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How to Keep your Flowers Fresh

If you are lucky enough to have someone send you flowers at work, or stop by with a bouquet of your favorite lilies or Gerber daisies just because, you're going to want to keep them looking and smelling fresh and alive for as long as possible. Here are some tips to help keep your flowers in tip top shape!

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  • The faster you put your flowers in water the better
  • Always cut the stems, preferably with a sharp ulcerated knife at an angle to expose the stems to water
  • Trim away any leaves that would be submerged in water once in the vase and if you are handling roses, make sure to leave the thorns on the stems as removing them will shorten their life span
  • Fill your vase as high as you can with lukewarm water for most flowers, but if you are handling bulbs such as tulips or daffodils, it is best to use cold water
  • Change the water in your vase every two to three days as opposed to simply adding more. This is the most important proactive measure to take in order to help keep your flowers living longer
  • When the florist gives you a packet of ingredients to add to your water, use it, as it is meant to offer "life support" to your flowers
  • It is best to keep your flowers out of direct sunlight and in a cool environment
  • When your flowers start to lose their luster, instead of giving up on all of them, rearrange then and throw out the dying flowers and move the live stems into a smaller vase

I hope these tips help the next time you are caring for flowers. One little trick to keep in mind, if you have tulips, drop a few pennies into the vase as the copper tends to keep the stems standing upright! And remember, you don't need to wait for someone to give you flowers; you can always buy them for yourself!


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