February 14, 2010

Keep Your Flowers Fresher Longer


Fresh Flowers

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Did you get fresh flowers?  Do you love fresh flowers, but hate that they don’t last very long?  I recently read an article which included a brief discussion with Kate Law of proflowers.com on how to keep your fresh flowers looking fresh and lovely longer.

1.  Fill the vase with fresh lukewarm water.

2. Cut the stems of each bloom at an angle with a sharp knife to allow more water to be absorbed.

3.  Place the vase out of direct sunlight in a cool non-drafty area.

4.  Refresh the water and trim the stems 1/2 inch every other day.

5.  In place of flower food, fill the vase with 1/2 water and 1/2 lemon-lime soda.  The sugar in the lemon-lime soda will feed the blooms and the acidity in the soda will keep bacteria at bay.  If you do not have lemon-lime soda, you can achieve a similar result by using a teaspoon each of bleach and sugar.

Enjoy your flowers longer and appreciate that you’re stretching your dollar for your enjoyment!

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