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6 Tips for Making Fresh Flowers Last Longer


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I love getting fresh flowers, but what I don’t love is how quickly they fade. But with a little maintenance and a few tricks, you can get extra days of enjoyment out of your cut flowers. Here are a few things you can do to keep your bouquet looking fresh for longer.

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Cut the stems.

Most flowers benefit from cutting the stems at an angle with kitchen shears. A clean, angled slice will remove any rot and give the stems more surface area to absorb water.

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Trim off extra leaves.

Any vegetation in your vase’s water is going to rot. So remove any leaves that will sit under the surface of your water.

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Feed the water.

Add a penny from 1982 or earlier to the water. The copper is naturally antimicrobial. Or add flower food. It does the same thing. 

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Use lukewarm water.

If the water is too hot or too cold, it will shock the flowers — and that’s not good! Treat them like Goldilocks and give them water that’s juuuust right.

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Change water. 

Change the water every 1 to 2 days — before it gets cloudy! When you do, scrub the vase’s interior and re-trim the stems.

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Keep it cool. 

Place flowers in the fridge overnight. Just like your local florist. It’s especially helpful in the summer or if you live in warmer climates. 

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