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  • Cut flowers before morning dew has dried or in early evening. Snip above a node or dormant bud to spur new blooms. Put stems in a pail of lukewarm water as you cut them.
  • Recut stems on a slant, under water to eliminate air bubbles that block food and water uptake.
  • Remove bruised leaves and foliage below the water line to prevent decay.
  • To stop nutrient-rich sap from oozing, scald stem ends in boiling water for 20 seconds or over a candle flame.
  • Condition flowers several hours before arranging. Put stems in lukewarm water, in a dark, cool place.
  • Arrange conditioned flowers in a vase of warm (110F) water.
  • Put the vase in a well-ventilated cool place (as low as 38F) to slow aging. Don't store flowers near unsealed fruits and vegetables, which produce ethylene, a gas that hastens ripening.
  • Change water every couple of days. In mixed bouquets, flowers may give off sap toxic to other varieties in the vase.

Freshly cut flowers often have enough stored sugars to survive in a vase. For extended enjoyment, use a commercial floral preservative or the following formula -

* 1 cup regular 7-Up (the sugar provides energy)
* 1 cup water
* 1/2 teaspoon household bleach (controls bacteria)

 Plants to consider include -

  • Lavandula a. 'Lavance Deep Purple'
Photos courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

    Lavandula a. 'Lavance Deep Purple' (20)ct Flat

    Lavandula a. 'Lavance Deep Purple' (20)ct Flat Common Name: English LavenderOne of the darkest hued lavenders from seed. Deep purple-blue flowers do not bleach during the summer, according to Pan American Seed. Deer and rabbits tend to avoid this highly...

    $142.20
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  • Lavandula a. 'Silver Mist'

    Lavandula a. 'Silver Mist' (20)ct Flat

    Lavandula a. 'Silver Mist' (20)ct Flat Touted as the most silver of any lavender; rare selection Forms a bushy, very well-branched, uniform clump of fragrant, glaucous silver foliage Lavender purple flowers appear a bit later than other lavenders...

    $147.00
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  • Lavandula x intermedia 'Grosso'

    Lavandula x intermedia 'Grosso' (20)ct Flat

    Lavandula x intermedia 'Grosso' Common name: English Lavender. Zones 5 to 9. Full sun; to flower, Lavender must be grown in full sun. Plants reach 24 to 30 inches tall and 18 to 24 inches wide. Growth rate: Moderate, erect herbaceous clump-forming...

    $143.80
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  • Lavandula a. 'Essence Purple'

    Lavandula a. 'Essence Purple' (20)ct Flat

    Lavandula a. 'Essence Purple' (20)ct Flat Outstanding garden performer Bright blueberry colored flowers early Forms a perfectly rounded, uniform, dense clump of green, aromatic foliage. Retains its perfect habit all season. Height: 18 inches Zones...

    $147.00
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  • Astilbe 'Fanal' (bare root plant)

    Astilbe 'Fanal' (bare root plant)

    Astilbe x arendsii 'Fanal' Common Name: SpireaZones 4 to 9.Full sun to full shade. Plants reach 20 inches tall and 18 to 20 inches wide;Clump forming habit. Growth rate: Moderate. 'Fanal' quickly forms a compact graceful, fern-like mound...

    $3.86
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  • Astilbe 'Rheinland' (bare root plant)

    Astilbe 'Rheinland' (bare root plant)

    Astilbe 'Rheinland' Common Name: Astilbe-Japanese.Zones 4 to 9.Full sun to full shade. Plants reach 24 inches tall and 16 to 20 inches wide;Clump forming habit. Growth rate: Moderate, slow spreading, rhizomatous plants. Rose-pink flowers...

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  • Lavandula a. 'Munstead'
Photos courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

    Lavandula a. 'Munstead' (20)ct Flat

    Lavandula angustifolia 'Munstead' Common name: English Lavender. Zones 5 to 9. Full sun; to flower, Lavender must be grown in full sun. Plants reach 12 to 16 inches tall and 12 inches wide. Growth rate: Moderate, erect herbaceous clump-forming...

    $143.80
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  • Lavandula a. 'Munstead'
Photos courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

    Lavandula a. 'Munstead' (25) BR Plants

    Lavandula angustifolia 'Munstead' (25) Bare Root plants Common name: English Lavender. Zones 5 to 9. Full sun; to flower, Lavender must be grown in full sun. Plants reach 12 to 16 inches tall and 12 inches wide. Growth rate: Moderate, erect herbaceous...

    $161.00
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  • Astilbe 'Amber Moon' PPAF

    Astilbe 'Amber Moon' PPAF (20)ct Flat

    Astilbe 'Amber Moon' PPAF (20)ct Flat False Spirea Height: 34-38 Inches, Spread: 22-28 InchesFlower Color: Pink shades, Foliage Color: Yellow shadesHardiness Zone: 4 - 9Part shade to Full shade Blooms Midsummer The foliage emerges bright chartreuse...

    $181.88
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