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2013, October 7

How to prolong the life of your cut flowers

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One of the very first things I’ve learned when I started working at a flower shop (by now, so many years ago) is that cut flowers’ lives can be prolonged.

There are small packets of flower-food people can purchase and add them to the water when placing flowers in vases, or I’ve heard crushed Aspirin, tiny spoonfuls of sugar or a droplet of bleach also help. I’m not really a fan of these however.

In my experience the most effective thing one can do is wash the vases well, change the water in them every single day, cut the stems diagonally, and a little bit more each day when changing the water.
This is why flower arrangements in floral foam (which aren’t tall) last for such a long time.

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What about when flowers in a bouquet start fading at different rates? Simple: rearrange. :)

First off, take the flowers which appear less affected and cut the stems to half, then place them in a smaller vase and treat them as before the bouquet was pulled apart.

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Second, take the more affected flowers (or when you notice fading again) and do the same exact thing. A “baby” vase looks just as pretty as a vase with tall flowers in it!

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Third, one of my favorites, floating flower heads:
What I found is that when flowers such as Gerberas, Lilies and Daisies for example are fading, you can prolong their life if the stem is cut even shorter than short.
You should cut the stem as close to the flower head as possible and arrange them so as to make a bowl of floating flower heads.
I have two champagne glasses (the old, wide type ones from my grandmother’s) which are lonesome, their sets broken years ago. I add water and place my flower’s heads in those. Or in round bowls – glass, clay, whatever you have on hand works.
The end result looks really pretty when your arrangement is placed on a table as a center piece or where ever you have a place for them, and your flowers will live so much longer than they would in a simple vase.

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Do You have any tips that have worked for you and prolonged the life of your cut flowers?

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