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FPB on Scottish Referendum for Small Businesses

FPB on Scottish Referendum for Small Businesses

19-09-2014

Commenting on the result of the referendum on Scottish Independence, Phil Orford MBE, Chief Executive of national small business organisation, the Forum of Private Business, said: Read more

Storrington Florists… They Must be Nuts!

Storrington Florists… They Must be Nuts!

18-09-2014

If you thought being a florist was a messy job prepare to think again as Jo Newington (pictured below left) and Louisa Budd (below right) from The Village Florist in... Read more

Floralife Awarded Manufacturer of the Year

Floralife Awarded Manufacturer of the Year

17-09-2014

Floralife, a key player in the cut flower industry, has received the External Manufacturer of the Year Award from AgroFresh. We all know about the horrors of ethylene and its effects... Read more

Interflora Hit the Small Screen

Interflora Hit the Small Screen

17-09-2014

Interflora has signed a partnership agreement with ‘Surprise Surprise’ to become the official flower partner for the iconic ITV primetime show. Read more

Calathea: The Sleeping Beauty

Calathea: The Sleeping Beauty

17-09-2014

The Calathea is the Houseplant of the Month for September. A majestic plant with thick green foliage and stems, its leaves are decorated with spattered, varied patterns and like us,... Read more

Floral Extravaganza in Ireland this October

Floral Extravaganza in Ireland this October

16-09-2014

12th October 2014
 Place: Red Cow Moran Hotel, Dublin What's on: Irish Florist Guild Annual Show The IFG’s annual show is nearly here again. One of the most important events... Read more

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Stems in Stainless Steel

04-07-2014

Stems in Stainless Steel

These interesting stainless steel vases may not be everybody's cup of tea but if you’re on the hunt for something unique to offer your customers they could be the perfect...

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New Pure White Hydrangea

30-06-2014

New Pure White Hydrangea

Vollering Hydrangea, the largest cut Hydrangea nursery in the Netherlands, has introduced a new variety of white cutting Hortensia: Fabulous White.

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Cash in on the Proms!

10-06-2014

Cash in on the Proms!

Don't let this season's big profit booster pass you by... Are you prepared for the next peak period?

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Chrysal are Serious about Foam

30-05-2014

Chrysal are Serious about Foam

18 months after Chrysal entered the floral foam market with their ELITE wet bricks, they have now introduced an extended range.

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May: Calla Lily

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Calla Lily: Classic Beauty with South African Roots

The houseplant of the month for May is the Calla Lily! Whether you know it as the Arum Lily, Zantedeschia, or another name entirely, the Calla is a classic beauty with African roots and a sunny disposition.

 

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The Callas’s leaves and calyces stand proudly upright. Bright green, arrow shaped leaves surround young, funnel shaped bracts of pink, cream, yellow, purple, orange, white and even black. 

 

South African Roots

The Calla Lily originates from South Africa – but despite its South African roots it actually grows from a bulb. It was first written about in the 18th Century by botanist Giovanni Zantedeschi, whom the plant was named after. The word Calla, unsurprisingly, means beautiful.

The Calla Lily has been related to Greek Mythology and the Virgin Mary, and is traditionally a symbol of purity and sympathy. The American artist Georgia O'Keeffe (1887 - 1986) painted many Calla Lilies and became famous because of it.

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Caring for the Calla - Love, light and warmth

Because of its African roots the Calla Lily loves light and a fair amount of warmth. Give the plant water once or twice a week plus some plant food to get a good result. Leave any old bracts that become green, but remove them when they turn brown. When the Calla Lily has finished flowering, you can plant it in a sunny position in the garden, where it will die down and return next year.

The plant usually grows to 40-55cm tall, and can flower from three to eight weeks, depending on the care it is given. It likes a temperature of 12-25°C. When it has finished flowering in the autumn and starts yellowing, stop watering it and keep it in a cool, frost free place. In the spring you can bring the plant to life again by putting it in a warm place and giving it water.

The Calla Lily loves humus rich soil which is always lightly damp. If you see drops hanging from the calyx of the Calla Lily, this is called guttation and occurs when your plant has had too much water.

Click here for the Flower Council's dowloadable POS material.

Visit the consumer site thejoyofplants.co.uk for much more plant-friendly stuff.

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Floral Extravaganza in Ireland this Octo…

16-09-2014

Floral Extravaganza in Ireland this October

12th October 2014
 Place: Red Cow Moran Hotel, Dublin What's on: Irish Florist Guild Annual Show The IFG’s annual show is nearly here again. One of the most important events...

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Florint Plans for Industry Improvement

06-08-2014

Florint Plans for Industry Improvement

26th - 28th September 2014Place: BrusselsWhat's on: Florint Member's Congress  Florint, the International Florist Organisation, and Fleuramour have come together to offer a unique florist experience in Belgium from the 26th-29th...

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Fleuramour, a Passion for Flowers

18-07-2014

Fleuramour, a Passion for Flowers

26th – 29th September 2014Place: Alden Biesen, BelgiumWhat's on: Floral Design Celebration From 26 to 29 September 2014, the historical castle of Alden Biesen in Belgium will once again be immersed...

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