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Robertson's Flowers

Posted by robertsonsflowers on April 10, 2017 | Last Updated: April 15, 2017 Greenhouse

Caring for Orchids and Succulent Gardens

At Robertson’s Flowers, seasonal plant collections are imported from trusted local growers – as well as the best growers in the industry – and stored, maintained and nursed in our own greenhouse. We take meticulous care of these plants and flowers. And whether you are buying orchids for Administrative Professionals Day, or a succulent garden for a birthday gift, we always want to make sure that your plants thrive once they get home as well.

You can feel comfortable asking us for advice at any time, but here are a few easy care tips for a couple of our most popular items.
succulent gardens

Orchids are a favorite flowering plant, as they add exotic style to any environment and decor. Whether oncidium orchids (shown above) or Phalaenopsis orchids, known for their delicate butterfly-shaped flowers, their care is relatively easy. Most orchids prefer warm temperatures to 85 degrees during the day, and at least 50% humidity – which explains why many people grow orchids on back porches and patios. They prefer bright light, but direct sunlight may scorch them, so be careful of too much exposure. Oncidiums like it when their soil becomes nearly dry between waterings, but never allow the roots to remain in standing water or they will rot and could cause the plant to die. Morning misting of foliage is helpful during periods of hot weather. When watering or misting, using rainwater or distilled water is preferable to tap water which may cause mineral buildup.

IMPORTANT: You may see in orchids sold in grocery stores and other shops advertised with the instruction “Just Add Ice”. However, we recommend that you never use ice cubes to water the orchid – they are tropical plants and this can shock them.
succulent gardensThere are few arrangements more unique than succulent gardens, which are sure to be beautiful conversation starters. You can feel confident either owning or giving a succulent garden because they require very little care and will thrive on their own for the most part. Robertson’s Flowers will arrange the garden in a potting system of rocks and wood chips below the soil to help collect excess water. You can let your garden dry out slightly but do not let it stay dry or dry out completely. It is best to keep it evenly moist. Check about an inch down to see if soil is dry. Hint: Your succulent garden container does not have drainage, so be sure that plants do no sit in water.

Succulents will do best outdoors during the spring & summer months. Make sure your garden is protected from rain & bring it indoors before the first frost. Place in a location that gets at least 6 hours bright light.

We invite you to come visit us to learn more about these and other fascinating offerings. You can be assured that we are committed to providing you the highest quality plants and flowers. To make sure they will continue to thrive once at home, we include a special care tag regarding the container and the specifics of the product with each orchid plant or succulent garden. It’s just one of the many reasons that Robertson’s Flowers has been your best choice in Philadelphia for 90 years.