Classic, delightful flowers that are the essence of summer. There are many varieties today, but all are fairly hardy. Flowers should arrive crisp and fully turgid. Inspect for signs of wilting and shattering. The most open cut will perform best in terms of full maturation and size development, but they have shipping issues. Sunflowers that are cut tight do open, but never fully develop like their more mature counterparts. Remove lower leaves and cut crisply at an angle using a sharp utensil. The flowers should be hydrated in a low sugar holding solution. Be sure to select an appropriate container as they are tall and heavy, and generally need stout support.