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Time for a rethink?

Time for a rethink?

20-10-2014

One subject that remained top of the groans list throughout the summer are the relays. Given it is obviously a global issue I wonder what would happen if every florist... Read more

Please don't be boring!

Please don't be boring!

20-10-2014

What I don’t like about supermarkets is that they have all got so BORING in their offerings and oddities aside (apparently Waitrose will be having glow in the dark roses... Read more

Don't be sniffy, be savvy

Don't be sniffy, be savvy

20-10-2014

I clocked an outpouring about blue lilies being sold in Tesco.  I nearly posted a shot of their equally bizarre looking blue Phaelanopsis but held back as A) didn’t want... Read more

Why GFG is on hold

Why GFG is on hold

20-10-2014

Am I selling up?  Let’s face it every business is for sale at the right price.  And in my case to the right people as well.  Because what all the... Read more

Stop moaning - get going

Stop moaning - get going

20-10-2014

OMG … can’t believe it’s been June since I wrote anything.  Very naughty of me but, having decided to take a sabbatical while daughters went through big exams and moved... Read more

'Tis the season to ... get counting!

'Tis the season to ... get counting!

20-10-2014

This week, efig members will start counting baubles, Christmas trees and donations as part of their Working Christmas Trees Week initiative to raise money for charity. 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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Events

Could you be Crowned RHS Chelsea Florist…

20-10-2014

Could you be Crowned RHS Chelsea Florist of 2015?

It's one of the highest honours in our industry and is internationally recognised within and outside of the flower world – becoming RHS Chelsea Florist of the Year sure is...

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