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Caring For Cut Flowers

Neil Cummings
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On this horticulture day edition of Talk of Iowa, Iowa State Associate Professor of Consumer Horticulture, Cindy Haines, shares her expertise on preparing, preserving and displaying cut flowers.

She advises flowers should be cut with a sharp tool shortly before they have reached full bloom. Sunflowers, zinnias, snapdragons and dahlias are a few flowers she recommends for long-lasting cut flower displays. Simply keeping the water clean or adding a flower preservation packet is the best way to preserve cut flowers in water, she says.

Iowa State Horticulture Specialist Richard Jauron also joins Haines and Producer Rick Brewer to answer questions from callers about caring for the trees and plants in their lives. 



Hort Day
Rick Brewer was a producer for IPR's Talk of Iowa and River to River
Katelyn Harrop is a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa