Frequently Asked Questions 
caring for cut flowers and houseplants

How do I care for my cut flowers?

To prolong the vase life of your flowers, put them in water as soon as you can. Cut one inch off the ends of the flower stems at a 45-degree angle with a clean, sharp knife or clippers before putting them in a clean vase of lukewarm water. Change the water in the vase every two days and remove wilted flowers. Trim the ends of the flower stems by half an inch each time you change the water. Keep your flowers in a cool location out of direct sunlight and away from ripening fruit.

Where do your flowers come from?

During the farm season from April through October, we carry all local flowers from our farm and other local farms. We grow all of our flowers outside in the sun, wind, and rain. We do not use any chemical fertilizers or pesticides, so if you notice a bug in your flowers or a hole in a leaf or petal, think of it as a reminder that your flowers are entirely natural and have not been treated with chemicals.

How do I care for my houseplant?

Visit our houseplant gallery below for information and care instructions for many of the types of houseplant we carry at our Boston Public Market location. Each type of plant has different care requirements, and learning about the needs of your specific plant is the best way to ensure it will thrive.

Why did my houseplant die?

Some of the most common reasons that houseplants fail to thrive are because they are either overwatered or underwatered, which can look similar in some plants when leaves start to droop or yellow. A good clue to know whether they have too much or too little water is to pick up the pot. Does it feel very light, which means it is very dry, or does it feel heavy and saturated with water? Another common problem is plants getting too much or too little light. Many houseplants thrive in indirect light, which means they should not be right on a windowsill in direct sun, which can burn the leaves, but they should be in a room that has windows and is bright during at least half of the day.  Humidity and temperature are also important factors in keeping plants happy.  See our houseplant gallery for the watering, humidity, and temperature needs for your specific houseplant.

Houseplant Gallery

See each type of houseplant below for more information about how to care for your houseplant and keep it happy and thriving.

Air Plants



Croton Plant








Prayer Plant

Snake Plant



ZZ Plant