Flower and Plant Care Frequently Asked Questions - Fiona Penny at Sunflowers Florist Weymouth

Flower and Plant Care Frequently Asked Questions

We want you to get the best out of our lovely displays and plants. We’re often asked for advice of all sorts of questions so we thought let’s start to add some of these questions and answers to our website, we hope you find this section useful, please pop back from time to time as we’ll be adding more questions from time to time …

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How do I remove lily pollen from clothes and soft furnishings?

Lily pollen can be a pesky nuisance! I would advise pulling the pollen off the anthers as the buds open. Preferably with a tissue to avoid staining your fingers. If you do have an accident, DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT rub it! especially with a wet cloth! Just gently brush it with a soft paint brush or cover the stain with sellotape and gently pull off.

My Roses have wilted what should I do?

When you receive roses you should always cut an inch off the stems at a slant. This enables the stem to take in as much water as possible. There are several suggestions of putting coins, bleach, lemonade, guinness, aspirins and the latest, even viagra tablets and probably many more obscure things in the water. My advice is simply to make sure your vase is spotlessly clean and if anything, a packet of flower food which any good florist will supply with your flowers. This helps to kill the bacteria in the water. If your roses do flop, then re cut the stems, roll in newspaper covering the heads so they stand up straight and dip the stems into a jug of boiled water for 30 seconds then plunge straight into your fresh, clean, cold vase of water and leave overnight. If the rose heads are not too past it this should help perk them up by morning. It helps release any airlocks in the stem.

I want blue flowers for my wedding. I have been told this is a difficult colour?

We find blue flowers are often asked for. Here is a list:-


  • Agapanthus
  • Iris,
  • Muscari
  • Hyacinths
  • Anemones


  • Cornflowers (these I would say are the bluest)
  • Delphinium
  • Eryngium
  • Gentiana
  • Stattice
  • Nigella
  • Hydrangea

If you don’t mind dyed flowers there are also blue roses!

How do I revive my wilting cyclamen plant?

Cyclamen are grown from a corm and like to be watered from underneath. They should be placed in a dish to be watered but do not leave sat in water! If they droop, the best thing is to place your poorly plant in a bowl with a couple of inches of boiling water. The steam will rise up and make flowers stand up all happy again! I would leave for approximately 20 minutes and then let it drain.

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