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Keep flowers fresh for Valentine's Day

by webdev

February 10, 2011

Valentine's Day flowers are a cheerful way to remind your loved one that you care for them, but it sometimes seems as though the flowers fade too quickly. However, those who are anticipating receiving a batch of beautiful buds for the upcoming holiday can prepare themselves by getting to know how to keep flowers fresh and beautiful for as long as possible.

The Grant Tribune Sentinel recommends first clipping any leaves or other foliage that may dip into the water, because this can breed bacteria that may end up killing the flowers quickly. Additionally, flower admirers should be sure to thoroughly scrub out a vase so that it's clean of any residue. One of the most effective ways to do this is to mix warm water with a small amount of bleach.

Recipients should also consider cutting the stems by around an inch, as this can make it easier for flowers to draw in water through their stems and may increase their longevity.

Once the buds are settled, remember to change their water once every few days. Inspect their resting place to ensure that there are no cold drafts or excessive sources of heat that could end up killing them prematurely.

Botanist Baolin Zheng told the The Daily New Canaan that individuals should also try to wipe the flowers with a warm wet cloth to keep bugs away.


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