November 9th, 2017

This week we thought we’d bring you some interesting facts about exotic flowers. We purchase and admire them but how much do we actually know about them and where they come from?

Exotic flowers such as orchids , strelitzia, gloriosa, and anthuriums all have origins in the Americas and Africa. They were mostly transported here for the first time during the 1800s by botanists and plant collectors.

Did you know that the full name of the Gloriosa flower is Gloriosa Rothschildiana. This exotic flower was named after Lionel Rothschild, a well-known British Politician and Philanthropist of the 1800s. Between you and me, I think it is a genuinely glorious flower!

Many of you have probably admired the mesmerizing beauty of the Strelitzia. This flower owes it’s name to the wife of King George the 3rd, Charlotte Strelitz who was an avid plant collector in the 18th Century. However, it is also known as the Bird of Paradise and the beauty that encompasses this flower is sure to be the reason why.

Orchids are pretty amazing flora that mimic a wide variety of insects and small birds which feast only on their nectar. There are countless varieties of orchid on the planet with more being discovered all the time.

The flower of the Anthurium is not the waxy heart shaped blossom but the finger like bract that sticks out quite proudly. There are just as many different bract colours as there are Anthuriums. The name Anthurium derives from the Greek words,  Anthos and Oura which mean flowering and tail.

An interesting fact to note is that most exotic varieties have little to no perfume. This means that they rely almost totally on colour to attract pollen gatherers and in many cases, they have actually evolved to look like them too.

Majority of people tend to think that these wonderful flowers are difficult to care for however, caring for tropical and exotic cut flowers is actually easier than one might initially think:

  1. Upon arrival at your home, one must trim the stem ends with a sharp knife. Aim for a clean diagonal cut as this is best. We must stress that you do not bash with a hammer.
  2. Following this, fill a vase with tepid tap water and use cut flower food to sustain the flower whilst also keeping the vase clean and free from bacteria.
  3. Most importantly keep them away from draughts.

Tropical flowers are best kept in temperatures of 20%.