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Grower profile: Toronto Flower Market

Growers and florists from the Toronto Flower Market share their favourite local flowers and helpful tips.

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Photography by Laura Dart

Poppies: Sas Long, Floralora Flowers
"One of my all-time favourite flowers are poppies. I am totally in love with all varieties, though most don't hold up very well as cut flowers. Luckily, Icelandic Poppies (Papaver nudicaule), one of the most beautifully delicate, romantic varieties, makes a great cut if treated property post-harvest. These are best grown as biennials, sown in the fall but can be grown as annuals if you start them early enough. My favourite variety for cutting is the Champange Bubbles series." 

Sas' tip: For best vase life, cut at cracking bud stage and sear the bottom of the stem with a lighter or a dip in boiling water before putting into water and enjoy these exquisite beauties for days!

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