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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 (and your favorite Flower of the Month Club!).

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

This year we have added to the depth and variety in your bouquet by including a stem of Red Ginger (alpinia purpurata), and a Heliconia Tropic Fleur, a flower native to Central and South America, but one that flourishes in the warm humid Hawaiian microclimate. The collection is enhanced by the Pincushion Protea (Leucospermum cordifolium), native to South Africa, but grown commercially in California and Hawaii, as well as Zimbabwe, Australia and New Zealand. Plus, we’ve included another variety of Heliconia to the mix.

The collection includes an assortment of foliage from the Marginata families, which further enhances the lovely collection. Included are Dracena Warneki, native throughout tropical Africa and grown commercially in the U.S. in Florida, Hawaii and California as one of our most popular indoor plants. The remaining stems of foliage are Hala leaves, and an unusual Podocarpus branch.

We hope you enjoy this newest version of our Jungle Love Collection!

SPECIAL CARE & HANDLING OF YOUR NEW JUNGLE LOVE COLLECTION BOUQUET

1)  We recommend taking the chill out of the flowers by totally immersing all elements of your bouquet in room temperature water for a few minutes as soon as you unwrap them.

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 add the enclosed plant food, then place the flowers 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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