Saving Floral Lives

 

Let's face it, flowers aren't the hardest things to take care of, but they do need your attention from time to time. We've compiled a quick and easy little guide on how to care for our products. If you have any questions, feel free to drop us a line at the store, and we can either cry together over the orchids you passively murdered, or we can work together to perk up those succulents that might have seen better days.

 

BLOOM BOXES

Add 1/2 cup of water to the centre of the box every day. Avoid leaving your bloom box in direct sunlight; they do best in a cooler environment. They get hot enough after being handled by us, to be honest — we have that affect on flowers. Anymore than that, and they'll overheat and wilt.  

For succulent bloom boxes, add 1/4 cup of water to the centre of the box every week. Succulent bloom boxes are the only bloom boxes that we'd recommend exposing to sunlight. However, it doesn't need to be direct sunlight.

ITTY BITTY BLOOM BOXES

The same Bloom Box rules apply to the bitties, but in smaller quantities. Add 1/4 cup of water to the centre of the box every day, and keep them out of direct sunlight. Think of them as teenie tiny teenagers: don't overheat them, don't neglect them, don't helicopter-parent, let their friends stay over on a school night, etc.

SUCCULENTS

For potted succulents, water them until the soil is moist, and then leave them be until the soil is dry. Succulents are little water "succers," so even when the soil is dry, they'll be drinking water stored in their leaves.

Although these little dudes love to be in the sun, they can still thrive in the shadows. The main thing is to avoid over-watering. Pools of water can cause rot to settle in quicker than hipsters at Coachella. The general rule is about 1/4 cup of water once a week, but if you forget or lose track, let them dry. Drying your succulents out serves you better than drowning them because it kills them slower. We do not condone the pre-meditated murder of plants or flowers.

TERRARIUMS

Check the moss with your finger to see if there is any moisture. If it's dry, add 1/2 cup of water to the centre; if it's moist, leave it be. If you're noticing pools of water forming, you're over-watering! We don't want our little guys to drown, so let the terrarium dry out completely before watering again.

CUT BOUQUETS

Cut bouquets do best in clean water. If the water is getting low or dirty, change it out with fresh, cold water. Cut bouquets do not need to be exposed to direct sunlight because they are hot enough — just like the rest of us here at Fab.

ARRANGEMENTS

Our arrangements are either in aqua foam or water, which helps keep the flowers hydrated. For arrangements in foam, add 1/2 cup of water every other day as needed. For arrangements in water, check the water level with your finger. If the water is getting low, top it up.

 

Phalaenopsis Orchids

Phals can be very high-maintenance. Our advice is to check on the soil every day. It's best to give them about 1/2 a cup of water once a week (although this can change depending on their environment), and then let the roots dry out almost completely between waterings.

There is some debate as to whether or not placing 2-3 ice cubes on top of your phal soil once a week works as well as watering. Some people consider it a really easy life-hack for orchids, and others think it is the worst thing for you to do ever. We've done a lot of research and have found that opinions on it seem to be 50/50. We use the traditional water method at Fab (mostly because we never have ice cubes), but you can do whatever you want. If you do end up using the ice cubes, and it works great, drop us a line and let us know!