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Celebrate spring and grow sales with these 3 flowers

A selection of Ranunculus, Anemone, Leucospermum, Fritillaria, Briza (quaking grass), Fern leaf, and Freesia plants make the perfect recipe for a bouquet of colour. Photo: Van der Plas.

It's Spring time, and your customers will want to bring colour back into their life, help them do that with these three plants from Van der Plas.



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12 March 2018

You would be forgiven for thinking that spring hasn’t sprung in Ireland yet following the heavy snowfall from Storm Emma and the Beast from the East, but as the days begin to stretch and the season begins to get busy; you can be assured that garden centre consumers will want to see colour return to their gardens and their homes.

Van der Plas has three  plants in particular which are perfect to celebrate the return of spring and satisfy customers’ needs to bring colour and variety back into their life and garden: Ranunculus, Anemone, and Leucospermum.

Photo: Van der Plas.

Photo: Van der Plas.

The origin of Ranunculus, Anemone, and Leucospermum

Ranunculus originally come all the way from Central Asia. The flower eventually reached Europe where it was given its official name: Ranunculus. The anemone originates from southern Europe and Asia and the South African Leucospermum originally grew on rocky slopes of the south-west coasts in the Cape of Good Hope.

Shapes and colours

The Ranunculus comes in white, yellow, orange, pink, red and purple. While originally orange, Leucospermum now also comes in ochre, lemon and a reddish colour. You can buy Anemones in white, pink, red, violet, and blue. There are around 120 varieties while some have a single row of petals, others have more.

Care tips for your customers

These care tips will enable consumers to enjoy their Spring flowers for even longer.

  • Use a clean vase and fill it with fresh water.
  • Add cut flower food to the water for a longer vase life.
  • Trim the stems diagonally with a clean and sharp knife or secateurs.
  • Place the flowers in a cool spot away from the fruit bowl and not in the sun.
  • Replaced the water once every three days in order to enjoy your bouquet for as long as possible.

Symbolism of spring flowers 

Photo: Van der Plas.

Photo: Van der Plas.

Spring flowers: Ranunculus, Anemone, and Leucospermum are bursting with symbolism, from pride and vanity through to expectation, consideration and honesty. These flowers have meaning and there a plenty of options for giving someone a real surprise.

Bouquet recipe with spring flowers 

Close your eyes and picture the season of spring. Which colours do you use? To really capture the feeling of spring in a vase, it’s a good idea to use colours like orange, blue, purple and white. With so much colour, the vase doesn’t need very much else. A tall, cylindrical vase is contemporary, helps to elevate your flowers and offers enough room for the large number of stems.

What you need:

  • Ranunculus
  • Anemone
  • Leucospermum
  • Fritillaria
  • Briza (quaking grass)
  • Fern leaf
  • Freesia

You can discover these plants and more from Van der Plas’s online webshop for trade buyers.

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