Battle of the Florists: Starring Daffodils and Jonquils

Welcome to our latest Flowers for Everyone Battle of the Florists design challenge! The star of this month’s floral design challenge are daffodils and jonquils. We love these cheery little flowers filling our stores with their beauty and fragrance at the moment (insert happy dance)!

What better way to lift the spirits during winter than a bunch of happy yellow daffodils or creamy, perfumed jonquils?

VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE

Our Balgowlah and Sydney CBD stores have gone up against each other this month, with one design condition – the daffodils or jonquils must be the star of their flower arrangement.

Have your say! VOTE for your favourite design here and go into the draw to win a $50 gift certificate with Flowers for Everyone (valid for Sydney metro deliveries or store pick only folks!).

SYDNEY CBD ENTRY

Our Sydney CBD team have decided to go for gold and cast daffodils as the solo star of their entry. This gorgeous glass terrarium-style flower arrangement is a super stylish way to showcase a ball of bright daffodils. Tucked in a bed of green moss, these daffodils are perfectly styled for a mantlepiece or hall entrance feature. We love this design not only for its simplicity, but for the added bonus of the vase, a beautiful addition to the home long after the daffodils have faded.

Daffodils in Terrarium
Flowers for Everyone Sydney CBD

BALGOWLAH ENTRY

An entirely different take on the design theme, the Flowers for Everyone Balgowlah florist crew have chosen jonquils as their star. This beautiful winter flower arrangement uses poppies and freesias to offset their buttery jonquils, with a frill of nandina foliage adding extra depth and warmth. Love the white pitcher and flourish of hessian ribbon – its rustic charm is sure to win a few votes!

Jonquils and Poppies
Flowers for Everyone Balgowlah

CLICK HERE TO VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE FLORAL DESIGN & GO INTO THE DRAW TO WIN A $50 GIFT CERTIFICATE!

Winners announced 8 August 2016 after 12pm. Prize valid for use in Sydney metro only.

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PREVIOUS BATTLE WINNER

Congratulations to the Flowers for Everyone Sydney CBD store who won the last battle against our Rouse Hill shop with this gorgeous arrangement! Will they be able to hold onto their title this month?

French provincial style tulip flower arrangement

ON DAFFODILS AND JONQUILS…

We dug around in the blog archives and found this beauty of an article, ‘The Naughty Narcisuss”. Did you know that Narcissus flowers provide the perfume world’s most ‘naughty notes’?

“Described as sultry, rich, and earthy, its fragrance is almost a little sharp, with a ‘green’ animalic scent and traces of hyacinth and jasmine. A bit naughty smelling, the narcissus is worn by those not afraid to wear a perfume that makes a statement…”

Not everyone is familiar with the term Narcisuss. So allow us to brush you up on the lingo. The cultivated narcissus come in three different varieties:

The Daffodil: Featuring four to six flattened, grass-like leaves and a flower stalk bearing asingle flower with a long, trumpet like ‘corona’.

The Jonquil: Featuring two to four narrow, cylindrical, rush-like leaves and a flower stalk bearing two to six relatively small flowers with short ‘coronas’.

The Narcissus: Similar to daffodils, but its flattened flower stalk bears four to eight flowers with short ‘coronas’.

We hope you are more enlightened by our Narcissus trivia!

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SHOUT OUT

Big shout out to Daisy May, Stylist from Sydney based Pretty Up! who styles and photographs the flowers for our #battleoftheflorist comp! You can find her cute pics on Instagram @prettyupblog

Florist Design Challenge: Tulips

And the battle of all florist battles is on again! Vote for your favourite in our #battleoftheflorists challenge for the chance to win a $50 gift certificate with Flowers for Everyone!

Pitted against each other this week are the Flowers for Everyone florist team from Rouse Hill versus the super stars from our Market Street CBD store.

THE CHALLENGE

To design a flower arrangement incorporating tulips.

Value: $100

Sydney CBD Theme: French Provincial

Rouse Hill Theme: 1950’s Retro

THE BATTLE

Rouse Hill won the second round of #battleoftheflorists against our Balgowlah store. This week they are up against past champions from our inaugural challenge, the Sydney CBD Flowers for Everyone store.

Now into our third round, we have enlisted Sydney-based stylist Daisy May from Pretty Up to do a styled photo shoot of our gorgeous entries (see below pics). Vote for your favourite design to win here.

FRENCH PROVINCIAL

French provincial style tulip flower arrangement
French provincial style tulip flower arrangement by Flowers for Everyone Sydney CBD

1950’S RETRO

1950's Retro Tulip Flower Arrangement
1950’s Retro Tulip Flower Arrangement by Flowers for Everyone Rouse Hill

Will it be our florist team from Rouse Hill florist shop or our Market Street CBD store that will win this week’s design challenge?

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VOTE HERE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGN & GO INTO THE DRAW TO WIN A $50 FLOWERS FOR EVERYONE GIFT CERTIFICATE.

Stay tuned. The winning #battleoftheflorists florist team and lucky prize winner will be announced Wednesday 6th July before 5pm!

About Flowers for Everyone

Rouse Hill Flowers for Everyone is located GR 5 Rouse Hill Town Centre, Windsor Rd

Phone: 61 2 9629 9266

Email: rousehill@flowersforeveryone.com.au

Sydney CBD Flowers for Everyone is located in the Allianz Centre, Corner of Market and Kent Streets.

Phone: 61 2 9264 4033

Email: sydney@flowersforeveryone.com.au

Flowers for Everyone also has florist stores located in Balgowlah, Merrylands, Blacktown Hospital and the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Sydney, and has been delivering flowers since 1999. Shop online at www.flowersforeveryone.com.au

About Pretty Up

Daisy May from Pretty Up is a brand marketer, events and product stylist, and  interior decorator who loves to “pretty up” life. Whether it be an event, interior space or a photography shoot, she is forever styling to make it more pretty.

Follow Daisy May from Pretty Up on Instagram @prettyupblog  or Facebook, or check out her inspiring blog www.prettyup.com.au.

 

Florist Design Challenge: Ornamental Kale

Welcome to the first of our Sydney inter-store Battle of the Florists!

Pitted against each other for this inaugeral floral design challenge are the Flowers for Everyone florist team from Stocklands Balgowlah versus the super stars from our Market Street CBD store.

THE CHALLENGE

To design a modern flower arrangement incorporating ornamental kale.

Value: $100

Sydney CBD Theme: Appropriate for an inner city industrial style apartment.

Stocklands Balgowlah Theme: Appropriate for a modern beach side home.

THE BATTLE

And here is the outcome. Vote for your favourite design to win here.

Modern Flower Arrangement
Modern flower arrangement incorporating kale by Flowers for Everyone Sydney CBD store

BEACH THEME

Beach Themed Flowers
Beachy flower arrangement incorporating ornamental kale by our Stocklands Balgowlah team.

Will it be our florist team from Stocklands Balgowlah or our Market Street CBD store that will win this first design challenge?

VOTE HERE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGN & GO INTO THE DRAW TO WIN A $50 FLOWERS FOR EVERYONE GIFT CERTIFICATE.

Stay tuned. The winning team will be announced Monday 6th June after midday!

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About

Balgowlah Flowers for Everyone is located in Stocklands Balgowlah, Shop 29, 197 – 215 Condamine Street.

Phone: 61 2 9907 6988

Email: balgowlah@flowersforeveryone.com.au

Sydney CBD Flowers for Everyone is located in the Allianz Centre, Corner of Market and Kent Streets.

Phone: 61 2 9264 4033

Email: sydney@flowersforeveryone.com.au

Flowers for Everyone also has florist stores located in Rouse Hill, Merrylands, Blacktown Hospital and the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Sydney, and has been delivering flowers since 1999.

5 Ways to Decorate your Home with Roses

Love the look of roses in your home? Don’t bother waiting for someone to buy them for you. One simple bunch of fresh roses each week shouldn’t be considered a luxury. A standard bunches of roses (as is, not arranged as a bouquet) from your local florist usually averages around $20. These bunches nearly always come in stems of ten, and are available in a variety of lengths ranging from around 20cm upwards (the shorter the length, the cheaper the bunch).

Roses are one flower that really add a luxe vibe to the home. But not everyone is a natural floral stylist. Below are some of our favourite styling and decorating ideas for roses in the home that anyone can do. But first….you must prepare your flowers to ensure maximum longevity.

PREPARING YOUR ROSES

First of all, remove any thorns or leaves from the section of stem that will be sitting in water (usually 1/3 to 1/2 from the base of the stem). If the rose has lots of tiny little thorns, use an old teatowel in your hands as protection, then holding the rose gently below its head, use the other hand to run the teatowel down the stem. This will remove all the tiny thorns without pricking your skin. Otherwise use a sharp pair of secataurs to snip off those gnarly thorns!

Then using your secataurs, trim 1-2 cm off the end of the rose stem at an angle, make sure your vase or pot has been cleaned with warm soapy water, then fill with fresh cold tapwater.

DECORATING THE HOME WITH ROSES

  1. That ol’ Yarn

Take balls of natural string and arrange them on an occassional table. Place a short shot glass (or similar) in the centre of the spool. Cut one to three rose heads down so their heads sit just above the twine. Add a spring of greenery from your garden if you wish.

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2. Painted Mason Jars

This idea isn’t only exclusive to stylish brides for decorating their wedding tables. Get hold of plain glass mason jars from a $2 shop and paint them with a can of spray paint in your favourite colour. Arrange a ‘grouping’ of jars in identical sizes along a window sill or mantlepiece and divide your roses evenly between. Voila, your room will look just like the pages from a Home Beautiful magazine.

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3. The Humble Tin

Short tins, tall tins, modern coffee tins, Twinings tea tins, vintage soap and biscuit tins. Easily accesible and economical. If using a short squat tin, cut your stems down so the heads sit just above the rim and work in odd numbers when arranging roses (the natural foliage of the stem will help support their position). Alternatively place your roses in a medium to tall tin and make sure your stem height is at least the 1 x times the height again.

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4. Antique Pewter Jugs

Hunt around for an antique pewter jug or teapot in second hand stores. Cut your stems short to sit sweetly in a little jug or place them in a larger vessel. Look for bunches of roses that still have plenty of healthy green leaves on them, as the foliage will help to fill spaces and assist your roses to behave beautifully.

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5. Bottled Roses

This is so easy to do and gives a designer look to your home. Create a display of short and/or tall clear or coloured glass bottles and put a rose stem in each one. Stagger their position and create variance with different height stems. Ideal for when a rose head breaks off – just pop it in a tiny bottle and continue to enjoy!

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Photo Credits: https://au.pinterest.com/ffeaus/decorating-with-roses/

 

 

 

 

Win One of Five Copies of ‘A Year in Flowers’ Book

Answer our four simple survey questions to go into the draw to win one of five copies of the superb floral decorating book ‘A Year in Flowers’.

‘A Year in Flowers’ by Shane Connolly

This superb coffee table-esque book is ideal to unleash the inner-stylist. ‘A Year in Flowers’ usually retails for AUD $80

A Year in Flowers and is an inspirational flower arranging book that uses Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter as a guideline. Flowers in urban and country settings are shown, with useful information on growing techniques and recycling, preparation tools and containers.

Author Shane Connolly has many high-profile and international clients and works by Appointment to HRH The Prince of Wales (he designed all the flowers for the Royal wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in April 2011 too!)

Go to survey now for a chance to win!

Upon completion of the survey you will receive a confirmation with the link to submit your details to go into the draw to win flowers.

SPECIAL OFFER

Orchid Plant and Book

Order this beautiful Phalaenopsis orchid plant and ‘A Year in Flowers’ book delivered in the Sydney metro. Was $135, Now $120

Orchid plant and book

*Plus receive an additional 10% off your order if you sign up to become a Flowers for Everyone fan at checkout!

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Hot Special on Winter Orchids!

We couldn’t help it. The Cymbidium orchids. They were just too good to walk past. So lush. So, so pretty, so crazy perfect. Suddenly we found the Flowers for Everyone van filled to the roof with their pretty little stems. The honest truth? We just can’t get enough of these beauties since they came into season.

Anyway, we thought we may as well share the orchid love. Have ourselves a hot sale on these delectable winter orchids. Our advice is to get in quick while stocks last!

The Single Stem Stunner

single orchid stem

One perfect Cymbidium orchid stem in a cylandrical glass vase lined with a fabulous tropical leaf. Mmm,mmmm. This darling number is currently on sale for only $66 (usually $76). Plus if you are a Flowers for Everyone member, you receive a further 10% off at checkout (it’s easy to join our Flowers Fan Club, just sign up here).

Available in pretty pink, perfect white and luscious lime. So sublime. Order here now.

The Lush Bouquet of Orchids

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Take the vase out of the equation and you have a gorgeous bouquet of long lasting Cymbidium orchids in a delectable array of colour combinations, including pink and white, pink and lime, burgundy and pink, and more! Artfully arranged by our talented florist team using glossy magnolia foliage, tropical leaves and lichen-covered sticks, this lovely lady comes in two and three stem bouquets, or in three and four stem vase arrangements.

Our two stem bouquet option starts at only $66 (was $89!). Check it out here.

The Vase of Orchid Blooms

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Take a tall cylinder vase and wind tortured willow stems inside. Add two or three chunky Cymbidium orchids in pink, white or lime, and voila, you have an elegant and modern vase arrangement perfect for any occasion. And the best part is, they are on sale. And you can re-use this fabulous glass vase in the future too!

Starting from only $99 for a two stem vase arrangement (a $20 saving!). Click here to order.

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What is the Most Popular Mothers Day Flower?

Calling all mums!

What are the most popular flowers for Mothers Day in Australia? We’re running a survey to get an idea of what flowers mums most like to receive.

Will the pretty petalled winner be the ubiquitous chrysanthemums, the most ‘obvious’ choice for Mothers Day flowers? Or will it be the ever-popular rose? Fragrant oriental lilies maybe? Oooooaaah we want to know!

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Most Popular Flowers for Mothers Day

What is your flower fancy? Have your say and go in the draw to win a $150 gift certificate* with Flowers for Everyone.

Use this link to tell us what your favourite flowers for Mothers Day are: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/mothersdayflowers

Upon completion of the survey you will receive a confirmation with the link to submit your details to go into the draw to win flowers.

*Gift certificate valid for flowers and plants only, delivered in the Sydney metro region. Cannot be redeemed for cash. Valid for 12 months from date of receipt.

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Order flowers for Mothers Day now! Delivering all day Sunday 8th May. Go to our website http://www.flowersforeveryone.com.au/mothers-day-flowers/, call us on 1800 66 66 46 or email directly to sales@flowersforeveryone.com.au 

Gourmet Treats with Autumn Blooms

With the onset of autumn we have launched three special gifts exclusive to Sydney, featuring beautiful fall inspired flowers paired with quality gourmet treats.

Our florists have combined autumn-hued blooms in burnt orange, gold, amber, peach, red and yellow with such delectable delights as organic milk chocolate covered roasted almonds, Italian-style hazelnut and chocolate biscotti, and Madagascan 70% cacao chocolate.

All our gourmet goodies are just the thing to curl up with on the couch and enjoy with a coffee or hot chocolate as the temperatures start to drop of an evening (any day soon we hope!).

Autumn in a Box

autumn flowers

One of our best selling flower arrangements, this gift box features bright orange gerbera daisies, golden orchids, apricot roses, red berries and fresh greenery, and is paired with delicious Green Grove organic milk chocolate coated almonds.

On Sale! Save $13.50 Buy Now $69.00*

Autumn Lilies

lilies and choc  chocolate

Our long lasting Asiatic lilies are beautifully gift wrapped and perfectly complemented by a bar of Bahen & Co Madagascan 70% cacao chocolate. Ground from bean to bar in Western Australia’s Margaret River, this fair trade chocolate is both delicious and stylishly presented. Select from three different autumn coloured lily blooms; burgundy red, orange or classic cream and you have the perfect present for any occasion.

Starting from only $58.00* Buy Now

Autumn Roses

autumn roses

This gorgeous rose bouquet of peach and golden yellow hues, autumn foliage and sculptural willow has been teamed with delicious Italian-style gourmet hazelnut & chocolate biscotti. Available in ten or twenty stems. Beautiful!

From $87.50 (10 stems). Buy Now

Plus stay tuned for more autumn floral designs launching via our online shop in the coming days!

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*Prices exclude $11.95 delivery fee. Offer and product exclusive to delivery in the Sydney metro.

 

Autumn Flower Style Tips

Style your home with flowers and foliage in the tones of autumn.

Embrace the change of season and start making a shift from summer brights and whites to warm, soothing colours. You don’t need a huge budget to add fresh floral touches to your living space.

TIP: Bring your vase into your local florist shop. Give them your budget and ask for advice. A good florist will know what works best with your vase and which flowers and foliage provide excellent value for maximum impact.

Flowers and Foliage, Autumn Style

Cymbidium Orchids

Cymbidium orchids have already made their way into the Sydney flower market, indicating an impending change of season. They are not cheap, but are excellent value as they can last around two weeks (sometimes more) if their vase and water is kept clean and away from heaters or direct sunlight. Plus you only need one or two stems in the right vase (tall with a narrow opening) to create maximum impact.

Add a single sculptural leaf or stem of glossy green magnolia foliage with curly, tortured willow for drama and height, and voila! Guaranteed chic.

The variety of colours Cymbidium orchids come in are to die for! Pure white, chocolate, burnt orange, golden yellow, and burgundy are all perfect choices for bringing autumn indoors.

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Fall Foliage and Berries

Nandina, silver dust, magnolia, oak and maple. Autumn-winter foliage and berries are absolutely gorgeous simply arranged en-mass in a vase without anything else. Let the leaves speak for themselves!

A vase that is straight up and down, or wider at the base than the top, is perfect for displaying foliage. The smaller opening at the top helps to make the vase appear ‘full’ with only three to five stems, and the extra width at the base enables you to angle the branches at varying degrees.

Florist shops sell all types of foliage by the stem or bunch. Most varieties are wonderfully long-lasting (providing you keep the water fresh and vase clean), and are excellent value for money. Fresh foliage = Fab feng shui! Your florist can even arrange the foliage properly so all you need to do is pop it in a vase when you get home.

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Photo credit: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/56787645272799002/

 

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Photo credit: http://providenthomedesign.com/2014/09/12/10-simple-fall-decorating-ideas/

 

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Photo credit: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/347199452503028956/

 

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Photo credit: http://providenthomedesign.com/2014/09/12/10-simple-fall-decorating-ideas/

Autumn Branches

Straight or wild, interesting sculptural branches are what autumn is all about. Style your home or office with autumn branches on their own or combined with fresh foliage. Particularly gorgeous if you have high ceilings to add a touch of drama!

You might want to try your hand at an ‘Ikebana-style’ floral design and place one exquisite, gnarly magnolia branch in an earthy pottery vase. Or get your hands on a quirky old alcohol bottle like the one pictured below and fill it with fabulous pussy willow.

You can purchase all kinds of interesting branches and sticks from your local florist!

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Photo credit: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/477100154249068819/
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Photo credit: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/384565255653846877/

Apothecary medicine jars are very vogue right now too, and the brown versions (new or vintage) are perfect for adding an ‘essence of autumn’ to your home. Split an inexpensive bunch of long lasting alstroemeria lilies in a series of jars as per below pic or group together in one big jar.

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Photo credit: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/359795457709449773/

Farewell summer, it’s been fun, but we’re ready for you autumn!

And don’t forget, creating a stylish ‘vignette’ of autumn flowers for the home can be achieved on a budget. Keep your eye out at op shops and garage sales for vases in all shapes and sizes and bee line it to your local florist for helpful style advice.

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Orchid Plant Care Tips

Phalaenopsis orchid plants (pronounced fayl-eh-NOP-sis) are not only exquisite and delicate in appearance, but also great value, with their exotic moth-shaped blooms lasting for weeks on end. They make the perfect indoor plant for either home or office, for male or female, for any occasion.

Learn how to care for your orchids with these handy tips:

Position your plant near gentle filtered sunlight. Window sills are great! If you can tell your north from your south, then growing your ‘phaly’ near an east facing window is ideal. If the sun coming through your window is quite harsh, an orchid plant will benefit from a sheer curtain or blind to filter the light and heat.

Your orchid plant’s leaves should be an olive green. If they are darker, it means the plant is not getting enough light. If they are red tinged, the plant is getting too much light. Once your plant is in bloom, you can place it anywhere in the home out of direct sunlight. If it does not re-bloom, increase the amount of light it receives.

To water, place the plant in a sink of tepid water. Let the water seep through the plant for a minute or so. It is important that the plant drain completely. If there is any water remaining in the crown (where the leaves join in the centre), blot with a paper towel to avoid crown rot.

How often you water will depend on the potting medium. Bark retains less water than moss. If your phal is potted in bark watering once a week is generally sufficient. If your plant is potted in moss, water when the top feels dry (usually every seven to ten days). The amount of light and heat your plant receives will also affect how soon your phal needs watering. Summer months will need more frequent watering, winter will need less. You can generally tell by the weight of the pot whether it has dried out.

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After your Orchid has Finished Blooming

After a spike has lost all its blooms, it starts to turn brown and die. This is the time you cut the spike back and re-pot.

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If the spike is dead and brown along the top part of the stem yet green still near the base, you may be able to grow a new spike to branch out from the existing one. This method is usually done when the plant is a large, well established orchid with a robust root system. To do so, cut the spike just above a ‘node’ where the stem is still green (see picture below). Cut at the same angle of the node. If it is only a small, young plant with an immature root system, just cut the spike completely off at the base. In either instance, re-pot using quality orchid mix.

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A beautiful new spike emerging from an orchid plant should look something like this.

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Just to confuse you, some species of Phalaenopsis orchids (violacea to be precise) do not need their spikes cut as they bloom sequentially from the same flower spike. You may have a violacea species if the plant bears horizontal spikes. Obviously the best way to know whether to cut the spike or not is to know the parentage of the orchid, otherwise just observe the plant. If the spike remains green, leave them alone to re-bloom!

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Get $10 off our beautiful fresh orchid plants delivered in the Sydney metro this week only! PLUS Sign up to become a Flowers Fan Club member at checkout and receive a further 10% off. Shop our Sydney specials here.

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References

http://www.aos.org/Default.aspx?id=217

http://www.repotme.com/orchid-care/Phalaenopsis-Care.html