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Flower Blog Archive - March 2006

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Blue Roses

Roses are red, violets are blue. But what if roses were blue? In that case, florists might make a lot of green. Scientists are now closing in on a prize that has obsessed rose lovers for centuries -- the creation of the true blue rose.Because blue pigment does not exist in roses, like it does in forget-me-nots or blue poppies, the only way to create a blue rose is to manipulate its genetic code. And millions of dollars are being spent on the effort by genetic engineering companies. The prize is a nice chunk of the $25 billion global cut-flower market, which hasn't seen a major twist in roses since the introduction of yellow around the turn of the last century. To create blue, the Western world's most popular color, scientists have plucked genes from blue petunias, fiddled with indigo-producing enzymes from the human liver and tapped into the mystery of King George III's occasionally blue urine. (A story in itself.) found this interesting information on http://www.plantea.com/blue-roses.htm

Shamrocks and Four-Leaf Clovers

It's almost St. Patrick's Day, so you know everyone will soon be talking about Irish shamrocks and four-leaf clovers. The two have become conflated in the popular mind, but a legend involving St. Patrick hints at a distinction between shamrocks and four-leaf clovers. This article begins by asking, "What is a shamrock, exactly?" But as the article progresses, I talk about clover's virtues vis-a-vis grass as a lawn plant. With clover, you get cute flowers in your lawn -- and so much more....

You still have time to plant tulip bulbs

Pam Tharp, "Between the Rows" columnist writes- "If you've dialed down the thermostat this winter to reduce your heating bills, saving money may not be the only benefit. The cooler temperatures will make cut flowers like tulips last longer in the house, according to the Netherlands Flower Bulb Information Center."
According to her the research shows the temperature of the room is the most important factor in determining the vase life of cut tulips. When the temperature is 86 degrees or above, tulips will fade in two to three days. At a cool 50 degrees, the tulips will last up to 17 days, but that's a little chilly for most of us. Someplace in the middle might be about right for both you and the tulips.
If tulips in a vase are the only ones you'll have this spring because you didn't plant any last fall, take heart. You can still plant tulip bulblettes later this month, along with bulblettes of daffodils and crocus. Bulblettes are the already potted bulbs for forcing that garden shops usually offer in the spring. Forcing means the bulb was tricked into blooming earlier and indoors by extended chilling in coolers or the refrigerator.
Forced bulbs provide quick spring color to brighten drab winter days. Instead of letting the bulblettes bloom indoors, experts say you can plant them outside in a few weeks and they'll bloom outdoors like they'd been there all winter. Choose pots with young green sprouts just beginning to show buds. It's best to wait to plant until the winter starts to wane, but in Indiana it's hard to know sometimes just when that is. Spring-flowering bulbs are pretty frost-hardy, so they probably won't take much harm even if you jump the gun a bit. Before planting the bulblettes, move them from the house into an unheated garage for a few days to slowly acclimate them to the much cooler temperatures outdoors.

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