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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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  • Phlox 'Opening Act Romance'
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    Phlox 'Opening Act Romance' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox 'Opening Act Romance' PPAF (25) BR Plants - Proven Winners® Common Name: Hybrid PhloxIt keeps getting better and better for Opening Act Phlox. This new variety is the pinnacle of refinement, with a low-wide habit that's nearly dome-like, a...

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  • Phlox 'Backlight'
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    Phlox p. 'Backlight' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox p. 'Backlight' PPAF (25) BR Plants Proven Winners® LUMINARY Collection Common Name: Tall Garden PhloxJoining the other members of the LUMINARY™ Collection, 'Backlight' brings a highly sought-after flower color. Pure white flowers are...

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  • Phlox 'Ultraviolet'
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    Phlox p. 'Ultraviolet' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox p. 'Ultraviolet' PPAF CPBRAF - Proven Winners® LUMINARY Collection (25) bare root clumps Common Name: Tall Garden PhloxVery dark, magenta violet flower panicles are held above a full, bushy habit of bright green foliage. An improvement on the...

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  • Phlox p. 'Opalescence'
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    Phlox p. 'Opalescence' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox p. 'Opalescence' PPAF CPBRAF - Proven Winners® LUMINARY?? Collection (25) bare root clumps Common Name: Tall Garden PhloxThe flagship variety of the LUMINARY™ Collection and the gold standard of powdery mildew resistance. In an extensive...

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  • Phlox 'Opening Act Ultrapink'
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    Phlox 'Opening Act Ultrapink' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox 'Opening Act Ultrapink' PPAF CPBRAF - Proven Winners® (25) bare root clumps Common Name: Tall Garden PhloxThis Phlox isn't just pink, it's ULTRApink! With this addition to the Opening Act Phlox Collection, it is officially the brightest, most...

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  • Phlox 'Magenta Pearl'
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    Phlox 'Magenta Pearl' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox 'Magenta Pearl' PPAF (25) bare root clumps Common Name: Hybrid PhloxA counterpart to 'Amethyst Pearl', this variety has similar disease-resistant foliage, and early bloomtime and rebloom power, but with deeper magenta pink flowers. This variety is...

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  • Phlox 'Baby Doll White'
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    Phlox 'Baby Doll White' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox 'Baby Doll White' PPAF (25) bare root clumps Common Name: Hybrid PhloxAt just a foot tall, this perennial is easy to tuck into small spaces in the garden or for use in containers. White flowers form a mass of blooms on top of the dark green foliage...

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  • Phlox 'Baby Doll Pink'
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    Phlox 'Baby Doll Pink' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox 'Baby Doll Pink' PPAF (25) bare root clumps Common Name: Hybrid PhloxAt just a foot tall, this perennial is easy to tuck into small spaces in the garden or for use in containers. Bright pink flowers with a white halo form a mass of blooms on top of...

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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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  • Phlox paniculata 'Uptown Girl'
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    Phlox p. 'Uptown Girl' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox p. 'Uptown Girl' PPAF - GARDEN GIRLS Collection (25) bare root clumps Height: 32.0-36.0 InchesSpread: 28.0-32.0 InchesHardiness Zones: 3,4,5,6,7,8Flower Color: Pink shadesFoliage Color: Green shadesFull Sun Average Water NeedsAverage to Fertile...

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  • Phlox 'Opening Act Pink-a-Dot'
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    Phlox 'Opening Act Pink-a-Dot' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox 'Opening Act Pink-a-Dot' PPAF (25) bare root clumps Common Name: Hybrid PhloxThis new hybrid Phlox will bloom even earlier. It boasts a long season of color in addition to being early blooming. Near white flowers with a dark pink, central star...

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  • Phlox paniculata 'Cover Girl'
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    Phlox p. 'Cover Girl' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox paniculata 'Cover Girl' PPAF - GARDEN GIRLS Collection (25) bare root clumps Height: 38.0-42.0 InchesSpread: 24.0-28.0 InchesHardiness Zones: 3,4,5,6,7,8Flower Color: Purple shadesFoliage Color: Green shadesFull Sun (> 6 hrs. Direct...

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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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  • 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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  • Phlox 'Opening Act White' PPAF
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    Phlox 'Opening Act White' PP27461 (25) BR Plants

    Phlox 'Opening Act White' PPAF (25) BR Plants Height: 18-20 Inches, Spread: 18-20 InchesFlower Color: White ShadesHardiness Zone: 4 - 8Full sun Blooms Early summer to Late summer This new hybrid Phlox will bloom even earlier than midsummer, starting in...

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  • Phlox 'Opening Act Blush' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox 'Opening Act Blush' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox 'Opening Act Blush' PPAF (25) BR Plants Height: 18-20 Inches, Spread: 18-20 InchesFlower Color: Pink ShadesHardiness Zone: 4 - 8Full sun Blooms Early summer to Late summer This new hybrid Phlox will bloom even earlie than midsummerr, starting in...

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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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  • Phlox paniculata 'Glamour Girl' PPAF
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    Phlox paniculata 'Glamour Girl' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox paniculata 'Glamour Girl' PPAF (25) BR Plants Resists powdery mildew even in the hot, humid summers of Michigan Hot coral pink, fragrant flowers on dark purple stems in mid through late summer Maintains its bright green, healthy looking foliage...

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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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  • Phlox paniculata 'Red Riding Hood'

    Phlox paniculata 'Red Riding Hood' (25) BR Plants

    Phlox paniculata 'Red Riding Hood'Common Name: Tall Garden PhloxVivid clusters of fragrant, cherry-red flowers sit atop strong-stemmed plants from mid thru late summer. 'Red Riding Hood' is a compact variety which attracts butterflies and hummingbirds...

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