Plant Care & Handling Tips

General Care Tips

Always slowly water your plant over a sink to avoid water damage, especially if the pot has drainage holes, and allow water to drain before returning to decorative container

Keep plant away from drafts, excessive heat or cold, and—unless required direct sunlight

Check water levels regularly, as directed

Be careful not to overwater

Be sure to protect the surface on which your plant rests

Bonsai

Bonsai, "a plant or tree grown in a pot," has been an Asian art form for nearly 2,000 years. The shape, style and color of both the plant and container perfectly harmonize to give the amazing impression of a mature tree in miniature.

Keep the soil evenly moist, but not soggy, never allowing it to dry out completely. Submerge the entire planter under water until the air bubbles have stopped, and then allow the bonsai to drain for up to one hour. Be sure to protect the surface on which your plants rest.

Full to partial sun.

Bulbs

Few things are as beautiful as seeing your flowering bulbs burst into color after caring for them. From Tulips and Hyacinths to Muscari and Crocus, the colors of our fresh bulbs may vary when in full bloom. Bulb gardens may include multiple varieties which may bloom at different times and will arrive rooted and sprouted, ready to bloom.

Keep soil evenly moist, but not soggy. Check moisture level daily as bulbs may take up water rapidly. Be sure to protect the surface on which your plants rest.

Bright, indirect light is preferred.

Dish Garden

The art form known as dish gardens originated in China over thirteen centuries ago, greatly influenced by Buddhism's love for nature. Depending on the components, these miniature landscapes may be called foliage gardens, European gardens or cactus gardens.

Keep soil constantly moist, but not soggy. Do not allow plant to sit in water for extended periods of time. Be sure to protect the surface on which your plants rest.

Best in bright, indirect light or direct sun.

House Plants

Studies have shown that green plants provide such health benefits as making the air cleaner and spreading good cheer with their warmth and beauty.

The soil should be kept evenly moist with only the top surface of the soil drying between watering, but never allow the soil to dry out completely. Add water thoroughly until it flows out the drain holes. To prevent the soil from becoming soggy, pour out any excess water that collects in the plastic after watering. Do not allow plant to sit in water for extended periods of time. Be sure to protect the surface on which your plants rest.

Bright indirect light.

Gardenia

Native to Africa and southern Asia, the gardenia was mistakenly thought to be an American plant, and was named by botanist Carolus Linneaus after Dr. Alexander Garden, an American naturalist. Gardenia plant will arrive either blooming or in bud form, ready to bloom.

Keep the soil evenly moist but never soggy. Never allow the soil to dry out completely. Remove the plant from the decorative container each time you water to allow for drainage. Add water until it runs out the drainage holes in the bottom of the pot. Be sure to protect the surface on which your plants rest.

The gardenia needs very bright light for best flower and foliage growth. A location receiving bright indirect light or lightly filtered sunlight is best. If this is not possible, give it the brightest location you can and supplement the natural light with fluorescent lighting.

Care Tip! It's natural for gardenia flowers to turn yellow; removal of these blooms will encourage additional growth.

Flowering Plants

The same general care instructions may be followed for the beautiful blooming plants featured on this page, including Persian Violet, African Violet, Hibiscus, Mum (or Chrysanthemum), and Mini Plants. Bloom colors may vary and may arrive in bud form, ready to bloom.

The soil should be kept moist but never soggy. Allow the soil to dry out slightly between waterings. Remove the plant from the decorative container each time you water to allow for drainage. Add water until it runs out the drainage holes in the bottom of the pot. To prevent the soil from becoming soggy, pour out any excess water that collects in the plastic after watering. Do not allow plant to sit in water for extended periods of time. Be sure to protect the surface on which your plants rest.

Bright indirect light.

Orchids

Over the centuries orchids have been a symbol of love, luxury and beauty. During the Middles Ages, they were used as remedies for illnesses, as an aphrodisiac, and as a main ingredient in certain love potions. Bloom colors on our numerous varieties of orchids may vary.

Lightly water once a week, allowing the water to drain from the drainage holes of the grow pot. Never allow the plant to sit in water, as this may cause root rot. Be sure to protect the surface on which your plants rest.

Bright direct or indirect sun light.

Care Tip! The support stick that was sent with your orchid will help it to grow, so keep it bound to the plant. Once you find a place for the orchid, make it permanent. Orchids do not like to be moved around often. Also, it is natural for an orchid's roots to grow out of the bark or moss it's planted in, so don’t be alarmed.

Rose Plants

Roses have been mentioned in the earliest recorded historic writings from throughout Europe and Asia. Our fresh rose plants arrive either blooming or in bud form ready to bloom, and are available in a variety of stunning bloom colors.

Rose plants need constant moisture but should never be soggy. Do not allow plant to sit in water. Remove the plant from the decorative container each time you water to allow for drainage. Add water until it runs out the drainage holes in the bottom of the pot. Be sure to protect the surface on which your plants rest.

Bright light is best indoors. In the garden, full sun. Rose plants need an abundance of light to form new buds and develop tight ones. After the buds have bloomed, we suggest you take your plant outdoors and plant it in your yard; if that's not possible, transplant it to a larger container to keep outside.