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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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Daisy6264 Daisy6264 10 years
I do a good job keeping my flowers and plants looking good.
Midnightkiss4u09 Midnightkiss4u09 10 years
Sorry marci i mean.
Midnightkiss4u09 Midnightkiss4u09 10 years
Irish i do the aspirin and it works.
Marci Marci 10 years
I've tried the aspirin and it seems to work. But I do all the other things mentioned too, so who knows if it really was the aspirin! :D
kungfubunni kungfubunni 10 years
i heard adding crushed aspirin works if you don't have the floral pack, but i've never tried it!
SweetMagicFairy SweetMagicFairy 10 years
i heard about the 7-up in a movie i cant remember which thought .. thanx for the other tips =)
vmruby vmruby 10 years
Wow 7-up thats one i've never heard before.I did try the sugar in the water but it really didn't help.Maybe i put too much in????
guineapiggin9 guineapiggin9 10 years
I do that too, but if you don't get one of those floral packet thingees, just adding some sugar to the water helps. I also read somewhere that if you put your flowers in 7-UP instead of water that that helps too, but I could never waste perfectly good soda on flowers! :)
vmruby vmruby 10 years
My husband buys me roses frequently and this is how i make them last. I cut the stems on a slant(i take about a half inch off the stem)with a sharp scissor and change the water every 2 days plus i use the floral packets they supply as well. They really help the flowers stay fresher much longer.....
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
very interesting. i always end up killing flowers b/c i put too much water in the vase. i just can't eyeball it! i'll have to pay more attention and do these steps next time.
brielleblonde brielleblonde 10 years
i followed these steps after valentine's day wen my boyfriend gave me roses. My flowers lasted 2 weeks longer than most of the other girls in my dorm. they always asked me "how come ur flowers didn't die yet"... finding out none of the girls changed the water for their flowers. but i guess thats college for you..
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