All Flowers are Not Created Equal

Cherry Blossom Branches

Cherry is the most sought after of flowering branches and is considered the flower of hope and peace. 

Cherry is now available. Inquire if you want tehse included in your arrangements or just to decorate in your home to enjoy the coming of spring.

Grades of Flowers

Most people don't realize that there are different grades of flowers. For example, roses, the supermarket usually carries the C to D grade size. Most florist carries the B grade roses and there is even an A grade. But the best grade is the AA or AAA grade that is difficult to purchase. Difficult in such a way that you cannot find it in the open market. Rainforest only carries the AA and when available carry the AAA grades of everything from peonies, to roses, hydrangeas, orchids, etc. 

Better Product gets Better Results

The cut life of most flowers are dependent on the basic requirements that makes them stronger, able to survive in less than optimum conditions, and provide a lasting impression. 

Phalaenopsis Orchids by Rainforest


The Butterfly/Moth orchids are probably the easiest longest lasting indoor flowering orchid plant available.

The genus is comprised of 60 + species and varieties mainly from the Asian. Indian to Pacific region. The many varied species  this genus contains allows the most genetic variability to create such dramatic colors, splashes and flower forms.   The genus is most suitable to Hawaii's climate and grow here like their second home. 

Flowering Plants

Most likely you will receive this plant in a ceramic pot from Rainforest. We incorporate cultural techniques with poor grower ability to make a planter design where the plants get watered and foregivness from overwaterng an option within our potting techniques. The best place to keep these plants indoors is in a bright lit room with good reading waulity light for at least eight hours a day. More light is better but avoid direct sunlight as this will burn the tender leaves and roots. 

Indoor Care

As mentioned earlier, our plants are potted for watering forgiveness. We advise that plants are watered at least once per week. Finger through the mossy top layer to find the bark that these orchids grow in. If you feel a dry bark, then the plants are dry. We recommend using a mist bottle to wet the bark and roots thoroughly. Try misting a little wait a while andmist again. The idea is that you want to wet the bark without too much water excess running through. We do recommend that you water at least once per week, more if in a drafty or high traffic area.

Why are my buds drying?

The newly developed buds may tend to turn yellow-brown and never develop. The reason this occurs is many. There may not be adequate humidity in the air, or root zone. These plants are so keen on their environment that their sensitivity to light, water, humidy, if changes drastically can affect the youngest development of your plant. Excessive bud drying may be a result of a greater problem. Too much or too little water. Your plants may be very wet, yet if all the roots are rotten the wilted lack of water effect will resemble the same. See indoor care above. We strongly advise that watering becomes a very important aspect of one's task at the least once per week. 

What do I do after the flowers are finished?

If your plant starts to have dried withered flowers at their stem base (opposite of tips), this natural progression of flower dying is a part of the plants ability to discard flowers which have not been pollinated or make seeds. 

If you want a stem of flowers quickest, we recommend that you cut the stalk to the nearest node. (a node is the first joint that the stem end meets. If you cut just above this node ad continue to care for the plant as prescribed above, eventually the plant will produce a side shoot. This side shoot will make more buds and blooms faster than if from the base of a new shoot. 


After your plant has exhausted itself from making buds and blooms, it is advised that  you unpot the plants from the planter and place these clear plastic pots into a sturdier plastic pt and care for them as regular houseplants. Give them indirect or filtered light where possible. The leaves willburn if you place them in direct sun, so avoid this. If you have a dilute soluble fertilizer you use for ouseplants, you can use it with phalaenopsis too. Water through to be sure the entire root mass gets wet. Remove excess water from collecting and allow plants to get thoroughly wet and then dry before watering again. Phalaenopsis orchids tend to be winter bloomers. That is the short days and cooler nights will initiate flowering shoots to develop. 

Care of Spring Seasonal Branches

Pussy Willow

This early seasonal branch is in the willow family. Areas where winters are cold, the leaves drop in the fall and go through winter dormant as sticks. While it is asleep, it forms caps along the stems, with the true flowers of the plant. These branches can be forced and we do so early. We bring these in while still dormant and with our warm climate and water, they are forced to expand and pop their shells off exposing the silvery white catkins (these catkins also come in black, green, pink, and gold varieties too!) We highly suggest that when you get these from us, it is best to get them out of water and allowed to dry immediately. Keeping them in water will only progress these into full flower, which destroys the catkins and sheds messy pollen. Soon leaves will form and pop off the flowers themselves leaving a branch of sticks and leaves. Once dried they should last about 5-6 years in good conddition. 


Quince is actually the first winter flowering branch. This thorny tipped oddly branched plant is favored by the Chinese and Asian cultures for their irregular upright, downturned and bent angled stems. The flowers come in a white, soft pink and coral-red color. The rare Double Dragon orange is most sought after. The branch flowers slowly a little every day and the flowers themselves are long lasting and open rather large. leaves also soon form and may extend the life of the further by making food through photosynthesis. The care of this branch is to be sure they have ample clean water at their cut setm ends at all times. While drinking very little, the absence of water at any given duration will cause wilting and droopy flowers and buds. Keep branches in a well lit room and enjoy their beauty. It is a favored branch of the Chinese New Year extending prosperity, a happy and healthy family year and great blessings to come. It is the idea that after a long winter this brings hope that no matter, life continues and brings good fortune Flowers makes fruit and fruit brings food to the table. The notion of a floriferous branch are signs that good things are to come in the new year. 


The plum dates back to China as far as any written record exist. It is mentioned in so many texts that it was a very important aspecct of life back then. Why wouldn't it. The flowers are abundant and appear all along their stems. The flowers are a light pink and many people confuse them with cherry. In all Asian cultures it is the symbol for prosperity and good health. The fruits are pickled and also made into many medicinal and culinary sauces and is relished in every way. The actua true fruited plum is a different species than the flowering form but still significant for their meaning for prosperity and good health. 

plum branches also produce the most sugary sap of all the branches. The water gets very foul in short time and we highly advise that the water is changed every single day. This will prolong the flowering stage and keep the water clean. The beauty of the pink flowers are so unique to this branch that many people confuse this with cherry. A very different branch altogether. The plum blossom also gives off a very distinct fragrance, it is the same smell of many Chinese incense burned in homes for warding off bad spirits from dwelling and so this branch also expels evil spirits from ones home. In Japanese Kadomatsu, it is the third element expressing prosperity - often lacking in the pine-bamboo and fake cherry blossom. The true flowering branch is plum. Even a flower-less plum branch is so powerful that it alone will bring prosperity to the home where the kadomatsu sits. The plum branch is a short-lived branch as the flowers tend to open almost all at once and leave little buds to open afterwards. But the show of flowers is so overwhelming and the cultural aspect so strong that it is kept nonetheless.


We have grouped these together because if their flowering habit and care.  Most branches tend to be tall erect and stright up. The flowers bloom along the stem length and can bloom almost all at once or on rare occasions a little at a time. The flowering cycle is short but the colors are vivid, peach, pink, white, etc. The care is similar to Quince. Be sure the water is clean and the stems accessible to it. We usually suggest the water level to be at least six inches deep. Deeper water can drown a branch and prevent flowering on the lower portions of the stem. These branches benefit areas with good air circulation. Some give off a fragrance (or odor) depending on the individual and if kept in an area of good air circulation, no one should complain about it if undesirable to them.  Because these tend to flower at once, it may not last as long as some other branches




The cherry made famous by the Japanese sakura is a unique branch. It is difficult to force and is available after their winter dormancy. The flowers form in spurs that develop along their stems. Mainly at the tips of branches, these spurs tend to produce flowers a little at a time so they tend to last longer. Many cherry have mossy lichen covered stems as they mostly grow in very wet and humid regions and favors constant misting and rainfall. The stems produce either spurs or new growth shoots. What apears to be flowers may indeed be leaves. We usually suggest to remove the leaves as the plant will favor leaves over flowers. The water of cherry should be fresh to keep this branch in good health. The mossy stems may deteriorate  the water faster and recommended to be stripped from the portions that are under water. The usual color for cherry is either pink or white. The standard pink variety is the double pink and the white is a single flower. Both are attractive and is loved by all cultures for their simplicity and beauty. Cherry is basically the last flowering branch of the season. Flowering in March, it is the flower for Girl's Day (March 3) But the timing is crucial as it flowers after the winter months. They need increasing day length and warmth to commence flowering.  Cherry is a very temperamental flowering branch and flowering is based on food reserves held during the winter. Not enough stored food and the plant will develop more leaves the next spring season. 

Featured Seasonal Items

Isreali Peonies

Peonies from Isreal

Peonies during this time of the year are smaller and arrive at a time when no other source for peonies are available. The cost on these is due to the extended shipping to reach here. Most are thinned stemmed and bloom easily. 


The shipping usually arrives Fridays due to the long transit times. We usually hydrate them overnight and watch for issues before they are released for sale. Colors are limited so specific shades are not usually available. 

Featured Notes

The timing for these come at about the time for Spring weddings and proms. The flowers are smaller so pairing nicely in a bouquet or wrist corsage. Ask you r Rainforest sales person for more details.