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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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  • Salvia 'Vanity Flair' 
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    Salvia 'Vanity Flair' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Salvia 'Vanity Flair' PPAF - FASHIONISTA® Collection (25) bare root clumps 'Vanity Flair' has large sky blue flowers. The long flower spikes are produced above a dense mass canopy of dark green foliage. Height: 20.0-22.0 InchesSpread: 20.0-24.0...

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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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  • Salvia n. 'Violet Profusion'
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    Salvia n. 'Violet Profusion' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Salvia n. 'Violet Profusion' PPAF (25) Bare Root Plants Common Name: Perennial SalviaThis Salvia nemorosa hybrid will impress you with the number of times it reblooms! Sheer back the spent flowers and enjoy again throughout the summer. Violet blue...

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  • Salvia n. 'Perfect Profusion'
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    Salvia n. 'Perfect Profusion' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Salvia n. 'Perfect Profusion' PPAF (25) Bare Root Plants Profusion SeriesCommon Name: Perennial SalviaThis Salvia nemorosa hybrid reblooms multiple times throughout the summer if the spent flower stems are cut back-one of the very best for consistent...

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  • Salvia n. 'Pink Profusion'
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    Salvia n. 'Pink Profusion' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Salvia n. 'Pink Profusion' PPAF (25) Bare Root Plants Profusion SeriesCommon Name: Perennial SalviaThis Salvia nemorosa hybrid will impress you with the number of times it reblooms! Sheer back the spent flowers and enjoy again throughout the summer. Dark...

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  • Salvia n. 'Bumblesnow'
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    Salvia n. 'Bumblesnow' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Salvia n. 'Bumblesnow' PPAF (25) Bare Root Plants Bumble SeriesCommon Name: Perennial Salvia, Garden Sage'Bumblesnow' produces pure white flowers on a petite habit of attractive deep green foliage. Good rebloom if deadheaded. This cute sized package is...

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  • Salvia nemorosa 'Bumbleblue' PPAF

    Salvia n. 'Bumbleblue' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Salvia nemorosa 'Bumbleblue' PPAF Common Name: Salvia-Perennial, garden sage, wood sage 'Bumbleblue' is prolific bloomer, producing loads of violet blue flowers on a petite habit of healthy, deep green foliage. This cute sized package is perfect for...

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  • Salvia 'Ballerina Pink' PPAF

    Salvia 'Ballerina Pink' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Salvia 'Ballerina Pink' PPAF - FASHIONISTA Collection Common Name: Salvia-Perennial, garden sage, wood sage Soft pink flowers are held by dark mauve pink calyxes.  Height: 18.0-20.0 Inches; Spread: 16.0-18.0 InchesHardiness Zones: 3,4,5,6,7,8Flower...

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  • Salvia nemorosa 'Bumbleberry' PPAF

    Salvia n. 'Bumbleberry' PP31602 (25) BR Plants

    Salvia 'Bumbleberry' PP31602 Common Name: Salvia-Perennial, garden sage, wood sage; 'Bumbleberry' produces dark fuchsia pink flowers on dark wine purple calyxes on a petite habit of attractive deep green foliage. The deep, intense color makes other...

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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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  • Salvia nemorosa 'Snow Hill'
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    Salvia nemorosa 'Snow Hill' (25) BR Plants

    Salvia nemorosa 'Snow Hill' a/k/a 'Schneehugel'. Zone: 4 to 9. Full sun to partial shade. Mature size: up to 20 inches height; spreads 15 to 18 inches. More compact habit than other perennial Salvias. Dense, white blooms atop multiple spikes over...

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  • Salvia 'May Night' offers long lasting violet blooms from spring to frost over clumping green foliage.  Prefers full sun, attracts butterflies and is hardy from zone 4-9.

    Salvia nemorosa 'May Night' (25) BR Plants

    Salvia nemorosa 'May Night' a/k/a 'Mainacht'. 1997 Perennial Plant Of The Year. Zone: 3 to 8. Full sun to partial shade. Mature size: up to 18 inches height; spreads 18 to 24 inches. Dense, vibrant blue-violet blooms atop multiple spikes over...

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  • Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna'

    Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna' (25) BR Plants

    Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna' Common Name: Salvia-Perennial, garden sage. Zones 3 to 8. Full sun. Plants reach 24 to 30 inches tall and 15 inches wide;Growth rate: Moderate, clump forming herbaceous perennial. Rigidly upright habit and dark purple flower...

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