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Revive your roses with these easy steps

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Even when handled with great care, the heads of your beautiful roses could drop over within a few days of receiving a bouquet.

It’s not that the flowers are old. Rather, it’s likely that an air bubble got stuck in the stem, preventing water from getting in.

With these easy steps, you can bring the roses back to a robust state:

1. Fill a sink with 2 inches of water;

2. Remove the roses from their vase and submerge the stems in water;

3. While they are submerged, cut the stems (scissors are fine) approximately 2 inches from the bottom. A diagonal cut is best as it provides the most surface area for water to get in;

4. Allow the stems to soak in the water for an hour.

When you place the roses back in the vase, they should be in good shape once again. Be sure to add the plant food that your florist should have provided.


4 steps to creating your prom corsage

Another school year is winding down, but not before the return of prom season.

Erica Bixby, Royer’s store manager in Lebanon, visited Fox 43 Morning News today to discuss prom corsages and boutonnieres with Amy Lutz. Erica boiled the process down to four easy steps, with help from Amy.

1. “You always want to start with your bracelet,” Erica said, noting that the options range from sparkly to the classic pearl style that Amy selected. “Blues and blush colors and creams are really popular this year.”

2. Next comes the base ribbon, which helps to keep the flowers in place. It can remain white or be sprayed a color; Amy chose gold.

“Depending on your dress, you want to kind of match the dress,” Erica said. “It’s always better to complement. And we’ll spray that just to give it a little pop of color.”

3. For flowers, options include sweetheart roses, dendrobium orchids, daisies, mini carnations with accent flowers (babies breath, delphinium florets, caspia, statice). Amy opted for white sweetheart roses, which Erica said are the most popular choice. “We go through a lot of white sweethearts this time of year,” she said.

4. Erica suggested adding “a pop” of fancy ribbon (silver or gold) or some sparkle (gems, rhinestones, pearls).

For a finishing touch: a light spray of glitter.

Of course, the guy’s boutonniere should match his date’s corsage.

“So maybe we’ll do two sweetheart roses with the gold ribbon,” Erica suggested.

This year, Royer’s added a “corsage builder” section on its website. For the less adventurous, pre-styled corsages and boutonnieres are available, too.

And if you’re not quite sure or want some hands-on help, you can always visit a Royer’s store.

“We’re here to help,” Erica said.


Royer’s giving back portion of online prom sales to area high schools

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Area high schools compete in many ways, from football games to tennis matches, debates to television quiz shows.

Here’s a new one for them to consider: prom flowers. Except in this competition, there are only winners.

For the first time, Royer’s Flowers is returning a percentage of online prom sales to participating area high schools in the form of cash or flowers. For total sales of $2,500 or more, schools will earn 15 percent; for sales below $2,500, they will earn 10 percent.

The schools can use the reimbursed cash or flowers at their discretion.

“It’s not school against school, but we are hoping to generate a little friendly competition among them,” said Greg Royer, president and CEO of family-owned Royer’s. “If a school registers and records even one online prom sale, it wins. We look forward to seeing which school comes out on top.”

Prom season has begun and continues into early June. Royer’s has compiled a list of high schools and dates of their proms in the seven counties in which the company operates.

By going to royers.com/prom, dance-goers can select their school from a drop-down menu and then shop for corsages and boutonnieres.

If a school has not registered, it can do so by having one of its prom organizers contact Jaime Kevles at jaime.kevles@royers.com.


The making of our Easter Centerpiece

It’s known in our catalog as item No. 4109, but many numbers go into the making of our Easter Centerpiece.

There’s 10, the number of baker fern. Seven lavender daisy pompons. And five heads of purple statice.

Of course, it wouldn’t be Easter without four glitter eggs, in addition to the arrangement’s other elements.

The accompanying photos show one of our central design teams handcrafting the Easter Centerpiece, no doubt making one just for you!

To order an Easter Centerpiece for yourself or to send to someone else, please click here.


Our flowers are rooted in many places around the world

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North America to South America. Europe, Africa and Asia.

Oh, the places we’ll go to procure high-quality flowers.

We’ve previously told you about our regular trips to Bogota, Colombia, which has an ideal climate for growing roses, for instance.

Here’s a sampling of other flowers and the couuntries from which we source them:

Carnations/alstromeria: Bogota, Colombia
Dendrobium: Thailand
Gerbera daisies: Canada
Gypsophilia: Quito, Ecuador
Hydrangeas/pompons: Medellin, Colombia
Hypericum: Ethiopia
Iris/tulips: Holland
Sunflowers: United States
Sweetheart roses: Holland


Royer’s employees donate $740 to American Heart Association’s Lancaster division

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Royer’s employees have donated $740 to the American Heart Association’s Lancaster division.

In January, employees had the opportunity to purchase red polo shirts bearing the Royer’s logo. For each shirt, they donated $10 to the heart association.

The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke.

Photo: From left, Jill Williams, manager of Lancaster West, with Katie Harlin, executive director, and Danielle Figueroa, Heart Walk director, American Heart Association, Lancaster division.


Terrariums back on the job — and perfect for the office

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Entire TV shows these days are dedicated to tiny houses, so perhaps it should come as little surprise that mini-gardens are popular again.

Royer’s recently reintroduced terrariums to its product lineup. They are individually crafted in our dish garden department in Lebanon and come in rope; dome (small, medium and large); and greenhouse versions.

“You look in them, and you just feel good,” said Cheryl Brill, Royer’s vice president of retail operations, comparing the look of the light-green reindeer moss covering the soil to that of a forest floor.

She described terrariums as a “little tranquil spot.”

“They draw you in,” she said, “and I think that’s part of the appeal. And they typically have a lot of texture.”

Growing plants in transparent containers dates to Greece at least 2,500 years ago, according to University of Missouri Extension. The practice in the United States is traced to New England.

“The invention of the terrarium as we know it is credited to Dr. N.B. Ward, a 19th-century London physician. … While studying a sphinx moth emerging from a chrysalis he had buried in moist earth in a closed bottle, he was amazed to see a seedling fern and some grass growing inside. He watched them grow for four years, during which time not one drop of water was added nor was the cover removed.”

Closed terrariums are best at keeping humidity inside (followed by open terrariums and dish gardens), so they only have to be watered once per week. Terrariums and plants are great for offices as they are known to improve air quality, boost productivity and reduce stress.

 


We’re putting our best ‘Bunny Face’ forward with free kids club event March 25

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Bunny Face, I love you. Bunny Face, I need you.

If you’re between the ages of 5 and 12, you can make your own Bunny Face to bring home for Easter.

The Royer’s Kids Club will play host to a free kids club event March 25 in all stores. Besides making a carnation bunny, participants will receive a balloon.

Time slots are available at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Registration is required by calling your nearest Royer’s store.


The making of our ‘Thoughts of You’ arrangement

Among the thousands of Valentine’s Day arrangements we’ll be making this year is one called Thoughts of You, which this team was handcrafting in our central design department in Lebanon.

This arrangement features shades of pink comprising a rose, alstroemeria, carnations and mini carnations, as well as lavender button poms and stems of bupleurum, all contained in a 5.5-inch pink mason jar.

To send one to someone you love, click here.

 


Postcard from South America: Day 3

Day 3 found Tom Royer and Geoff Royer again in Bogota, again inspecting Valentine’s Day roses, this time at the Multiflora farm.

“The quality was very good from what we saw,” Geoff said. “It’s impossible to look at every bunch we get, but we make sure we go through the process with them about the cut point, again.”

As noted in our Day 2 entry, cut point is crucial. It’s the stage in a flower’s life when it is cut from the plant. The cut point has to be just right to ensure that our customers get the best quality and most value from their flowers.

Multiflora has invested in its processes to make them more accurate and efficient. Workers used to grade flowers in the field, so it was not as accurate as it could be, Geoff said.

Now the only thing they do in the field is sort the roses, long-stem vs. short stem. Now there’s a post-harvest building where the roses are graded more accurately, prepped and packed in boxes for shipping to customers such as Royer’s.

Multiflora now cools its loading dock, so there is no break in the “cold chain” between the post-harvest building, the loading dock, and the refrigerated trucks that will transport the roses to the airport.

“The better that flowers can be kept cold, the longer they will last throughout the process and for our customers,” Geoff said.

Multiflora is switching to a hydroponic growing system, so the plants are growing in raised beds rather than directly in the ground. This gives the farm more control over the nutrients the plants receive — and increases the yield by 50 percent.

Headed for home

Tom and Geoff also visited the Hossa farm, which provides us with spray roses (multiple small blooms per stem). But the focus of this stop was Hossa’s lilies.

Hossa has developed new varieties that produce more blooms per stem. And like Multiflora, Hossa has improved its processes, namely packing.

“They tightened the lilies into the boxes better so during transport they don’t shift,” Geoff said. “If the lilies shift in the boxes, it damages the buds and leaves bruising and creasing once the flowers open up.”

Their farm tours completed, Tom and Geoff are going their separate ways. Tom will fly to Miami for another inspection of the Valentine’s Day shipments, ensuring the highest quality before the flowers are packed on our truck for delivery to our Lebanon distribution center.

Geoff is headed back to Pennsylvania, arriving in Lebanon in time for the start of Valentine’s Day production Saturday in our central design department.

There, teams of Royer’s employees will handcraft thousands of holiday arrangements using the roses, carnations and other Colombian-grown flowers that Geoff and Tom saw firsthand only days earlier.