In Farmgirl world, we find people tend to fall in one of two camps: flowers or plants. It’s a little like the cooking versus the baking worlds. Flowers, like cooking, reward the bold. Start with a recipe and with a few flicks of your wrist and some careful wielding of salt, fat, acid or heat (Samin, we love you!) and you’ve transformed something basic into something truly extraordinary. Though, it’s worth noting, when it comes to flowers those embellishments aren’t likely to be edible. With plants, like baking, the recipe rules. Straying from this set of measurements can lead to less-than lemon bars and catastrophic cookies. Similarly, a little more or a little less H20 (same goes for sun) and your once happy plant pal can start look a little sad between the arms. And while in the culinary world there aren’t a lot of times where middle ground can be found (think of how many failed desserts you’ve seen on Top Chef) here at Farmgirl, we’ve managed a meeting of the minds with flowering plants. From hydrangeas to orchids to lavender (oh my!) we’re happy to marry two of our most favorite things. Follow along below for our top tips and tricks to keep your new blooming beauty blossoming.
Out of the Box Find an easily cleaned spot in your space. Some movement of dirt is normal in transit and you’ll want to be able to tidy up in no time. Remove your new flowering friend from the box, carefully removing any wrapping or shipping materials we’ve included. Shake off any excess dirt, taking care to handle her foliage and other elements carefully. Discard (or upcycle!) the packing materials.
Cool to Care A regular watering schedule is one of the most important things you can do to ensure a long life for your new little lady. To make your hydration sessions a breeze, we’ve shipped her in a plastic pot with drainage holes inside of the decorative outer vessel. To water, simply pull up on the edges of the plastic to remove her from her pretty pot. Pro Tip: we find it easiest to water our plant pals in the sink. Place your blooming bestie in the basin and let the water run into the soil until it begins to run through the drainage holes on the bottom. Leave her in the sink until this draining ends and then replace her back in the decorative vessel. For best results repeat once a week!
Mr. Golden Sun Find your new little lady a spot in your home that gets bright but indirect light. What’s best? We recommend starting her off around three feet from a sunny window. Distance is important here! While sunlight is necessary for her to thrive putting her closer will leave her vulnerable to direct light and heat. Windows magnify the sun’s rays by up to three times. Putting your plant pal in bright windowsill is pretty much the same as putting her under the broiler. Friends don’t let friends bake - keep her out of arm’s reach out of any windows!