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Taking Care of Your Cut Flowers

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When a florist delivers a gift of beautiful fresh flowers we often place them in a position of prominence and just leave them until they begin to wilt when just a little care of cut flowers could help them to maintain their freshness and extend their life by many days.

Before you place your floral arrangement in a vase, remove any leaves that may extend down into the water. Water saturated leaves will quickly rot and this leads to the production of bacteria.

It is also wise to remove a small section of the stem by cutting at an angle with a sharp pair of sissors or sharp knife. The extra area of stem end allows for greater water absorbtion. This trimming may have to be done every couple of days, just look for a discolouration or slight rotting of the stem.

Another insurance measure to extend the life of flowers is to change the water in the vase daily, and always add some cut flower food that can be purchased from most florists.

Also be aware that the care of cut flowers includes them not being placed in a draught, near heat coming from a room heater or in sunshine shining through a window, all of which will tend to have an acceleration of water loss and so develope premature wilting.

In warm weather an occassional spray with water from a misting nozzle will help to maintain humidity near the flowers and the small droplets look quite attractive on the petals, particularly on roses.

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