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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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  • Iris s. 'Sunfisher'
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    Iris s. 'Sunfisher' (25) BR Plants

    Iris s. 'Sunfisher' (25) bare root clumps Common Name: Siberian IrisLight yellow standards and deeper yellow falls form a beautiful display in early to midseason. Based on our observations, this is one of the earliest of the Siberian Iris to bloom...

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  • Iris sibirica 'Sky Mirror'
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    Iris s. 'Sky Mirror' (25) BR Plants

    Iris s. 'Sky Mirror' (25) bare root clumps Common Name: Siberian IrisWith a similar flower shape to 'Ruffled Velvet', this Iris will give you the rare light blue shade that you've been needing for your early summer garden. Pale sky blue falls have navy...

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  • Iris sibirica 'Cape Cod Boys'
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    Iris s. 'Cape Cod Boys' (25) BR Plants

    Iris s. 'Cape Cod Boys' (25) bare root clumps Common Name: Siberian IrisJust like the famous shore community of Cape Cod, this Siberian Iris will make you think of beaches and the ocean. Periwinkle blue flowers have darker blue veining that intensifies...

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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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  • Iris sibirica 'Blueberry Fair'

    Iris s. 'Blueberry Fair' (25) BR Plants

    Iris 'Blueberry Fair'  Common Name: Siberian Iris 4 inches wide, indigo purple falls and standards have white near the centers with indigo purple veining. The full-looking flowers sit atop extremely thick stems. American Iris Society Morgan-Wood...

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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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  • Iris 'Over in Gloryland'
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    Iris s. 'Over in Gloryland' (25) BR Plants

    Iris s. 'Over in Gloryland' (25) BR Plants Height: 34.0 Inches; Spread: 18.0-24.0 InchesHardiness Zones: 3 - 9Flower Color: Blue shades; Foliage Color: Green shadesFull Sun - Part ShadeAverage to Consistent Water Average Soil QualityAttracts...

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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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  • Iris siberica 'Caesar's Brothers'

    Iris siberica 'Caesar's Brothers' bare root

    Iris siberica 'Caesar's Brother' Common Name: Siberian iris Zone 3 to 8, perhaps 9. Full sun to partial shade. Deep purple flowers in late spring rise to height of 36 to 40 inches on rigid stems. Hardy clumps of arching, slender, grass-like, slightly...

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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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  • Iris sibirica 'Ruffled Velvet'

    Iris sibirica 'Ruffled Velvet' (25) BR Plants

    Iris sibirica 'Ruffled Velvet' Common name: Siberian Iris. Zones 3 to 9. Full sun to part shade. Plants reach 24 to 30 inches tall and 18 to 24 inches wide; Herbaceous perennial clumps will grow together to inhibit weeds. Growth rate: Moderate...

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  • Iris sibirica 'Caesar's Brother'

    Iris siberica 'Caesar's Brother' (25) BR Plants

    Iris siberica 'Caesar's Brother' Common Name: Siberian Iris Zone 3 to 8, perhaps 9. Full sun to partial shade. Deep purple flowers in late spring rise to height of 36 to 40 inches on rigid stems. Hardy clumps of arching, slender, grass-like, slightly...

    $153.00
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  • Iris sibirica 'Butter and Sugar'

    Iris sibirica 'Butter and Sugar' (25) BR Plants

    Iris sibirica 'Butter and Sugar' Common name: Siberian Iris. Zones 3 to 9. Full sun to part shade. Plants reach 28 inches tall and 18 to 24 inches wide; Herbaceous perennial clumps will grow together to inhibit weeds. Growth rate: Moderate. Creamy...

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  • Iris 'Black Gamecock'

    Iris 'Black Gamecock' (25) BR Plants

    Iris 'Black Gamecock' Common name: Louisiana Iris. Zones 3 to 9. Full sun to part shade. Plants reach 24 to 36 inches tall and 24 inches wide;Growth rate: Rapid. This native cultivar has huge 4 to 6 inch blossoms that open flat to display velvety deep...

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