OUR FLOWERS ARE FOR YOUR PERSONAL PLEASURE - THEY ARE NOT FOR RE-SALE. WE DO NOT SELL WHOLESALE. THANK YOU! You may fill your bucket up to 50%sunflowers, along with plenty of the other beautiful flowers. 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.
ZINNIAS: 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 need flower food, so just add a drop of bleach to their vase water.
SUNFLOWERS 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!!
SUNFLOWER FACTS 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.
Drop any clippings back into the flower patch. They will decompose & add nutrients back into the soil. Doing this will help feed the next crop. Thank you!
Back By Popular Demand: We will be selling flower food packets again this year. CASH ONLY. Mix the flower food in a clean pitcher, according to directions, and pour into your vases. Only add a few inches of water, too much can rot the stems prematurely. Keep the vases topped up, cut flowers can drink a lot of water!