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Extending the life of cut flowers
November 30, 2010
Cut flowers are an ideal go-to gift to commemorate holidays, birthdays, successes and milestones, but not everyone that receives these graceful blooms knows how to make them last.
Here's a few tips on how to extend the life of your cut flowers, so that the next time you have a bunch of blossoms on your hands, you'll know how to make the most of them.
First and foremost, keep the water clean. According to the Chicago Tribune, dirty water that hasn't been changed enough produces bacteria that "clog stems and hasten rotting," which can also be prevented by using the anti-bacterial packets that often come with
The news source also recommends using only sharp knives or scissors to cut stems on an angle, as blunt blades will damage stems and keep them from absorbing water properly. Cutting stems short also allows the flower to receive water and bloom more quickly, according to the Tribune.
It's also a good idea to remove any excess leaves, especially any left in the water, advises MasterGardeners.org. To be extra sure you're providing the best possible environment, the website also suggests cutting flowers while they're already submerged in water so that no air gets into the stems.
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