How to care for cut poppies

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Flower Care & Conditioning

Papaver aka Poppy Flowers

Poppies have slender, leafless somewhat fuzzy stems. The flowers are cup shaped and have a tissue paper texture. Poppies are beautiful cut flowers, but can have a poor vase life even when treated delicately. Follow these care instructions to learn how to care for your freshly cut poppy flowers.

Care & Conditioning:

  • Prepare your containers – make sure they’re disinfected and filled with clean fresh water. Use a preservative that contains a bactericide and a carbohydrate to help the flowers open.
  • Cut the stems at a sharp angle and immediately dip them in boiling water for 5 seconds.
  • Poppies excrete latex that helps to protect the flowers. By sealing the stems with the boiling water you will prevent the flowers from wilting prematurely.
  • After sealing the stems place directly into 70-degree F water with a citric acid solution for 2-3 hours.
  • Then place in a preservative that contains a bactericide but NO sugar.
  • Keep flowers in a cool (36-41 degrees F), dark place to prevent buds from opening.
  • If the buds arrive tightly closed store at room temperature (70 to 74 degrees F) to help the flowers open.

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