How to Extend the Life of Your Cut Flowers
There are a few easy things you can do to prolong the life and look of your flowers. Follow these tips to make sure that your gorgeous arrangement has maximum staying power.
- Excerpted from Fresh Flower Arranging
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The fleshy stems of flowers such as amaryllis, hyacinths and calla lilies can look unsightly in a clear glass vase or container of water if they split. To prevent this from happening, wrap a length of clear tape two or three times around the base of each stem after you have conditioned the flowers. Then place the flower stems in the arrangement as usual.
- Keep arrangements out of direct sunlight and away from radiators to prolong their life.
- If the moss discolors, put it in a sink and pour a kettle of boiling water over it to revive it.
- Scrub your vases and containers with a bottle brush, hot water and dishwashing liquid every time you finish using them. A bottle brush can be angled easily into awkward corners to lift out flower-killing bacteria and dirt.
Excerpted from Fresh Flower Arranging
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