Archive: Flower Facts

Plants Poisonous/Toxic to Pets

How Can I Find Out What Plants Are Poisonous/Toxic to my Dog or Cat?

One of the most frequently asked questions by customers at King West Flowers is “Is this plant toxic to my dog or cat”? Or, “will my dog or cat get sick if it eats a particular plant”?

These are good questions and pet lovers who care about the health of their pets should be asking them. To help you get answers, we have done a little research on the internet to find out what other people are saying. Here are a few sites that look useful. We cannot make judgement on their accuracy. Please do that for yourself.

https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants – this site will leave you bleary-eyed if you read the whole thing. It is very comprehensive.

Part way down the page, there is an icon for a list of the scientific names for all of the plants. However, a bit further down the page there are pictures of all of the plants, toxic and non-toxic. Click on the category you want and then on the name under a plant. This will give you the toxicity information about that particular plant. The only issues that we have with this site are that it does not seem to indicate the part of the plant that is toxic and that it is a bit light on describing the severity of the toxicity.

https://www.hgtv.com/outdoors/gardens/planting-and-maintenance/protect-your-pets-from-harmful-plants – this is a much, much shorter list but we like it for two reasons. It identifies the part of the plant that is toxic and talks about the severity of the toxicity.

https://pethelpful.com/cats/Houseplants-Poisonous-to-your-Cats – this is another very comprehensive site. Although the url refers to cats, it seems to cover both dogs and cats. For each plant or flower, there is discussion about the toxic symptoms and, where appropriate, the part of the plants with the toxicity. However, this site also appears to be a bit light on the potential severity of the plants’ toxicity.

We hope you enjoy both your pets and your plants, in good health for all. And when you want to purchase a new plant, please drop by King West Flowers to see our stock. If you are looking for a particular plant and we do not have it, we will try to get it in for you. You can also order plants from our Online Shop.

Birth Month Flowers

PL030[1]Just like birthstones, there are flowers that are special to a particular birth month:

  • January – carnation or snowdrop
  • February – violet, primrose or iris
  • March – Daffodil
  • April – Sweet pea or daisy
  • May – Lily of the Valley
  • June – Rose or Honeysuckle
  • July – Larkspur or water lily
  • August – poppy or gladiola
  • September – Aster or cosmos
  • October – Calendula or Cosmos
  • November – Chrysanthemum
  • December – Holly, Narcissus, poinsettia or orchid

How wonderful to include a meaningful flower in a loved one’s bouquet. Please give us a call at 416-203-1258 if you would like to do that and give us a few days so that we can order in them if they are not in the store. You can also make a request by using our contact form.

Flower Care

KWFHow do I care for my flowers?

There are a number of things that you can do to extend the life of your cut flower purchase.

  1. Remove all foliage that would be underwater in the vase. Leaves rot when submerged and will shorten the life of the flowers.
  2. Cut all stems at a 45-degree angle, underwater. This keeps the stems from sitting flat in a vase and creates more surface area to absorb water. Cutting underwater prevents air bubbles from forming in the stem. Air bubbles impede the flow of water to the flower, causing them to wilt.
  3. Fill vase with water and the flower preservative provided which kills bacteria and extends the life of the flowers.
  4. Change the water and trim the ends underwater every second day.
  5. Flowers with hollow stems such as amaryllis, lupines, delphiniums and Queen Ann’s lace, need to stay full of water. Pour water into the stem and then plug the stem before putting them into a vase.
  6. Woody-stemmed flowers like branches of flowering trees, lilacs, azaleas, forsythia, crab-apple, cherry etc. should be split vertically about an inch or two up the stem, to enable the branch to draw more water. If the stem is very thick, smash the bottom few inches with a hammer.
  7. Flowers that grow from bulbs need the firm white portion at the bottom of the stem cut off so that the flower can draw water up the stem. Tulips do better if you place them in ice water and keep adding ice daily.
  8. Flowers that have nodes in their stems such as baby’s breath, carnations and sweet William, need to be cut just above one of the nodes so that they can more easily absorb water.
  9. The pollen of scented lilies such as Stargazer or Casablanca is a dye and will stain clothes and furniture. Remove the stamens as the lilies open.
  10. If roses look limp, cut the stems underwater and plunge the stem into boiling water or lay the stems and flower heads in a bath of room temperature water. They will absorb water through their pores. Keep vases of roses full of water.