March 2014 Flower Gift Club Selection: New Jungle Love

What could be more exotic than finding love in a steamy jungle? We can’t physically take you there, but we CAN offer you our newest tropical bouquet, the New Jungle Love Collection!

THE NEW JUNGLE LOVE COLLECTION . . . The name reflects the fact that every floral and foliage element used to assemble this collection came from the wilds, jungles and rain forests found around the world.

We have included assorted colors of Anthurium (anthurium andrianum) which originated in Jamaica, and was developed and hybridized by the Japanese immigrants in Hawaii.

The collection includes the Pincushion Protea (Leucospermum cordifolium) which is native to South Africa, but is grown commercially in California and Hawaii, as well as Zimbabwe, Australia and New Zealand.

The central piece of foliage is a stem of Tricolor Dracena (Dracena marginata tricolor), which is native to the wilds of Madagascar and the Solomon Islands. Additionally, you will find two stems of Dracena Fragans (commonly called the Corn Plant), which grows wild throughout tropical Africa, and is grown commercially in the U.S. in Florida, Hawaii and California. (This particular plant is one of the most popular indoor plants in the U.S.)

The remaining three pieces of greenery are members of the Cordyline family, also called Ti Leaves. Cordyline is native to the western Pacific Ocean region, from Australia through Hawaii. We hope you enjoy this Jungle Love Collection!

SPECIAL CARE & HANDLING OF YOUR JUNGLE LOVE COLLECTION BOUQUET

  1. We recommend immersing all elements of your bouquet in room temperature water for a few minutes when you first unwrap them. This will take the chill out.
  2. When arranging, remove all foliage that will fall below the water line of your vase. Cut off one-quarter to one-half inch from each stem, being careful to avoid damage. Use a very sharp knife, with the angle cut made under running water or submerged in water. Immediately place in the water-filled container.
  3. In all cases, the water should be just barely warm, a slightly higher temperature than your own body temperature. For longest vase life, replace the water every two to three days, and re-cut all stems, again at an angle.
  4. If a stem appears to need a little lift, revive it by recutting the stem (again, under warm water), and then laying the entire flower in that same warm water. When revived (about thirty minutes), you can return it to your arrangement.
  5. Keep flowers away from drafts and sources of heat. Never refrigerate tropical flowers.

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