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Keeping your blooms longer

Valentine's Day is fast approaching so you should be prepared for all of the flowers you are going to receive (Tightwad firmly believes that it's best to plan ahead!). With the right steps, you should be able to extend the life of your cut roses or other cut flowers for up to seven days. Here are some tips:

Clean and recut the stems so that they get adequate nourishment to the flowers. It's best to cut stems in warm water to keep them free of air bubbles, which can block water uptake. If the flowers arrive in a vase, make sure they are in water. Cut the stems the second day to clear any calluses that could block water intake. Put in fresh water, preferably with some floral food.
Floral food is important: it is a bactericide that keeps stems from rotting and it has nutritional content, which will help tight buds to open. Plain water should be changed daily. Keep the flowers in a cool area. The vase should be keep clean to prohibit rotting.

The only thing left to do now and sit back and put your feet up, admire your flowers, and eat bonbons.


Leagh@bunchesdirect said...

Thanks for sharing! The durability of the bouquet depends also on the type of flowers. Flowers with thick petals will stand in a vase longer than gentle and soft blooms. If the air in the room is dry, the flowers should be sprayed with water from the sprinkler.

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