Tips To Keep Your Valentine's Flowers Fresh

Flowers are one of the most popular Valentine's Day gifts. They are beautiful to look at and smell, but unless they are cared for properly their life will be short. Follow these tips and you may be enjoying them in March.
  • Use a Clean Vase - Don't use the same vase you used last time without cleaning it. Bacteria from the last bouquet will start to grow and ruin your flowers as soon as the vase is filled it with water. Here are some tips on how to clean a vase: Amazing Tip for Cleaning Cloudy Vases and Alka-Seltzer to the Rescue for Vases.
  • Super Charge the Water - Bacteria is the enemy of fresh cut flowers. You can fight bacteria off by adding a small amount of bleach to the water, a few drops will do. Your flowers need to be feed, so use a packet of flower food or add a teaspoon of sugar to the water.
  • Cut Stems Underwater - Fill a bowl with lukewarm water and let the bottom of the stems rest in the water for a few minutes. Cut the stems at a 45 degree angle under the water to keep air from getting into the stems. At least every three days cut about 1/4" off of the stems under lukewarm running water to keep the stems from closing.
  • Change the Water - Change the water at least every other day. Be sure to add a few drops of bleach and a spoonful of sugar.
  • Keep Flowers Away From Heat - Heat will drain moisture from the flowers. Keep them away from heat sources like direct sunlight, registers, and radiators. A cool location is ideal.
  • Talk to them - Tell them how much they are loved, just as you are loved for receiving them!
  • We covered a few other tips in our post Keep Your Fresh Cut Flowers Longer.
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