Tuesday, March 8, 2016

In the Field: Eriostemon

Eriostemon or also called Philotheca Myoporoides ‘Flower Girl’ or Long-leaf Waxflower is a beautiful Australian Native plant. This hardy evergreen shrub blooms from March through May producing beautiful white star-shaped flowers which emerge from distinctive buds of apple-blossom pink. And being from the Rutaceae family, like lemons or boronias, Eriostemon foliage has glands that release a sweet citrusy scent when touched - making it a particularly appealing cut flower.

What to look for: 
  • Buy when flowers are just opening and buds are light pink. 
  • Avoid bunches with yellow leaves.

Flower Care:
  1.  Keep cool at all times.
  2. Strip leaves from the bottom half of each stem and clean thoroughly. 
  3. Recut at least ¼” off the stems and place in water immediately. 
  4. Do not bash or split stems. 
  5. Always use a preservative as this will help buds to open. 
  6. Replace vase water with fresh preservative every 2 to 3 days. 
  7. Very sensitive to ethylene.
Whether enjoyed alone or mixed with other flowers and foliage, Eriostemon adds a touch of spring to any home or office!

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