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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...

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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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  • Coreopsis grandiflora 'SunKiss'

    Coreopsis g. 'SunKiss' (30)ct Flat

    Coreopsis g. 'SunKiss' (30)ct FlatCommon Name: Tickseed, Huge, nearly 3' wide, golden yellow flowers with burgundy red centers. According to the breeder, this is the brightest yellow flower with a large blotch available as a seed strain. This beautiful,...

    $131.80
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  • Coreopsis 'Zesty Zinger'
Photos courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

    Coreopsis v. 'Zesty Zinger' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Coreopsis v. 'Zesty Zinger' PPAF (30)ct Flat - SIZZLE & SPICE Collection Common Name: Threadleaf Coreopsis This Coreopsis forms a compact, rounded mound covered with rich colored flowers. 1.5”, Light ivory flowers have dark magenta centers...

    $170.20
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  • Coreopsis auriculata 'Nana'

    Coreopsis auriculata 'Nana' (3.5 inch pot)

    Coreopsis auriculata 'Nana'Zone: 4 to 9. Full Sun. Mature size: 6 to 9 inches tall; spreads to 2 feet. Dwarf coreopsis forms dense, bushy, slowly-spreading clumps of short, broad-oval, shiny deep green leaves. Bright orange-yellow, daisy-like flowers are...

    $4.30
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  • Coreopsis 'Early Sunrise'

    Coreopsis g. 'Early Sunrise' (30)ct Flat

    Coreopsis grandiflora 'Early Sunrise' Common name: Tickseed. Zones 4 to 9. Full sun. Plants reach 18 inches tall and 15 to 24 inches wide, a compact Coreopsis. Growth rate: Moderate, Easy to grow. A profusion of brilliant golden-yellow, semi-double...

    $130.36
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  • Coreopsis 'Daybreak' PPAF
Photo courtesy of Darrell Probst

    Coreopsis 'Daybreak' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Coreopsis 'Daybreak' PPAF (30)ct Flat Flowers have prominent orange-red centers and fringed, gold petal tipsFlowers are sterile, no need for deadheadingCompact, basal mound of disease resistant, dark green foliageVery long blooming from early summer...

    $170.20
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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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  • Coreopsis auriculata 'Nana' offers flat, olive green leaves  with bright yellow flowers from early spring to frost.  Hardy from zone 4-9.

    Coreopsis auriculata 'Nana' (10)ct Quarts

    Coreopsis auriculata 'Nana' Zone: 4 to 9. Full Sun. Mature size: 6 to 9 inches tall; spreads to 2 feet. Dwarf coreopsis forms dense, bushy, slowly-spreading clumps of short, broad-oval, shiny deep green leaves. Bright orange-yellow, daisy-like flowers...

    $87.00
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  • Lavandula x intermedia 'Grosso'

    Lavandula x intermedia 'Grosso' (25) BR Plants

    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...

    $161.00
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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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  • Lavandula 'Hidcote'

    Lavandula a. 'Hidcote' (25) BR Plants

    Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote' Common name: Lavender. Zones 5 to 9. Full sun; to flower, Lavender must be grown in full sun. Plants reach 18 inches tall and 12 to 15 inches wide. Growth rate: Moderate, erect herbaceous clump-forming perennial. Deep...

    $161.00
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  • Coreopsis 'Jethro Tull'  PP18789

    Coreopsis 'Jethro Tull' PP18789 (30)ct Flat

    'Jethro Tull' Coreopsis Common Name: Tickseed, Hardy in zone 4 to 9.Partial to full sun. Fast growth rate in full sun. Golden-yellow reliablyfluted petals on 18 inch-long stems, that seem to bloom all summer. Drought-tolerant, compact and tough. Space...

    $153.40
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