All flowers require sunlight, water and nutrients from the soil to grow; however, which flowers will grow best depends on your environment as well as your gardening skill. Flowering plants may live for just a few weeks or several years to brighten your home or table. ProFlowers offers a number of flowering plants and bulbs that will continue to grow and flourish with proper care long after the gift-giving occasion has passed.

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Sunlight

While sunlight is essential for flowering plants, some will do well in low-light conditions, including the home or office. ProFlowers Ultimate Office Plant, a peace lily, is ideal if you don’t have a sunny window or spot in the garden. Other flowering plants, including tropical plants, will require more sunlight or a spot outdoors on the porch or patio. All plants and bulbs purchased from ProFlowers include care instructions that describe the amount of sunlight the plant requires.

Water

All plants need water, but those of us with a less than green thumb may be prone to over- or under-water flowering plants. Choose hardy plant varieties for inexperienced plant owners, since these will stand up to both floods and droughts, or opt for visually interesting flowering succulents, like the prickly pear cactus, that require less frequent watering. Save more delicate flowers, like orchids, for experienced gardeners who know how much water is too much or too little.

Soil

When you purchase a potted flowering plant, the pot will contain an appropriate soil mixture for the plant, whether you opt for potted roses or orchids. Some flowering plants, like orchids, are relatively short lived and will never require re-potting. Over time, other plants will grow and need a larger pot. You can re-pot most flowering plants in a generic potting soil mixture, or opt for a soil blend designed for flowers for better results.

Maintaining Your Flowers

Flowering plants will last longer if you keep them in a cooler environment, particularly at night. Keep plants at 60 degrees to 65 degrees Fahrenheit overnight, and avoid temperatures above 80 degrees during the day for all but the hardiest flowering plants. Remove dead and dying blossoms as they fade to allow the plant to focus on new growth. Some flowers, like roses, do best if planted in the garden in the fall and re-potted in the spring.