Five Cut Flowers For People With Pollen Allergies


If you would like to send flowers to a loved one but are aware that the person experiences allergies to plant pollen, you'll be glad to know that there are many types of flowers that are low enough in airborne pollen that they don't bother those with hay fever. Following are five of them.


Hydrangeas are old-fashioned plants that have a great deal of charm and beauty and contain very little pollen. As an added bonus, they stay fresh in the vase for two or more weeks and are attractive enough so that bouquets don't require the addition of other flowers.


Because snapdragons have tubular flowers, their pollen doesn't easily become airborne. Snapdragons come in a wide array of colors and stay fresh in the vase for as long as 10 days. Use clean water, pinch leaves from the lower portion of the stems, and cut them at a 45 degree angle for best results.


Like snapdragons, daffodils have tubular flowers that trap pollen inside rather than allowing it to become airborne. Their cheerful yellow and creamy white colors make them wonderful harbingers of spring. For best results, cut stems at a 45 degree angle and place in shallow water. Cutting the stems frequently will help the blooms last longer. It's best not to mix daffodils with other types of flowers in a bouquet because they release a substance that is harmful to many other flowers.


Lilies are another tubular flower that doesn't emit airborne pollen. Depending on how they are cared for, cut lilies will last anywhere from a few days to over two weeks. Adding floral preservatives to the water will help them last longer. Because lilies prefer a cool environment, be sure to keep them out of the direct sunlight or away from interior heat sources. Clipping their anthers as the flowers open will significantly decrease pollen fallout, and changing the water every two days will help keep flowers fresh. 


Tulips are elegant flowers that symbolize spring. However, advances in commercial greenhouse growing technology make it possible for cut tulips to be available on a year-round basis. Tulips don't produce airborne pollen because of the shape of their flowers. To make them last as long as possible, be sure to purchase bouquets with unopened buds. Cut the stems diagonally about one-half inch from the bottom before placing in a vase containing lukewarm water with a floral preservative mixed in.

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