6 Tips for Finding the Best Get Well Flowers for Someone June 25, 2019 06:02
When you hear a friend or loved one is ill, the first thing you want to do is help. You might visit them at home to cook them a meal. Or you might visit them in the hospital to keep them company. But if visiting isn't possible, then send a message to let them know you're thinking of them. It'll help boost their spirits, which is exactly what they need to get on the mend faster.
One of the best ways to send a message is by sending flowers. Studies have shown that flowers trigger your so-called 'happy' brain chemicals: dopamine, oxytocin, and serotonin.
But how do you know what to send? Read on to learn how to choose the best Get Well flowers.
1. Does Your Friend or Loved One Have Allergies?
If they're already ill, you don't want to make them worse by provoking allergies. And if they're at home, don't send something like lilies if they have cats. The pollen is toxic to them.
Also avoid flowers like daisies, sunflowers, chrysanthemums or goldenrod. They produce a lot of pollen which makes allergies much worse.
But there are plenty of flowers you can send instead.
Choose hypoallergenic plants like succulents. They're easy to look after and they'll last well beyond your loved one's illness. You can also choose arrangements with different plants for more color and variety.
Geraniums are hardy flowers and you can find them in a range of bright colors. Clematis, periwinkle, and columbine are also good options for allergy sufferers.
2. Think of Where the Person is Staying
Is your loved one ill at home? A blooming plant is a better option than a bouquet. Something like a potted hydrangea is an unusual choice but it'll last longer than cut flowers.
Incidentally, hydrangeas are also an excellent choice for allergy sufferers.
Potted pansies are another good choice. Their bold colors make them an attractive plant to have nearby and the flowers symbolize loving thoughts.
For loved ones in the hospital, try a colorful bouquet. It'll brighten a boring hospital room and cheer them up.
Peonies are a fantastic flower in spring, with their spectacular blooms. They represent healing and good health. Daisies are a good springtime choice and liven up any room.
You can also go down the seasonal route and choose flowers that your loved ones might see outside. It'll help them feel involved in the world beyond their window.
Or pick a bouquet of many blooms to give your friend something more interesting to look at throughout the day.
3. The Best Get Well Flowers Last
Certain blooms are known for having a better vase life. These long-lasting flowers are a better choice if your loved one will be staying in the hospital for more than a few days.
It'll save you from having to send multiple bouquets. And the hospital staff won't have to keep disposing of wilted blooms.
Phalaenopsis orchids are a good choice, since many blooming varieties flower for weeks at a time. They're also easy to care for, needing minimal watering. Orchids will easily outlast their illness.
Chrysanthemums in their cut form provide a lot of color. Choose your loved one's favorite color, or pick colors that are naturally more cheerful, like orange, yellow, or pink.
Carnations are also a fabulous option. Red carnations represent perseverance and strength, which is a wonderful symbol to give your loved one while they recover.
4. Choose Plants That Are Easy to Look After
Specialty flowers may look and smell great, but they require more care and attention that your loved one might not be able to give.
Hardy flowers that only need sunlight and water are better choices.
Hostas need minimal water and sunlight. They're also good for allergy sufferers and many varieties are unscented.
Zinnias, delphiniums, and gladiolus also last a long time. They provide plenty of color and spread cheer to whoever receives them.
To get zinnias to last a long time, change the water every two days. Chrysanthemums need fresh water every day.
Make sure you remove carnation petals or leaves that land in the water. Otherwise, it can change the bacteria balance for the flowers.
5. Use Flowers to Send a Message
Make sure you send flowers as soon as you can. The simple act of sending them shows the person matters to you, which can help boost their mood.
The language of flowers was a popular way to send secret messages during the Victorian era.
A sweet basil plant shows you're sending good wishes.
The cactus represents endurance while white heather symbolizes protection. Mixed zinnias mean you're thinking of an absent friend.
Daffodils show you're sending your regards. Giving daffodils as a gift also symbolizes good luck for the recipient.
Just beware the old folklore not to bring daffodils into a house while chickens are sitting on eggs!
Yellow flowers, in general, are a great choice because they're so brigh and give off a "happy" vibe.
6. Check if They're Injured or Ill
An injured person can stand more heady scents in 'get well' bouquets. So you might send something highly fragrant like freesia or lilacs to a friend recovering from a broken leg.
Cheerful fragrances can help boost their mood.
But an ill person might not be able to stand such perfumes. Choose quieter blooms (or succulents) to say 'get well soon' without overpowering them.
Or choose something more unusual like lavender stems. Their quiet scent can help improve sleep, which is something ill patients need to heal faster.
The scent of lavender may also help combat anxiety. Just another reason to send a bouquet including lavender.
Now You Know Which Flowers to Send to Say 'Get Well'
Flowers are a thoughtful gift and putting a little time into choosing the right ones is a great way to show you care.
With such a dazzling array of flowers and plants to choose from, you'll be able to pick the right gift for your friend or loved one.
If you're still looking for the best Get Well flowers to send, then browse our selection of bouquets and potted plants.