Beating the “Winter Blues” with Beautiful Flowers

Many people feel depressed during the winter. Call it “cabin fever” or “winter blues.” The fact is that the lack of exposure to sunlight and outdoor activity tend to keep our spirits down. Many of us turn to food to cheer us, but that only adds to our waistline. For a real pick-me-up try the scientifically proven remedy: fresh cut flowers!

According to recent behavioral research conducted at Rutgers University, nature provides us with a simple way to improve emotional health – flowers. The presence of flowers triggers happy emotions, heightens feelings of life.

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“What’s most exciting about this study is that it challenges established scientific beliefs about how people can manage their day-to-day moods in a healthy and natural way,” said Jeannette Haviland-Jones, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at Rutgers and lead researcher on the study.

Research Findings

A team of researchers explored the link between flowers and life satisfaction in a 10-month study of participants’ behavioral and emotional responses to receiving flowers. The results show that flowers are a natural and healthful moderator of moods.

  1. Flowers have an immediate impact on happiness. All study participants expressed “true” or “excited” smiles upon receiving flowers, demonstrating extraordinary delight and gratitude. This reaction was universal, occurring in all age groups.
  2. Flowers have a long-term positive effect on moods. Specifically, study participants reported feeling less depressed, anxious and agitated after receiving flowers, and demonstrated a higher sense of enjoyment and life satisfaction.
  3. Flowers make intimate connections. The presence of flowers led to increased contact with family and friends.

“Common sense tells us that flowers make us happy,” said Dr. Haviland-Jones. “Now, science shows that not only do flowers make us happier than we know, they have strong positive effects on our emotional well being.”

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The study also explored where in their homes people display flowers. The arrangements were placed in areas of the home that are open to visitors – such as foyers, living rooms and dining rooms – suggesting that flowers are a symbol for sharing.

“Flowers bring about positive emotional feelings in those who enter a room,” said Dr. Haviland-Jones. “They make the space more welcoming and create a sharing atmosphere.”

Background

The Emotional Impact of Flowers Study was conducted by Jeannette M. Haviland-Jones, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Project Director, Human Development Lab at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Dr. Haviland-Jones is a psychologist and internationally recognized authority in the role of emotional development in human behavior and nonverbal emotional signals and response.

The research adds a scientific foundation to what many consider to be common knowledge – that flowers have a strong, beneficial impact on those who receive them. The Society of American Florists worked in cooperation with the Rutgers research team, bringing an expertise of flowers to the project.Flowers Seasonal Affective Disorder Winter Plaza Flowers

Cyclamen: Nature’s Treasure of Winter and Spring

Cyclamen is derived from “Kuklos,” Greek for ‘circle.’ The name most likely refers to the shape of the tubers which are characteristic to this beautiful plant. Native to the regions of the Middle East and North Africa, many cultivars of Cyclamen Flowering Flowers Plaza Flowerscyclamen have been developed for ornamental use indoors. However, most climates throughout the world also support a wide variety of hardy cyclamen.

Due to the persistence of botanists over the last century, most indoor cyclamen varieties now bloom for seven months (roughly November through May). Some plants can live for over twenty years. They are truly a treasure in a season when very few plants are blooming. Here are the proper care instructions for a long flowering season:

-Cyclamen thrive in a sunny but cool environment. They are perfect for foyers, window sills, entry stairwells, and bedrooms. Optimum temperature 55 to 63º F.

-Water moderately but regularly, at the edge of the pot, never onto the bulb; two to three times a week, depending on temperature and pot size.

Cyclamen Flowering Flowers Plaza Flowers-Water thoroughly, then discard any water that has not been absorbed within half an hour of watering. Stagnant water is bad for the roots. Soft, wilting stalks are more often a sign of over-watering than of drying out. The soil should be checked; it should always be slightly damp, but not soaked!

-Fertilize cyclamen once a week to plants in bloom and once a month in summer.

-When outdoor temperatures do not dip below 45º F , you can put it outside at night to keep cool, and bring it in each morning.

-Keep the plant free from wilted blooms and foliage. Just a light twist of the stalk should remove unwanted flowers and leaves.

-Outside cyclamens prefer semi-shade and shelter from the wind; in autumn they enjoy full sun. They can withstand near-freezing temperatures, and even light falls of snow.

 

For more information on the care of cyclamen or other plants, you may contact us with any questions you may have! Additional information can be found on The Cyclamen Society’s website. Cyclamen is a truly one-of-a-kind plant both indoors and outdoors, and it’s bright colors are sure to keep your spirit warm through the winter and spring!Cyclamen Flowering Flowers Plaza Flowers