Maximize your budget! Take good care of your flowers to keep them lasting!
Studies have shown that the presence of flowers help to reduce stress, increase social interaction, and make people smile. I can't think of a better time to give flowers!
But we are all careful with the dollars we spend these days. You need to make sure you get the most for your money and enjoy your flowers for as long as possible by taking good care of them. Follow these simple steps to ensure you're getting the most from your flowers.
Before you put the flowers in the vase, remove all leaves that will be below the waterline (to avoid bacteria growth, cut about 1" off the bottom of the stem and include flower food in your water for extra nutrients.
If the water becomes cloudy after a few days, replace it entirely with properly mixed flower food solution.
If possible, re-cut stems by removing approximately 1" inch with a sharp knife or scissors. (The cut ends of the stems tend to "heal over" so re-cutting them allows them to draw up more water)
Flowers have different life spans. Once some flowers begin to fade, remove them, and transfer the longer-lasting flowers to a smaller vase to place elsewhere in your home.
Present your flowers in a place where they can be enjoyed by all but keep them away from direct heat (they like to be cool) and away from the exposure to the strong sunlight of a window.
Shop strategically. Your local florist is the person to trust. They truly are the expert in flower knowledge, procurement and flower care. They know their customers likes and dislikes and will ensure that they have the right flowers available for you. Many flower shops often fly-in flowers directly from growers in Columbia and Equador and other regions of the globe directly to their shop so that you are guaranteed the best and freshest product available. Ask your florist for the freshest seasonal varieties in stock that day.
Added on 11/18/2009
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