Caring for your Flower Arrangement

 
charming gerberas flower arrangementFlower arrangements are a beautiful gift for any occasion – or for no reason at all. Show your special someone you are thinking of them with a brightly colored bouquet of fresh flowers. Their pretty scent will fill the room with a cheery, summery feeling regardless of the season. Make your arrangement last longer with some quick advice from us at Fancies Flowers & Gifts.
 

Trim

Before placing your flowers in water, cut at least an inch off the bottom of each stem. Use sharp scissors to do this and cut at a 45 degree angle. Place the blooms in a vase filled with warm water and flower food for best results.
 

Flower Food

Create your own mix of flower food by combining sugar and vinegar. This mixture nourishes the blossoms while preventing the growth of bacteria. For every quart of warm water, dissolve 3 tablespoons of sugar and 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar or white vinegar.
 

pretty bud vase flower arrangementHair Spray

Just like it keeps your hair in place, hair spray can also keep your fresh cut flowers looking great! Spray a little bit on the underside of the petals and leaves for best results.
 

Cleaning

As blooms die, remove them from the vase to keep the rest of your flowers healthy. Also remove petals and leaves that have fallen into the water, changing it every few days to remain fresh. Flowers placed in a cool area out of direct sunlight tend to do better as well.
 
Looking to purchase a fresh floral arrangement in the Rapid City area? Fancies Flowers & Gifts is located at 1301 Mt Rushmore Road in Rapid City, South Dakota. We are happy to help you find the perfect gift in-store and orders can be placed online or by phone as well.
 

Sympathy Flower Etiquette

 
white standing spraySympathy flowers are a traditional way to express your condolences to the family of the deceased. Whether you send a bouquet to the family’s home or purchase a standing floral spray, this gift will send a message of love and compassion to those feeling a deep loss.
 
There are many options to choose from when deciding what type of arrangement you would like to send; with food baskets, plants and small floral arrangements as some common choices. We recommend white flowers or those in pale yellow, pink or purple hues. A food basket is another way to express your condolences, as well as care for the family during this difficult time. Here at Fancies Flowers & Gifts we have a variety of baskets, including fruit, meat and snack varieties.
 
When choosing a spray, wreath or bouquet to send to the funeral parlor, there are many options to choose from. A few appropriate choices include lilies, roses and carnations, because of the meanings they hold. White lilies are frequently given, and are seen as a sign of innocence and peace.
 
spring casket sprayDifferent colored roses have different meanings, and red are the most commonly given, as they symbolize love and grief. Roses mix well into arrangements with other flowers, like carnations. These blooms portray affection and innocence in red and white respectively, and are a beautiful accent flower.
 
Regardless of the arrangement you choose, remember to sign the card with your first and last name to reduce confusion for the grieving family during this strenuous time. To purchase a sympathy arrangement in Rapid City, South Dakota, call Fancies at 605-342-2829 or stop by our store at 1301 Mt. Rushmore Road.
 

Caring for Your Hanging Baskets

Hanging Baskets

Summer is here; which means hanging baskets are going up on porches and in backyards everywhere! Hanging baskets come in an assortment of sizes, colors, and styles and often hold geraniums or petunias. Caring for your hanging baskets this summer is easy. Just follow these tips:
 

Water

Regular watering is very important for the health of the flowers in your hanging basket. Check your hanging basket daily, especially when it is extra hot outside. Water the plant if the top of the soil feels dry to the touch. When you water a hanging basket, add water until water comes out of the drainage holes at the bottom of the pot. Providing your hanging basket enough water is vital for proper growth and survival. Remember not to water the plant too much though. Allowing a pot to sit in water will keep the soil too wet and can cause mold and plant death. We recommend watering plants in the morning instead of at night. Watering plants at night leaves them wet for too long and will affect them negatively, like standing water does.
 

Fertilizer

Unlike flowers planted in the ground, hanging baskets only get the nutrition that you provide them! Fertilizer is a great way to keep your baskets thriving all summer long. Add a control release fertilizer to your hanging basket when you first bring it home. Midway through the summer, begin using a water-soluble fertilizer once every other week. This will proved the flowers in your basket with a continual flow of nutrients, keeping them strong and healthy throughout the summer.
 

Pruning

Prune the flowers in your hanging basket to keep them blooming all summer long. Both geraniums and petunias should have their old blooms removed on a regular basis to keep them blooming longer. To prune your flowers, pinch off the stems just below the base of the flowers that are wilted and old. Pruning shears can be used to keep your hands from being stained green.
 
For more information on maintaining your hanging baskets throughout the summer, contact Fancies Flowers & Gifts, local premier florist & flower shop, in Rapid City, SD, 57701 at 1-605-342-2829.