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How to Make Flowers and Bouquets Last Longer

Michael Gaffney's 5 Tips For Keeping Your Valentine's Day Flowers Fresh

Valentine's Day has come and gone, but I hope your bouquets are still looking beautiful. To help keep them in fine form throughout the coming week, I asked Michael Gaffney, celebrity floral designer and founder of the American School of Flower Design — who showed us how to DIY a gorgeous Christmas centerpiece — for his tips on extending the life of cut flowers.

Here are his tips:

  • Cut the stems at a 45-degree angle with sharp scissors when you first get them and every day after that.
  • Dip the flowers upside down in water as soon as you get them.
  • Add a drop of bleach to kill bacteria growth from rotting the water transport system.
  • Don’t place flowers in direct sunlight or by appliances like computers, which can cause the flowers to dehydrate.
  • Keep flowers away from fruit and plants, which give off ethylene. This gas will cause your flowers to wilt too soon.
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