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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 -

  • 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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  • 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...

    $186.60
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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...

    $163.00
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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...

    $175.00
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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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  • Coreopsis grandiflora 'SunKiss'

    Coreopsis g. 'SunKiss' (30)ct Flat

    Coreopsis g. 'SunKiss' (30)ct FlatCommon Name: Tickseed, Huge, nearly 3' wide, golden yellow flowers with burgundy red centers. According to the breeder, this is the brightest yellow flower with a large blotch available as a seed strain. This beautiful,...

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  • Coreopsis 'Zesty Zinger'
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    Coreopsis v. 'Zesty Zinger' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Coreopsis v. 'Zesty Zinger' PPAF (30)ct Flat - SIZZLE & SPICE Collection Common Name: Threadleaf Coreopsis This Coreopsis forms a compact, rounded mound covered with rich colored flowers. 1.5”, Light ivory flowers have dark magenta centers...

    $170.20
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  • Coreopsis auriculata 'Nana'

    Coreopsis auriculata 'Nana' (3.5 inch pot)

    Coreopsis auriculata 'Nana'Zone: 4 to 9. Full Sun. Mature size: 6 to 9 inches tall; spreads to 2 feet. Dwarf coreopsis forms dense, bushy, slowly-spreading clumps of short, broad-oval, shiny deep green leaves. Bright orange-yellow, daisy-like flowers are...

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  • Salvia nemorosa 'Crystal Blue' PPAF
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Salvia COLOR SPIRES 'Crystal Blue' is a revolutionary flower color for a perennial Salvia that blooms from spring to early summer.

    Salvia n. 'Crystal Blue' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Salvia n. 'Crystal Blue' PPAF - COLOR SPIRES Collection (PROVEN WINNERS) The first hardy Salvia in this color Light sky blue flowers on thick, branched stems from late spring into early summer. Reblooms if cut back. Blooms without vernalization but is...

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  • Coreopsis 'Early Sunrise'

    Coreopsis g. 'Early Sunrise' (30)ct Flat

    Coreopsis grandiflora 'Early Sunrise' Common name: Tickseed. Zones 4 to 9. Full sun. Plants reach 18 inches tall and 15 to 24 inches wide, a compact Coreopsis. Growth rate: Moderate, Easy to grow. A profusion of brilliant golden-yellow, semi-double...

    $130.36
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  • Coreopsis 'Daybreak' PPAF
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    Coreopsis 'Daybreak' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Coreopsis 'Daybreak' PPAF (30)ct Flat Flowers have prominent orange-red centers and fringed, gold petal tipsFlowers are sterile, no need for deadheadingCompact, basal mound of disease resistant, dark green foliageVery long blooming from early summer...

    $170.20
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  • Coreopsis auriculata 'Nana' offers flat, olive green leaves  with bright yellow flowers from early spring to frost.  Hardy from zone 4-9.

    Coreopsis auriculata 'Nana' (10)ct Quarts

    Coreopsis auriculata 'Nana' Zone: 4 to 9. Full Sun. Mature size: 6 to 9 inches tall; spreads to 2 feet. Dwarf coreopsis forms dense, bushy, slowly-spreading clumps of short, broad-oval, shiny deep green leaves. Bright orange-yellow, daisy-like flowers...

    $87.00
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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...

    $165.00
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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...

    $158.60
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  • Coreopsis 'Jethro Tull'  PP18789

    Coreopsis 'Jethro Tull' PP18789 (30)ct Flat

    'Jethro Tull' Coreopsis Common Name: Tickseed, Hardy in zone 4 to 9.Partial to full sun. Fast growth rate in full sun. Golden-yellow reliablyfluted petals on 18 inch-long stems, that seem to bloom all summer. Drought-tolerant, compact and tough. Space...

    $153.40
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