Transitioning Easter Flowers into Spring

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By Julie Dunmire
The Williamston Post

Long-time Williamston resident Sandy Whelton doesn’t consider herself to be a gardening pro.

“I don’t know anything about plants, I hardly know a dandelion from a violet,” said Whelton.

With spring upon us and Easter season coming and going, demand for fresh flowers has gone up for Vivee’s Floral Garden and Cafe in Williamston. They have a floral options for people at a variety of skill levels.

If you’re one of those people like Sandy, who think that they kill all plants, bouquets are probably more your speed, according to Michelle McDevitt, manager at Vivee’s.

McDevitt says to trim the plant’s stems as soon as you get them home. Focusing on changing the water in your fresh-cut bouquets around every two days, as well as mixing in the package of flower food given to you by your florist is all you really have to worry about.

Easter planters, however, can get a little more complicated. Most potted plants aren’t good candidates for being replanted, due to a Michigan “spring” feeling and looking more like winter.

However, McDevitt does have some tips for replanting indoor plants like orchids.

“As it starts to overgrow, you would want to plant it in a pot just a little bit larger than the original one,” said McDevitt. “You don’t want to go too big.”

McDevitt also says adding a little soil my help, but indoor plants, for the most part, are the ones that best transition from Easter plants, to year-round plants.

Easter and the spring season is a big selling time for both bouquets and potted plants at Vivee’s. They receive orders from online sources, and fill them locally at their flower shop.

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