Flower Blog Archive - November 2006
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Types of Flowers (Grouped by Light, Soil Requirements)
Diversity Of Flowering Plants
Flowering plants, taxonomically referred to as the angiosperms, comprise over 90 pr cent of the plants. The total number of described species exceeds 230,000, and many tropical species are as yet unnamed. During the past 130 million years, flowering plants have colonized practically every conceivable habitat on earth, from sun-baked deserts and windswept alpine summits to fertile grasslands, freshwater marshes, dense forests and lush mountain meadows.
The three largest flowering plant families containing the greatest number of species are the sunflower family (Asteraceae) with about 24,000 species, the orchid family (Orchidaceae) with about 20,000 species, and the legume or pea family (Fabaceae) with 18,000 species. The total number of species for these three enormous families alone is approximately 62,000, roughly 25 percent of all the flowering plant species on earth.
Some of the largest herbaceous (nonwoody) genera of flowering plants include sedges (Carex: 900), lupines (Lupinus: 300), asters (Aster: 600), onions (Allium: 500), rein orchids (Habenaria: 600), tree orchids endrobium: 900), bulb-leaf orchids (Bulbophyllum: 1200), dancing-lady orchids (Oncidium: 500), indigo (Indigofera: 700), sorrel (Oxalis: 850), geranium (Geranium: 375), nightshade (Solanum: 1500), penstemon (Penstemon: 300), and the amazing locoweeds (Astragalus) with an estimated 2,000 species worldwide.
Some of the largest woody plant genera include Acacia (800), Eucalyptus (500), holly (Ilex: 440), Eugenia (600), heather (Erica: 530), passion fruit (Passiflora: 400), sage (Salvia: 500), rattan palm (Calamus: 340), Cassia (500), Croton (700), Prunus (200), Philodendron (250), Euphorbia (1600), and figs (Ficus: 1000). Not only are there at least 1,000 species of figs in the world, but they all have their own "in house" species of pollinator wasp.
Find out more on the diversity of flowering plants
History of the Christmas Tree
High time to plant Amaryllis bulbs!!
Amaryllis is a monotypic (consisting of only one species) genus of flowering plants containing the Belladonna Lily, popularly known as the Amaryllis belladonna lily. Amaryllis is native of South and Central America and the Caribbean. The Hippeastrum genus of flowering bulbed plants is erroneously named as the Amaryllis or Christmas Amaryllis.
Planting amaryllis is easy. They are normally planted in small pots that are just a bit larger around than the bulb itself. A too-large pot is not good for the bulb because it prefers "crowded conditions."
A well drained soil is a prerequisite to grow Amaryllis. More about Amaryllis
Decorating Thanksgiving Plates with Edible Flowers
Kissing Under the Mistletoe
Modern Irrigation Management Practices for Cut Flowers
The industrialization of horticulture is already happeningâjust look at the latest development in conveyor belt cultivation techniques from the Netherlands and the development of picking robots, most notably in Japan and Korea. Modernizing your irrigation system is the easiest and most economic place to start when converting the greenhouse of the past into the flower factory of the future.
You cannot discuss irrigation without first discussing where the roots are going to be anchored. For many growers, choosing a substrate is more an act of faith than a well-reasoned strategy. Simply put, if you want to obtain consistent, high quality results, you must use a substrate that is uniform and consistent. It must offer the same physical characteristics year after year; this will allow you to develop very finely tuned irrigation and fertilization practices. Read more about modern irrigation management practices for cutflowers in an article by Armando Suarez, published by The Flora Culture International.
Pinks, pinks and pinks
The Dianthus chinensis varieties are specially suitable for borders, Dianthus heddewigii for bedding and edging, Dianthus lacinatus for rockery and bedding and the hardy perennial pinks ianthus plumerius, Dianthus allwoodi, Dianthus winteri, etc.) for rock gardens and edging.
Chinese Pinks bear brilliantly colored large delightfully fragrant flowers. The Chinese Pink flowers may be self-coloredexquisitely marked, edged, blotched, spotted, or eyed with contrasting colors. In some, the flowers have finely fringed petals. There are also varieties producing blooms in clusters on upright and strong stems. The name pinks doesn't imply only pink colored flowers. They come in a wide variety of colors viz., pink, rose, scarlet, red, crimson, and so forth.
The pinks are propagated by seeds. They flourish well in sunny to part shady, moderately dry, well-drained, organic-rich soil. A very ornamental plant, it is usually biennial in habit, but can be a short-lived perennial.
The Chinese pinks have high medicinal value. They have been used for over 2,000 years in Chinese herbal medicine. The whole plant is a bitter tonic herb that stimulates the digestive and urinary systems and also the bowels. It is also anthelmintic, antibacterial, antiphlogistic, diaphoretic, diuretic, emmenagogue, febrifuge and haemostatic. It is used internally in the treatment of acute urinary tract infections (especially cystitis), urinary stones, constipation, failure to menstruate and many other physiological aberrations and dysfunctions.
The year 2004 was celebrated by the National Garden Bureau as the Year of the Dianthus. Read more about this from Colorado State University article.
Most Online Florists Charge Too Much!
The reason why this is true is that most of them are not Florists. They are online marketing companies! They take your order, deduct a hefty commission, and then pass the order on to a real florist in the recipient's locale.
For example, on a $60 purchase, the florist that will actually craft your flower bouquet and deliver it to the recipient will receive about $35 to supply the flowers you ordered! Is it any wonder that online floral orders are so often disappointing? And is it any wonder that these online "florists" have terrible customer satisfaction ratings?
What can you do about it?
- First, beware of search engines! Most "non-florists" are multi-million dollar operations. They spend lavishly on pay-per-click and banner ads. They also do an excellent job of SEO (Search Engine Optimization) so that when you search for almost any conceivable floral-related product, their site will be first in line.
This Is True Even If You Have Searched With Very Specific Parameters, Such As: "flowers in Chicago."
- Second, there are several online floral directories that only accept registration from REAL FLORISTS that are actually IN a specific city, or whose trucks actually DELIVER TO a specific city. Examples include: Flower Shop Network, Locate a Flower Shop, Local Flower Shop, etc.
- Third, Read The Product Description Carefully. Sometimes, the picture is illustrative only, and the actual flowers come unarranged in a box!
- Fourth, if you must use a non-local florist to send your order, find a florist with low or (ideally) no service charge. One such shop is The Flower Hut at http://www.flowerhut.com.
The Flower Hut is located in Charlotte, NC. It is a family owned, full-service florist and was founded in 1988. It has a 4 Â½ star customer satisfaction rating from Yahoo! (No online florist has a higher rating!) It is a member of the FTD and Teleflora distribution networks. It features a wide variety of flower arrangements online. With many bouquets, you have the option of customizing the arrangement at no extra charge. And there are no service charges on any online purchase! Visit us at: http://www.flowerhut.com .