All flowers should be cut and placed in water at least eighteen hours before being put on the counter or shipped to the retailer. Varieties that easily drop their petals, as some of the most beautiful do, and yet desirable, should be in water thirty-six hours. This will harden the flowers and hold the petals. If the flowers are to be shipped it is time well spent to pack with the greatest care so they arrive at their destination as perfect as when they were cut.
Unless with the very early blooms where a fancy price is obtainable, all flowers should be well developed. An immature flower will wilt quicker than one fully out.
It is an advantage if you have to put several varieties on the same bench that they be all early or mid-season or late or planted in such arrangement that the bench can be cleared out as you cut, for you are often very pressed for room about this time.