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penstemon conditioning

Posted by sugar1 CA,-SF fog belt (My Page) on
Mon, Jun 19, 06 at 19:17

a day after I cut flowering penstemon stems they wilt! I put them in water with flower preservative in the vase with a lot of other flowers. When I cut them, I put them in water within 2 minutes.
In my garden, they are subject to powdery mildew sometimes.

What should be done?

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RE: penstemon conditioning

Hi Sugar1. No expert here, but I found that my penstemon had to be put into hydrating solution immediately upon cutting. I use chrysal OVB liquid and find that the penstemon stay upright and happy. I leave them in this until I actually use them in a bouquet when they are in preservative. Hope this helps.

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