China, Japan and Korea, white chrysanthemums are symbolic of lamentation and/or grief. In some other countries, they represent honesty. In the United States, the flower is usually regarded as positive and cheerful, with New Orleans as a notable exception.