Cut Flowers - Knowledgebase Question

Harrisburg, No
Question by Sharwood56
April 29, 2010
I would like to grow some flowers that I can cut and take inside my house.I like plenty of color. I have lots of Daylily but you can't cut them. I was told that you can cut Iris, but I have two Bearded Iris and I don't no how to cut them either.
thank you

Answer from NGA
April 29, 2010


You can cut irises for indoor bouquets. The best time to cut them is when the buds are in full color but before the flowers actually open. Cut the entire flowering stem from the plant and immediately plunge it into a container of water.

Some great perennials to add to your cutting garden include:

Achillea, Aster, Campanula ,Carnation, Chrysanthemum, Shasta Daisy, Coreopsis,
Coral Bells, Delphinium, Dianthus, Foxglove, Purple Coneflower, Globe Thistle, Baby's Breath, Coral Bells, Red Hot Poker, Lavender, Lobelia, Lupine, Nicotiana (Flowering Tobacco), Phlox, Poppy, Rudbeckia (Black-Eyed Susan), Sages,
Solidago, and Veronica.

Enjoy your cutting garden!

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