Flower Freedom

Chani
from Sanhedria asks:

My friend told me that one can now buy cut flowers
without restriction. Is this correct?

Your friend’s statement is
inaccurate. As mentioned last week, any non-food product which has had forbidden
work done to it is forbidden according to many opinions. This would preclude
buying perennials such as roses till Chanukah. In addition, any flowers planted
by Jews during the sh’mittah year remain forbidden. However, by the end
of Chanukah most types of annual flowers will already be available from eighth
year planting. There are some exceptions. The list includes tulips, iris, lilies
and others. These will only become permitted at Pesach time, or later.