OUR FLOWERS ARE FOR YOUR PERSONAL PLEASURE - THEY ARE NOT FOR RE-SALE. THANK YOU!
Our flowers are NOT edible. Do Not Eat.
Zinnias, Cosmos, Marigolds, Celosia etc: Cut a long stem just above a joint. Gently remove excess leaves. Toss the scraps into the flower field. They will "self-compost".
Sunflowers: Visualize the height of your vase, and add a little extra before you cut the stem.
Give them the "wiggle" test.
Select a zinnia stem that has a firm stem. Gently rustle the stem at the "neck" below the flower head. If it is firm, this will be a good flower. Don't pick zinnias that still have tender stems, they will break easily.
COSMOS, MARIGOLDS, other small flowers:
Select mature flowers here also, ones with sturdy necks. If the neck of the stem is not stiff when you cut it, it will not get better. Pick quality flowers.
Carefully remove excess leaves from any stem and toss them into the flower field. Thank you! Flower food is good for most flowers.
Zinnias don't really like flower food, so just add
a drop of bleach to their vase water.
Remove excess lower leaves. Keep the water in the vase very clean, and trim the stems every few days. Add a drop of bleach or flower food.
HINT: any sunflowers with red or bronze coloring will benefit GREATLY from flower food!!
Cold temps can slow their maturity and blooming.
Excessive rain can stunt their growth.
Drought can stunt their growth.
Daylength & climate factors affect their height.
Seed availability affects which sunflowers we grow.
Sunflowers don't grow well in the shade.
Sunflowers like it hot! So do zinnias.
Sunflower plants "follow" the sun while they are green and growing, but they stop this when the flower opens up.