Caring for your Flowers

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So you have received a beautiful bouquet for your birthday and you admire it every time you walk by. But don’t just look at it….take care it it too! If you take a few simple steps to care for your flowers, they will last up to two weeks!!

If your flowers are loose, cut 1 inch off the bottom with garden snips or sheers (not scissors). Fill vase with room temp water and add 8-10 squirts of flower solution (see recipe below). Arrange flowers in vase, making sure that no leaves or other foliage fall below the water line as this will cause bacteria to form inside the vase. Change water every other day and add more flower solution. One trick I use is to fill a watering can with water and flower solution and overflow the vase in a sink to flush out the old water!! This allows you to “change” the water without disturbing your arrangement.

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If your flowers are pre-arranged, they might be in floral foam. If this is the case, mix several squirts of flower solution with water in a2014-07-16 14.07.47 small watering can and add water to the vase daily.

If there are hydrangea in your arrangement, mist heads with water from a spray bottle (NO flower solution — label your bottles to avoid mixing them up). Keep all flowers in a cool location.

Flower food/preservative recipe:

Mix 2 tablespoons of lemon juice or bottled “Real Lemon,” 1 tablespoon of sugar, a 1/4 teaspoon of bleach and a quart of warm water in a spray bottle.

This regimen will take just a few minutes a day and will keep your flowers looking fresh and beautiful!!!

Earth laughs in flowers
–Henry David Thoreau


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