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Cut Flowers

  • 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 -

  • Achillea 'Firefly Sunshine'
Photos courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

    Achillea 'Firefly Sunshine' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Achillea 'Firefly Sunshine' PPAF Common Name: YarrowFireflies, or whatever you call the insects that light up the night-when you see them, they're a sure sign of warm summer weather. Similarly, this new Yarrow collection will light up your summer garden...

    $179.80
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  • Achillea 'Firefly Peach Sky'
Photos courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

    Achillea 'Firefly Peach Sky' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Achillea 'Firefly Peach Sky' PPAF Common Name: YarrowLight peachy orange flowers age to yellow. Mature and new flowers create a blend of colors, much like you would find on a peach fruit. Tall, upright habit. Height: 32.0-36.0 InchesSpread: 28.0-32.0...

    $179.80
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  • Achillea 'Firefly Diamond'
Photos courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

    Achillea 'Firefly Diamond' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Achillea 'Firefly Diamond' PPAF Common Name: YarrowIvory white flowers contrast beautifully with its dark green foliage. Upright, columnar habit. Flowers remain attractive as they age. Height: 24.0-28.0 InchesSpread: 32.0-40.0 InchesHardiness Zones:...

    $179.80
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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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  • Achillea 'Oertel's Rose' (3.5 inch pot)

    Achillea 'Oertel's Rose' (3.5 inch pot)

    Achillea 'Oertel's Rose' Common name: Yarrow, Sneezewort. Zones 3 to 9. Full sun. Plants reach 24 to 30 inches tall and 24 inches wide, low, spreading clump. Growth rate: Rapid, a quick spreader that left unchecked can form large masses. Pink-rose red...

    $4.13
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  • Achillea 'Coronation Gold'

    Achillea 'Coronation Gold' (3.5 inch pot)

    Achillea 'Coronation Gold' Common name: Yarrow. Zones 3 to 8. Full sun. Plants reach 30 to 36 inches tall and 30 to 36 inches wide. Growth rate: Moderate, Easy to grow. Large golden yellow 4 inch flower clusters all summer long. This variety has...

    $4.13
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  • Achillea millefolium 'Paprika'

    Achillea millefolium 'Paprika' (3.5 inch pot)

    Achillea millefolium 'Paprika' (3.5 inch pot) Common name: Yarrow. Zones 3 to 8. Full sun. Plants reach 24 inches tall and 24 inches wide, low, spreading clump. Growth rate: Rapid, a quick spreader that left unchecked can form large masses. Luscious...

    $4.13
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  • Achillea 'Coronation Gold'

    Achillea 'Coronation Gold'

    Achillea 'Coronation Gold' Common name: Yarrow. Zones 3 to 8. Full sun. Plants reach 30 to 36 inches tall and 30 to 36 inches wide. Growth rate: Moderate, Easy to grow. Large golden yellow 4 inch flower clusters all summer long. This variety has...

    $90.54
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  • Astilbe 'Rheinland'

    Astilbe 'Rheinland' (25) BR Plants

    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 are held in...

    $165.00
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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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