Archive for August, 2010

Harvard Research Study Shows the Effects of Fresh Cut Flowers

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

A 2006 Behavioral Research Study Demonstrates How Flowers in the Home Make a Positive Impact on Our Lives

In 2006, Nancy Etcoff, Ph.D., of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School studied the effects of fresh-cut flowers on a person’s mood.  The behavioral study found that people feel more compassionate toward others, have less worry and anxiety, and feel less depressed when flowers are present in the home.

There were three main findings from the study:

  1. Flowers feed compassion.
  2. Flowers chase away anxieties, worries and the blues at home.
  3. Living with flowers can provide a boost of energy, happiness and enthusiasm at work.

To read the full story from the American Society of Florists and the Flower Promotion Organization, click here

It is not always about stopping to smell the Roses…

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Not every roses is scented.  In fact, there is a direct correlation between scent and longevity. The more fragrant a rose is, the shorter the vase life.  We know that many people enjoy the scent of roses, however more and more rose breeders are growing roses without scents.  This is to help add a longer life to your favorite rose.  For more information on our roses and which ones are scented, please visit our rose library.  There you will find information on each of our more than 150 varieties of roses and the amount of scent they may have.

Not all roses have a scent...which is sometimes a good thing!

Our Farms Care for All Creatures Great and Small

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

As part of its commitment to creating and maintaining a wildlife sanctuary – a directive of the Rainforest Alliance, Ipanema Farms – one of the farms that supplies Passion Growers with roses on an exclusive basis – is proud to show off their extended family.  The Bogata Tingua is an endangered species and has created a home at the farms. The Bogota Tingua can be considered one of the emblematic birds of Colombia, as it is endemic in the country and they live in one of the most densely populated parts of the country.

The Bogata Tingua Makes a Home at our Farms

Did You Know…

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Adding just a little bit of bleach can help extend the vase life of your roses!

That adding bleach to your fresh cut flowers can help extend the vase life of your roses?  Use this method in place of the recommended flower food when you have run out or no food is available.

It’s simple, just add a 1/4 teaspoon of regular bleach to each quart of water used in your vase.

Spray Rose Care and Handling

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

We want our rose lovers to enjoy their Passion Growers spray roses as long as possible.  Here are some simple tips to help maintain the life of your spray roses.

• Fill a clean vase with room  temperature water

• Dissolve fresh flower food packet in water (follow recommended water/food ratio)

• Trim about one inch off the bottom of the stems using a diagonal cut

• Remove all foliage that will be below water level

• Place flowers immediately into vase

• Place flowers in a draft free location, away from excessive heat, cold, and direct sunlight

•Flowers drink water quickly!

Check water levels daily, adding more water and flower food solution as needed.  It is not necessary to change the water daily.  We recommend following the steps listed above when changing the water to ensure long-lasting flowers.

Important Note:

The growth of bacteria contributes to the deterioration of fresh flowers.  To minimize bacteria, wash and sanitize your containers and cutting utensils thoroughly after each use.

Most importantly enjoy, and always remember to Grow with Passion!

Rose Care and Handling

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Passion Growers wants to be sure that your roses last as long as possible so that you have as much time to enjoy them as we did growing them!  Here are some important care and handling tips for ensuring the health and vitality of your Passion Growers roses.

• Fill a clean vase with room  temperature water

• Dissolve fresh flower food packet in water (follow recommended water/food ratio)

• Trim about one inch off the bottom of the stems using a diagonal cut

• Remove all foliage that will be below water level

• Place flowers immediately into vase

• Place flowers in a draft free location, away from excessive heat, cold, and direct sunlight

•Flowers drink water quickly!

Check water levels daily, adding more water and flower food solution as needed.

It is not necessary to change the water daily.  We recommend following the steps listed above when changing the water to ensure long-lasting flowers.

Important Note:

The growth of bacteria contributes to the deterioration of fresh flowers.  To minimize bacteria, wash and sanitize your containers and cutting utensils thoroughly after each use.

Most importantly enjoy, and always remember to Grow with Passion!

New York Times: Flower Arranging Finds a Younger Audience

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Flower Arranging Finds a Younger Audience

By EMILY WEINSTEIN

Published: August 4, 2010

A great article in the New York Times (August 4, 2010) discussing how flower arranging finds a younger audience. We hope you too find your inner floral arranger and imagine what you can create using Passion Growers’ roses. With more than 150 varieties to choose from there is a color perfect for you, your home, or your occasion. Check out www.PassionGrowers.com for a list of stores that carry our roses in your neighborhood.

New images from PG

Monday, August 2nd, 2010