How to Care for Florist's Plants

Care and How-To

Many florist's plants can serve as long-lasting flower arrangments in the home and make excellent gifts.  What distinguishes florist's plants from other blooming indoor plants is their length of time in the home.  Florist's plants (like mums, poinsettias, and azaleas) are intended to be temporary indoor plants, whereas flowering houseplants (like African violets, orchids, or holiday cacti) are intended to remain in the home season after season.

Purchase plants with just a few open flowers to maximize the duration of bloom in the home.  If transporting florist's plants when outdoor temperatures are below 45°F, be sure to protect the plant with plastic or paper sleeves.  Have the car warmed up and minimize the length of exposure to cold temperatures. 

Many florist's plants have complicated blooming requirements, making them difficult to force into bloom again. Additionally, nearly all of them are not cold-hardy enough in Iowa to be planted as perennials in the outdoor garden. Because of this, flowering florist's plants are usually discarded after the blooms fade.

Learn more about how to care for your florist's plants below.

Information on the Care of Florist Plants

Forced Daffodils

Forced Spring Bulbs

Azalea

Azalea

Hydrangea

Hydrangea

Cineraria

Cineraria

Pocketbook Plant Photo by zivlakovicdarko Adobe PhotoStock

Pocketbook Plant

Miniature Rose

Miniature Rose

Primrose

Primrose

Gloxinia

Gloxinia 

Gardenia

Gardenia

Cyclamen

Cyclamen

Kalanchoe
Kalanchoe

Gerber Daisy

Gerber Daisy

Mum Photo by Hanna Tor Adobe PhotoStock

Mum

Easter Lily Photo by Gabrielle Adobe PhotoStock

Easter Lily

Poinsettia

Poinsettia

Amaryllis

Amaryllis

Paperwhite Bulbs Photo by Annora Adobe PhotoStock

Paperwhites

Authors: 

Aaron Steil Consumer Horticulture Extension Specialist

Aaron Steil is the consumer horticulture extension specialist at Iowa State University where he works with county Extension offices across the state to answer home gardening questions for all Iowans.  This includes information related to trees, shrubs, vegetables, fruits, herbs, perennials, ...

Last Reviewed: 
February, 2023