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The Instacart buying guide to flora

The Instacart floral section is a great destination for all things blooming and beautiful. You can shop this department for potted plants, cut flowers, seeds, and gardening supplies. If you want to add some gorgeous growth to your home or landscape, it's handy to know what to shop for. Here are some tips to help you purchase the best floral items for your needs.

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Buy your favorite floral online with Instacart. Order fresh cut flowers, potted herbs, potted plants, and more from local and national retailers near you and enjoy on-demand, contactless delivery or pickup within 2 hours.

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When you first receive your bouquet delivery through Instacart, trim 1-2in off the ends of the flower stems with garden shears. Cut the stems at an angle, so they don't sit flat against the bottom of the vase and inhibit water intake. Prune off any leaves that would go below the waterline.

Fill a clean vase with fresh water and mix in a packet of flower food. Make sure the food is completely dissolved before adding the flowers. Change the water and add fresh flower food every two to three days to help your flowers last.

You'll need some kind of container to display cut flowers properly, but this doesn't necessarily have to be a traditional vase. You might also use a mason jar, bottle, pitcher, or another container. 

If you're having trouble getting your blooms to hold their arrangement, consider placing rocks or marbles in the bottom of the container for added support. In general, your flowers should be no more than 11/2-2 times the height of the vase. 

Keep your flowers out of direct sunlight and drafts. Avoid especially hot parts of the home, such as the countertop beside your stove. Fruit gives off a small amount of ethylene gas as it ripens, which will shorten the lifespan of your flowers, so don't place your arrangements near fruit.

If you prefer the longevity of potted plants, you'll find many live plants that you can purchase from the floral department of select stores. To keep your potted plants alive and healthy, it's important to:
  • Choose a pot that provides drainage.
  • Use nutrient-rich potting soil.
  • Provide the appropriate amount of water and light, depending on the type of plant.
  • Learn how to feed your plant and provide it with the nutrients it needs most.
All plants are different, so it's important to read up on the particular type of plant you have. Don't leave your plant in the soil and container that it comes in from the store. If you don't have potting soil, plant food, and a well-draining container on hand, you can often add these items to your order through Instacart, so you'll get everything you need in one delivery.

Many floral departments carry seeds so you can grow flowers (as well as fruits and vegetables) for yourself. The first step to selecting seeds is determining your zone. This varies depending on your location. Each seed has its own preferred zone. Check the USDA's Plant Hardiness Zone Map to find out where you're located.

Next, examine your garden. Does it get full sunlight, partial sunlight, or shade? Each seed packet will tell you how much sun the plant needs. To further narrow your selection, you can evaluate your soil to determine if it's sandy, loamy, clay, alkaline, or acidic. While the soil is an important factor, this is one element that you can adjust with effort if you're willing to invest in amendments for your soil.

Check the seed packet guidelines or research plants that you're interested in to determine which will grow best for you.

You may see a lot of plant food products as you're browsing the floral section of your favorite stores. Nearly all plants will benefit from regular feedings with the right products. Most types of plant food contain the three most essential nutrients — nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. Calcium and magnesium are included in many plant foods as well. As mentioned above, researching the plants in your garden will give you a more detailed idea of what they need.

Even potted plants need plant food. The limited amount of soil they have access to in your home can become depleted quickly. Feed your plants just as you water them to make sure they have everything they need to thrive.

Order cut flowers, potted plants, and more through Instacart and add bright blooms to your home with delivery in as little as 2 hours.
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