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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 -

  • Baptisia 'Honey Roasted'
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    Baptisia 'Honey Roasted' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Baptisia 'Honey Roasted' PPAF (25) BR Plants Common Name: False IndigoAn attractive native perennial that's bound to be a permanent fixture in your garden. Long 10" spikes of dark mahogany flowers have bright yellow keels, producing a wonderful bicolor...

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  • Baptisia 'Burgundy Blast'
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    Baptisia 'Burgundy Blast' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Baptisia 'Burgundy Blast' PPAF (25) BR Plants Common Name: False IndigoA color break for False Indigo! The shade of purple is redder than the typical purple Baptisia. Dark wine purple flowers are produced over very dark blue-green foliage. When it is in...

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  • Baptisia 'Blue Bubbly'
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    Baptisia 'Blue Bubbly' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Baptisia 'Blue Bubbly' PPAF CPBRAF - Proven Winners® DECADENCE® DELUXE Series(25) Bare Root Plants Common Name: False IndigoAll Baptisia have a substantial presence in the garden, but the members of the DECADENCE® DELUXE are larger than their...

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  • Baptisia 'Violet Dusk'
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    Baptisia 'Violet Dusk' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Baptisia 'Violet Dusk' PPAF Common Name: False IndigoLavender violet flowers with cream keels makes this a stunning display for the early season garden. Its claim to fame is its unique vase-like habit. Although this plant is 3 feet wide, the base of the...

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  • Lavandula a. 'Lavance Deep Purple'
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    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...

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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...

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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...

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  • Baptisia 'Pink Lemonade'
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    Baptisia 'Pink Lemonade' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Baptisia 'Pink Lemonade' (25) BR Plants DECADENCE® DELUXE Series Common Name: False IndigoIn late spring to early summer, soft yellow flowers age to dusty raspberry purple, and both colors appear on the stem at the same time. Charcoal stems really...

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  • Baptisia DECADENCE 'Pink Truffles' PPAF 
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    Baptisia 'Pink Truffles' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Baptisia 'Pink Truffles' PPAF (25) BR Plants False IndigoHeight: 2.5-3 Feet, Spread: 3 FeetFlower Color: Pink shades, Foliage Color: Green shadesHardiness Zone: 4 - 9Full sun to Part shadeBlooms Late spring A novel new color in Baptisia! Clear soft pink...

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  • Baptisia 'Grape Taffy' PPAF
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    Baptisia 'Grape Taffy' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Baptisia 'Grape Taffy' PPAF (25) BR Plants False IndigoHeight: 2-2.5 Feet, Spread: 2.5-3 FeetFlower Color: Purple shades, Foliage Color: Green shadesHardiness Zone: 4 - 9Full sun to Part shadeBlooms Late spring One of the most compact Baptisia to date,...

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  • Baptisia 'Indigo Spires' PPAF

    Baptisia 'Indigo Spires' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Baptisia 'Indigo Spires' PPAF (25) BR Plants Perfect habit and heavy flower production12 to 15 inch long spikes of deep violet purple flowers with yellow keelsDensely branched, full rounded clump of glaucous green foliageVery little bare stem shows at...

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  • Lavandula a. 'Munstead'
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    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...

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  • Lavandula a. 'Munstead'
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    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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