Supermarket flower stem getting new leaves

Asked December 3, 2019, 5:41 PM EST

I am very curious about this: a bouquet of regular fall stems had one which started to develop new leaves. It is a daisy/chrysanthemum type stem. I have never seen this phenomenon befor. Any ideas why this happened?

Baltimore Maryland

1 Response

These new stems came from dormant buds on the stem that were activated by moist, warm conditions. This is natural, though not often seen. It's possible to root these new stems. These flower species can also be rooted from cut stems, but by the time a homeowner gets them in a floral arrangements, it is usually too late to do so.