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Ever wonder how to make your special roses last longer?  A few extra minutes of care can extend the life of those flowers.

Preparing your flowers:

  • When you get home, cut off at least ¼” of each rose stem (use a clean knife or scissors) and place immediately in room temperature water. They can stay this way until you have a few minutes to finish caring for them.
  • Put fresh water in a CLEAN vase. Many bouquets die from bacteria left over from former “tenants.” Wash your vases in hot, soapy water. You can also clean vases with a mild bleach solution and rinse.  Inexpensive vases can go on the top shelf of the dishwasher.
  • Add the floral “food” that is usually attached to the bouquet. If your store doesn’t provide it, try this homemade recipe (2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1/2 teaspoon household chlorine bleach, 1 quart warm water ).
  • Treat each rose separately. Cut another ¼” to  ½” off the stem. Cutting them at an angle allows more surface area for water absorption. Remove all leaves that will placed below water level. Arrange each rose into the fresh, treated water.

In the vase:

  • Keep roses in a fairly cool spot, out of direct sunlight.
  • Every 2 to 4 days, cut ¼” to ½” off the stems and place flowers in fresh water. You’ll be amazed at how long they will last.

This technique works for most flowers.

How can I tell if the flowers I buy are fresh?
One thing to look for in roses is a tight bud. If the roses are open, they won’t last as long.  Also look at the leaves. If the leaves look yellow or dry, the flowers may be older.

Would you like your Poinsettias to outlast the holiday season? Keep reading for some helpful tips that will help your plant last longer—maybe even until Valentine’s day.

Proper Temperature
The ideal temperature should be easy to reach at about 65 to 70 degrees.  The placement of your plant, however, takes more attention. Avoid placing it near a window with a cool draft or near a heat duct. Your poinsettia will enjoy a moist environment, such as a nearby bathroom or kitchen sink.

tip: a sign that your flowers are lacking humidity: The leaves turn yellow or brown and the buds begin to drop.

Your poinsettia will need to be watered once a week, on average, to keep the soil moderately damp to the touch.  If your plant is located in a warmer location or in direct sunlight, it may need to be watered more frequently.

tip: the foil wrapping around your poinsettia may cause a soggy bottom.  Poke drain-holes into the foil and place it on a plate or tray to drain.

Poinsettias like lots of light but NOT direct light.  Choose a location wisely, airing on the side of too much rather than too little.

Nothing says “You’re special” like a surprise bouquet of flowers! Keep that special feeling as long as possible with these tips for keeping your blooms fresh and pretty:

  1. Put fresh-cut flowers into water right away to keep them from wilting. Use a clean vase or container.
  2. Trim away any leaves that will be underwater while in the vase. Submerged leaves rot, causing bacteria build-up and shortening the lifespan of the flowers.
  3. Trim the flower stems before putting your flowers in the vase. The stems should be cut at an angle to allow the flowers to take in as much water as possible.
  4. Add the plant food provided by the florist to the water in the vase. When you change the water (which you should do every 3-4 days), change the plant food as well (if you don’t have any more plant food, sugar is a good substitute).
  5. Don’t display your arrangement in full sun or over a heat sources, as this will cause the flowers to dry out and wilt faster.

Make Mom’s flowers last longer by spraying them with hairspray! Just hold the canister about a foot away from the blooms and spray in an upward direction to keep the flowers from drooping. Make sure to give them plenty of water, split or pound the ends of thick steps so they can drink the water more easily, and change the water every day. Your Mom will enjoy her flowers for days to come!