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Making Flowers Last

By Nikki Willhite

Flowers are beautiful. When we bring them into our homes, either as gifts, purchased at the store, or cut from the garden, we want them to last as long as possible. Fresh flowers can last up to a week with proper care.

Here are some tips to keep them looking good as long as possible.

General Guidelines

Always trim the bottoms of fresh flowers before you place them in water. Cut off about an inch, and make the cut at a 45-degree angle.

Trim them with a sharp knife and try to do it under water so that as soon as the stem is cut, it will fill up with water.

Always cut off stems beneath the water level.

Flowers last longer when given nutrients designed for cut flowers. If you display a lot of flowers in your home, pick up some plant food at your local florist shop.

Check your flowers daily to make sure there is still plenty of water in their container. If the water is not clear, change it.

Cut Flowers

Cut flowers should be put into water as soon as possible. If you canít get them in a vase right away, set them in a cool, dark place.

Buy flowers that stand up firm, and still have buds waiting to open.

Avoid spotty foliage.

Floral Arrangements

If your flowers are in foam, do not let the foam get dry.

Do not put your flower arrangements in direct sunlight, or any other place that will dry them out.

Avoid placing near hot or cold blowing air, such as near furnace vents and fans. Objects that use electricity, like your television, also heat up, and will dry out your flowers.


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