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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 -

  • Campanula glomerata 'Angel Bells'
Photos courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

    Campanula g. 'Angel Bells' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Campanula g. 'Angel Bells' PPAF (30)ct Flat Common Name: Clustered BellflowerLooking for a no-fuss perennial? Try 'Church Bells', a new clustered bellflower that's especially refined in terms of performance and flower quality. Well-formed clusters of...

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  • Campanula c. 'Violet Teacups'
Photos courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

    Campanula c. 'Violet Teacups' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Campanula c. 'Violet Teacups' PPAF (30)ct Flat Teacup Collection Common Name: Carpathian Bellflower, Carpathian HarebellCarpathian Bellflowers are popular for a reason-they nicely fill the front of the border without spreading, and their bold colors...

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  • Photos courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

    Campanula c. 'Delft Teacups' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Campanula c. 'Delft Teacups' PPAF (30)ct Flat Height: 6.0-8.0 InchesSpread: 10.0-12.0 InchesHardiness Zones: 3,4,5,6,7,8Flower Color: Blue shadesFoliage Color: Green shadesSunlight: Full Sun to Part Shade Average Water NeedsAverage to Fertile Soil...

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  • Campanula carpatica 'Rapido White'
Photo courtesy of Ball Horticultural Company
This easy care perennial is a great choice for
edging, containers, or the front of the border.

appear atop the clump of dark green foliage.

EXPOSURE: Full Sun to Part Shade
BLOOMS: Late Spring to Late Summer
HEIGHT: 5-7 in
SPACE: 5-8 in
ZONE: 3-9

    Campanula c. 'Rapido White' (30)ct Flat

    Campanula c. 'Rapido White' (30)ct Flat Bellflower-Carpathian Height: 5-7 Inches, Spread: 5-8 InchesFlower Color: White Shades, Foliage Color: Green shadesFull sun to Part shade Blooms Late spring - Late summer One of the earliest blooming Campanula...

    $139.96
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  • Campanula carpatica 'Rapido Blue'
Photo courtesy of Ball Horticultural Company

    Campanula c. 'Rapido Blue' (30)ct Flat

    Campanula c. 'Rapido Blue' (30)ct Flat Bellflower-Carpathian Height: 5-7 Inches, Spread: 5-8 InchesFlower Color: Blue Shades, Foliage Color: Green shadesFull sun to Part shade Blooms Late spring - Late summer One of the earliest blooming Campanula...

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  • Campanula 'Dickson's Gold'

    Campanula 'Dickson's Gold' (30)ct Flat

    Campanula 'Dickson's Gold' Common Name: Bellflower, Harebell. Zones 3 to 8. Full Sun to Part Shade. Plants reach 4 to 6 inches tall and 8 to 10 inches wide; Low-growing clumps of basal foliage spread to form an attractive ground cover. Growth rate:...

    $158.20
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