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Bringing your garden flowers indoors

Posted by on Mon, Jul 09 2012 19:30:00

 

As for all cut flowers, keep them out of breezes or direct sunlight and remove all lower foliage. Flower shops remove the foliage for you already but when using flowers from your garden it is a very important step to keep the water clean as well as increase the flowers life.

Cutting flowers at the right development stage also helps them last longer.

Cut annuals as soon as the flower has opened fully. Cut petunias the day the flower opens. Cut perennials just as the flower is freshly opened. Bulbous plants, such as tulips, hyacinth or crocus should be cut when blooms are only about half open. Daylilies also may be cut in bud when the flower is due to open the next day. Cut roses in bud just as the outer petals begin to unfold. Cut spike flowers, such as snapdragon or delphinium, when the lower flowers are freshly opened for them to last the longest indoors

Some techniques may be used to try to increase cut flower life in the home. Plants such as lantana and helitrope seem to last longer if the cut ends are seared. Dahlia, poppy, fuchsia, and bulbs are prepared by placing the stem in cool water. However, most flower stems are best hardened by placing them in hot water (100 to 110 degrees) in a cool place for several hours before arranging. Roses and Hydrangea prefer hot tap water and can be re-cut and placed in hot water once they start to wilt. Granted, garden flowers will never last as long in the home as flowers bought from a florist shop but given the right care, they can brighten your home and bring a smile to your face just the same.

 

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