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Cut Flowers

  • 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 -

  • Astilbe 'Fanal' (bare root plant)

    Astilbe 'Fanal' (bare root plant)

    Astilbe x arendsii 'Fanal' Common Name: SpireaZones 4 to 9.Full sun to full shade. Plants reach 20 inches tall and 18 to 20 inches wide;Clump forming habit. Growth rate: Moderate. 'Fanal' quickly forms a compact graceful, fern-like mound...

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  • Astilbe 'Rheinland' (bare root plant)

    Astilbe 'Rheinland' (bare root plant)

    Astilbe 'Rheinland' Common Name: Astilbe-Japanese.Zones 4 to 9.Full sun to full shade. Plants reach 24 inches tall and 16 to 20 inches wide;Clump forming habit. Growth rate: Moderate, slow spreading, rhizomatous plants. Rose-pink flowers...

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  • Astilbe 'Rheinland'

    Astilbe 'Rheinland' (25) BR Plants

    Astilbe 'Rheinland' Common Name: Astilbe-Japanese. Zones 4 to 9. Full sun to full shade. Plants reach 24 inches tall and 16 to 20 inches wide; Clump forming habit. Growth rate: Moderate, slow spreading, rhizomatous plants. Rose-pink flowers are held in...

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  • Astilbe 'Red Sentinel'

    Astilbe 'Red Sentinel' (25) BR Plants

    Astilbe 'Red Sentinel' Common Name: Astilbe-Japanese. Zones 4 to 9. Full sun to full shade. Plants reach 20 to 24 inches tall and 12 to 18 inches wide; Clump forming habit. Growth rate: Moderate, slow spreading, rhizomatous plants. Scarlet-red flowers...

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  • Astilbe japonica 'Peach Blossom'

    Astilbe 'Peach Blossom' (25) BR Plants

    Astilbe 'Peach Blossom' Common Name: Astilbe-Japanese. Zones 4 to 9. Full sun to full shade. Plants reach 24 inches tall and 15 to 18 inches wide; Clump forming habit. Growth rate: Moderate, slow spreading, rhizomatous plants. Peach flowers with a hint...

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  • Astilbe 'Fanal'

    Astilbe 'Fanal' (25) BR Plants

    Astilbe x arendsii 'Fanal' Common Name: Spirea Zones 4 to 9. Full sun to full shade. Plants reach 20 inches tall and 18 to 20 inches wide; Clump forming habit. Growth rate: Moderate. 'Fanal' quickly forms a compact graceful, fern-like mound of dainty...

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  • Astilbe 'Deutschland'

    Astilbe 'Deutschland' (25) BR Plants

    Astilbe 'Deutschland' Common Name: Astilbe-Japanese. Zones 4 to 9. Full sun to full shade. Plants reach 24 to 30 inches tall and 18 to 24 inches wide; Clump forming habit. Growth rate: Moderate, slow spreading, rhizomatous plants. Panicles of white,...

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  • Astilbe chinensis 'Pumila'

    Astilbe chinensis 'Pumila' (25) BR Plants

    Astilbe chinensis 'Pumila' Common Name: Astilbe- Dwarf Chinese Zones 4 to 9. Full sun to full shade. Plants reach 10 inches tall and 12 to 16 inches wide; Dwarf clump forming habit. Growth rate: Moderate, slow spreading, rhizomatous plants. Lilac-pink...

    $161.38
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  • Astilbe 'Bressingham Beauty'

    Astilbe 'Bressingham Beauty' (25) BR Plants

    Astilbe 'Bressingham Beauty' Common Name: Spirea Zones 4 to 9. Full sun to full shade. Plants reach 36 inches tall and 24 to 30 inches wide; Clump forming habit. Growth rate: Moderate. 'Bressingham Beauty' quickly forms a graceful, fern-like mound of...

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  • Astilbe 'Amber Moon' PPAF

    Astilbe 'Amber Moon' PPAF (20)ct Flat

    Astilbe 'Amber Moon' PPAF (20)ct Flat False Spirea Height: 34-38 Inches, Spread: 22-28 InchesFlower Color: Pink shades, Foliage Color: Yellow shadesHardiness Zone: 4 - 9Part shade to Full shade Blooms Midsummer The foliage emerges bright chartreuse...

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