We each of our indoor plant gifts is packed by hand into a decorative box and delivered straight to your loved ones door. Although we take every care to make sure your gift is delivered in perfect condition, often when indoor plants are contained within a dark box, even for a short period of time, the foliage and shoots may become discoloured. If this is the case when you receive your gift do not worry as this is normal and the plants and bulbs will revert to their normal colour within a few days. Sometimes the postal carrier isn’t as gentle with our products as we’d like, and you may find that some compost has become dislodged in transit, do not worry as this won’t affect the plant’s performance.
When positioning your plant around your home make sure that you do not place it directly onto the top of your furniture. Instead, place it on top of a map or dish to safeguard against water damage as we can’t guarantee that all wraps, baskets and pots are watertight. This will also protect your furniture against any potential scratches. If your plant has been supplied in a silk wrap, please remove the wrap before watering to avoid leakage.
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For care information on specific plant and bulb varieties please see the care guides below:
Your cyclamen plant will arrive with buds just poking through the foliage. Place in a position of bright, indirect light in a consistently moderate temperature and try to avoid placing near radiators and draughts. A common failure with cyclamen is that the compost is either too dry or too wet. Water from the base if possible and always allow the compost to dry out between waterings. Flagging foliage is usually a sign of over-watering. To check if your cyclamen needs water, lift the plant up and if it feels very light in its pot then it needs water.
Feed with low-nitrogen liquid fertiliser every two weeks. As the flowers begin to fade, gently pull the stem from the base of the plant and remove the whole stalk from the corm. This will encourage new flowers. A few small stones in the bottom of the pot will ensure that the cyclamen does not stand in water. If your plant is supplied with a silk pot cover, please remove this before watering.
Your Christmas Rose makes a perfect houseplant. Provide bright, indirect light and a consistently cool temperature. Avoid radiators and draughts. Water carefully, avoiding the blooms, and always allow the compost to dry out before watering again.
Hellebores can be slow to establish in the border and may take two seasons until they bloom again. To encourage your plant to bloom try not to move it as these plants do not like to be moved.
The leaves and flowers of hellebores can sometimes be attacked by 'Black Spot', a disease that causes black marks. Badly affected leaves and flowers should be cut off and disposed of and the plant sprayed with a fungicide. Flowers winter to spring. Height 30cm (12"), spread 45cm (18").
Amaryllis bulbs supplied loose should be planted as soon as possible. Plant them individually into a pot or box (if supplied) using a good multi-purpose compost. Moisten the compost before planting so that it is damp but not soggy. Fill the container three-quarters full with compost and place the bulb on top. Fill around the bulb leaving the top half of the bulb exposed. The compost should end up at least 2.5cm (1") below the rim of the pot to allow for watering.
Place the pot or basket on a bright windowsill or shelf above a radiator where the temperature does not exceed 10ºC (50ºF). Keep below this temperature to ensure strong, stout flowering plants and to prolong the flowering period when they are in flower.
Water amaryllis plants regularly while in growth and when the flower stems start to show, give an occasional feed with a weak liquid fertiliser and move to their final flowering position. When the buds form, rotate the pot a little each day to keep the stems straight as they will naturally bend towards the light.
Remove dead or faded flowers but leave the bulb in its pot on a windowsill where it will receive plenty of light during spring and summer. Water when the compost surface dries out and add liquid fertiliser once a month. In early autumn, move to a cooler location and stop watering. The leaves will turn brown and can then be removed with secateurs. After a few weeks of dormancy, bring into warmer conditions and commence watering. Soak the compost and let the surface start to dry before watering again. A bud should start to appear. Re-pot every two years following the instructions above, either when the plant is in full growth or just before coaxing the dormant bulb back into growth.
Provide a shady spot with filtered or artificial light and a temperature between 13-29°C (55-85°F). Water the compost thoroughly then allow it to dry out between waterings - do not add water to the centre of the plant. Don’t allow your plant to sit in water as it will rot.
Place your African Violet plant in good, natural light although preferably away from direct sunlight. To water, stand the plant in a saucer and allow the water to soak into the pot. If your plants are supplied in a gold bar, add a small amount of water to the reservoir. Allow the compost to dry out slightly between waterings. Feed every 2 weeks during the flowering season with a high potash fertiliser. Remove fading flowers to encourage new buds.
Airplants are so easy to care for! Simply provide a minimum temperature of 10°C (50°F) and a well-ventilated position indoors, with bright light but avoiding direct sun. During warmer months mist spray the plants regularly with water or specialist Tillandsia spray, especially when situated in a centrally heated room. Should your airplants become detached from the arrangement, simply stick back on with a small amount of clear multi-purpose adhesive.
Position your anthurium plant in an area with good, bright, diffused light, but not full sun. Too much sun will bleach the centres of the leaves and may produce brown leaf tips. Keep away from radiators, draughts and avoid heat sources, which will dry it out too much. Maintain a temperature of 12-23°C (55-76°F). Keep the soil evenly moist (but not soggy) and water with room-temperature water when necessary. Frequently spray a mist of clean, warm water over your plant to keep up the humidity. If your anthurium plant is left to dry out this will cause loss of leaves and yellowing, and will delay flower production. In the winter it should be watered only moderately and exposed to weaker direct sunlight. Feed with a liquid plant food every second time you water. Keep the leaves clean of dust by gently wiping with a damp cloth.
Provide a warm position in a well-lit room away from full sun for your azalea plant. Initially keep the plant well watered using tepid rainwater if possible. Use a saucer deep enough to hold 2-3cm (1”) of water at all times. If you have received the Mini Azalea Trio, simply add water to the reservoir. When the plants come into flower reduce watering but do not let the compost dry out completely. Move to a cooler position to prolong the flowering period. Plants may flower for 10 weeks and can be re-potted.
Place your begonia plants in a position of bright, indirect light in a temperature of approx 19-23°C (66-73°F) and avoid draughts where possible. If you have received a Mini Begonia Trio add a small amount of water to the reservoir and allow it to seep into the pots. If you have received a larger potted plant, add only enough water to the compost to moisten it, not soak it. Begonias are sensitive to over watering so allow the compost to dry out slightly between waterings. Flagging foliage can be a sign of over watering. Remove any faded flowers as they occur to prolong the flowering period.
Choose a position in bright, indirect light and avoid moving your cactus plant as this can cause bud drop. Water only moderately and maintain moderate humidity; buds may also drop if conditions are too dry. To boost performance feed with a high-potash liquid fertiliser every 4 weeks when plants are in growth. Keep plants only just moist after flowering. Plants will flower every year; you will only need to re-pot every 3 or 4 years.
For best results place in bright light but indirect sunlight, and in a cool room where temperatures are close to 12°C (55°F). Keep well watered at all times and allow to dry slightly between waterings. Excessive heat or drying at any time makes them collapse quickly. Discard your plant after flowering.
Place your calla lily plants in a sunny position. Water when the top of the compost begins to feel dry, and water until excess water begins to drain from the bottom of the pot. is almost dry to touch. Apply a liquid houseplant fertiliser once a month while it is growing. Callas are grown from a tender perennial rhizome and can be planted outdoors in a pot or in the garden in early summer. They need a sunny spot and protection from frost as they don’t tolerate freezing. If planting in the garden, remove from the pot and dig a hole about 10cm (4”) deep to take the roots.
Place your campanula plant in a well-lit position but not in direct sunlight. Keep the compost moist but not wet. Remove wilted flowers then plant out in the garden in partial to full sun where it will flower from spring through summer. Not all campanula plants are frost tolerant, so please check the product page on the website to see whether planting outdoors is recommended for our variety of campanula.
Place chrysanthemum plants in bright, indirect light and in a well-ventilated position. Water carefully and always allow the compost to dry out between waterings. Over watering is the most common cause of early failure. Plants are best discarded after their complete flowering period.
Choose a bright position indoors and water moderately. Plant in the garden after flowering for many more years of colour. Very easy to grow.
Position gardenia plants in bright, indirect light with moderate humidity. You can increase the humidity by mist spraying daily or by standing the pot in a tray of moist pebbles. It is essential to water only with soft water or rainwater. For best results apply a balanced liquid fertiliser every 4 weeks while in growth. Your plant will grow for several years. If you have received the Mini Gardenia Trio these can be potted into larger pots after they have finished flowering.
Gardenia Kleims Hardy is supplied as a garden-ready plant in 9cm pot which can be planted straight out into the garden. Eventual height 36"/90cm. Flowers June-August every year.
Choose a bright position indoors and water your gentiana plant moderately. Plant in the garden after flowering for many more years of colour. Very easy to grow.
Choose a bright sunny position such as a windowsill. Water thoroughly when the soil surface is dry to the touch, but do not overwater. Avoid getting water on the flowers or foliage.
Place in good, natural light but away from direct sunlight. Keep the compost moist but don’t overwater. If your plants are supplied in a gold bar, add a small amount of water to the reservoir. Allow the compost to dry out slightly between waterings. Ideal temperatures 24-27°C (75-80°F). Remove fading flowers to encourage new buds.
Hibiscus plants performs best in bright, filtered light. Ensure good ventilation and moderate humidity, and mist spray regularly. Water freely and apply a balanced liquid fertiliser every 4 weeks. If your hibiscus plant is allowed to dry out, bud drop will become a problem. We recommend you remove the plant from the silk pot cover before watering to avoid leakage. Plants may be grown outdoors in pots on a sheltered patio.
Hydrangeas prefer indirect sunlight and can be watered as required. Remove the plant from its pot cover before watering to avoid leakage. The blooms last 2-4 weeks, after which the plant can easily be transplanted into the garden where it will grow up to 5 times its original size. The flower colour will vary according to the acidity of the soil it is planted in. Alkaline soil = blue flowers.
Place your jasmine plant in a bright, but indirect, light in a relatively cool room (max temperature 18°C (65°F). High temperatures will cause your plant not to flower. Water only when the top half inch of compost is dry to the touch. You can place your jasmine on a tray of pebbles and add water to a level just below the top of the pebbles as this will create humidity around your plant.
When your plant outgrows the support, wait until it has finished flowering then loosen from the frame. Prune back the stems that have flowered, cutting almost all the stem away but leaving a short spurt bearing a couple of leaves. There should be some new shoots as well, but leave these alone. This is a good time to re-pot the plant into a larger container if necessary. After potting, insert the support then wind the stems around it, tying them into the base first so there is plenty of room for more growth. Throughout spring and summer the plant will produce stems on which the next buds will form. Tie these in too. After flowering, loosen the flowered stems and prune again.
Kalanchoe are really easy to grow! Position plants in a well-lit position away from direct sunlight, although they will also tolerate light shade. Water moderately when in growth and allow the compost to dry out slightly between waterings. Apply a balanced liquid fertiliser every 3 weeks to extend the flowering season. During the winter and when not in growth, keep plants only just moist.
Place lavender plants in a sunny position indoors and keep the compost on the dry side. You can also grow it outdoors in the garden or in a patio pot where it will thrive in a sunny position. To keep your plants neat and tidy, trim by half after the flowering season is over.
Place the potted lily in a cool room until the buds begin to open. Allow the compost to dry before each watering. Remove pollen stamens to prolong flowering. After flowering do not cut the foliage, but remove the bulbs and compost as a cluster from the pot and plant into the garden. Dig a hole deep enough to cover a quarter of the foliage above the bulbs. Do not cut the foliage until it is quite yellow. Caution: poisonous to cats; pollen will stain.
Water once a week by placing in a container of tepid water until the water comes to the top of the pot. Leave for several hours. Mist spray the leaves weekly.
Provide bright, indirect sunlight, but keep out of draughts. The Passion Flower prefers cooler temperatures during the day, and even cooler at night. Minimum indoor temperature is about 10ºC (50°F). Water regularly to keep the soil moist at all times from January to August. Water less during dormant autumn and winter months. This is a low maintenance plant during the growing season and does not need to be deadheaded. Pruning is basically done to keep the size in check, to remove dead wood and to make the plant fuller.?Can be planted outdoors in a patio pot or in the border, providing a climbing support.
Poinsettias require a light position and can withstand direct morning sunlight. Maintain a room temperature of 17-20°C (62-68°F) and water once a week throughout autumn and winter. After flowering lightly prune the plant back by half, feed with liquid fertiliser and step up the watering to once a week throughout spring and summer. Prune back by one third after every long flush of flower. Your poinsettia can flower for up to six months of the year during the colder months. If you have received miniature Princettias in a gold bar, these can be potted into larger pots after they have finished flowering. Your plant can be grown in a patio pot outdoors where it can withstand temperatures between 5-10°C (41-50°F).
Your rosemary plant is a mature plant, simply provide it with plenty of light indoors until you’re able to plant your rosemary into the garden or a patio pot. Keep the humidity low and allow the plant to dry out a little between watering to prevent powdery mildew from developing. If you live in a frost-free area, you can grow rosemary in the ground year round. Provide a sandy, well-draining soil and a site in full sun. Fertilise in spring with a fish/kelp emulsion. Where the winter temperatures dip below -1°C (30°F) it is advisable to grow your plant in a container and to bring it indoors for the winter. It can be moved back outside once all risk of frost has passed. Repot at least once a year to refresh the soil. If your plant shows considerable growth or dries out very quickly, it may need repotting into a larger container.
Provide your rose plants with bright, indirect light. Water regularly from the bottom but don’t over water as this is the most common cause of early failure. Try to avoid the drying effects of central heating and keep in a cool room for best results. Scented varieties may also be affected by room temperature. Remove spent blooms to encourage further flowering. Although these miniature varieties are bred to be grown indoors, they may be transferred to a sheltered garden or patio pot after flowering.
Solanum plants require full sun to thrive but it will survive with moderate to bright light. Mist the plant often to encourage fruits to develop and keep the compost moist to dry during the growing cycle. Feed with liquid fertiliser every 2 weeks while the plant is growing vigorously, but discontinue feeding after flowering. After the fruits have dropped, cut back drastically. In spring, when all risk of frost has passed, grow outside or in a cool greenhouse. Pinch back regularly to produce a well-branched plant for next winter. Warning: solanum fruits are poisonous if eaten.
These small-leaved evergreen buxus are ideal for topiary. Plant up your topiary plants into their container which should be large enough to hold the frame. Position one side of the frame over the plant and gently push the pins into the pot. Match up the other frame section, push into the pot, then clip together. Trim any growth that appears outside the frame. Grow in either sun or partial shade, but avoid constant direct sunlight. After two growing seasons the framework will be filled. After this, you can trim any growth just outside the frame, or remove the frame and trim the plant to the original shape. After a few years your buxus can be planted into the garden. Prepare the ground well before planting and incorporate lots of organic matter. Grows well in any good garden soil.
A position in bright, indirect light is best with temperatures 15-29°C (60-85°F). Keep humidity levels high by misting the plant with warm water. Placing a drainage dish filled with pebbles and water under the pot is also helpful but make sure the pot is not sitting directly in the water. Water with warm water regularly, cutting back on watering during the winter months.
Orchids will thrive in bright, indirect light but do not tolerate direct sunlight as this causes scorching. They require a steady temperature of approx 18-25°C (64-77°F). Please note that if you place your orchid on the windowsill behind closed curtains at night, this may result in a drop in temperature, which could harm the development of the plant. Water regularly but keep a little on the dry side rather than over-moist. Do not let your orchid plant stand in excess water or be allowed to fully dry out. Immersing the whole pot in water for 10 minutes every 1-2 weeks is the best method. An occasional watering with rainwater will also help to avoid any build up of salts in the roots. Mist spray your plants regularly and feed every 2-3 weeks with a weak, balanced liquid fertiliser. Orchids prefer to have their roots contained within small pots.
From March to September the compost should never be allowed to dry out completely. Water twice weekly and fertilise ever 2nd or 3rd watering with a high nitrogen fertiliser. From October to February, water the plants when the compost appears dried out and fertilise once a month with a high potash fertiliser. It is better to underwater as the plants can stand neglect more than over watering! Re-pot every 2-3 years using an orchid compost. The best time to repot is when the new roots are just beginning to appear at the new shoot's base.
After flowering, all orchids should be placed in a cool, light spot for about two months to allow it to rest. Water sparingly and do not feed during this time. After this period, return to normal growing conditions and steadily increase watering, adding feed to every third watering to encourage flowering. Some roots (known as aerial roots) will naturally appear outside the pot.
Cymbidium orchids prefers cooler growing conditions with an ideal temperature of 7-10°C (45-50°F) during the winter and a maximum of 24°C (75°F) in summer. Keep out of draughts and sharp variations in temperature. In winter water every 10-14 days by flushing the pot with tepid water. In summer water 2-3 times a week if the weather is warm, or less often if the temperature is cooler. Fertiliser: apply a high nitrogen feed once a month in winter, and every 2-3 watering from spring to mid summer. When all the flowers have died, cut the stem right down leaving a 1-2” stalk. Re-pot every second year in spring. Large plants can be divided.
Militonia orchids enjoy high humidity. As each flower fades and turns brown remove it gently from the flower spike. When all the flowers are over, cut off the whole spike cleanly about 3cm above the base. The orchid will then concentrate on leaf growth and should flower again the following year. Re-pot each year using orchid compost.
From March to September the compost should never be allowed to dry out completely. Water your oncidium orchid twice weekly and fertilise ever 2nd or 3rd watering with a high nitrogen fertiliser. From October to February, water the plants when the compost appears dried out and fertilise once a month with a high potash fertiliser. It is better to underwater as the plants can stand neglect more than over watering! Re-pot every 2-3 years using an orchid compost. The best time to repot is when the new roots are just beginning to appear at the new shoot's base.
Maintain a steady temperature of approx 18-25°C (64-77°F). When the last flower fades, cut off the stem leaving 2 nodes (those little brown lines on the stem below where the flowers were) on the stem. One of these nodes will then initiate and generally produce flowers within 8-12 weeks. Re-pot every 2 years.
Enjoys moderate humidity. Mist spray daily in the summer but be careful not to leave water in the centre of the plant overnight as this could cause rot. As each flower fades and turns brown remove it gently from the flower spike. When all the flowers are over, cut off the whole spike cleanly about 3cm (1”) above the base. The orchid will concentrate on leaf growth and should flower again the following year. Re-pot every year using special loose orchid compost.