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Today's Life Solutions / Decorating / Proflowers  
Four Steps to Longer Lasting Bouquets

May 31, 2004

Flowers have always been an essential ingredient in the occasions of our lives, celebrating or commemorating life passages, as well as expressing appreciation of our relationships, achievements and events. Holding those precious moments longer through flowers is easy with four simple steps suggested by the California Cut Flower Commission:

1. Use clean vases or containers.

2. Remove all leaves which will be under water in the vase. Submerged leaves will rot and create bacteria, shortening the life of your bouquet.

3. Recut the stem of each flower under water using a sharp knife or scissors. This prevents air pockets from forming inside the stems which block water uptake into the flowers. Recut every three days or so.

4. Add floral food, obtained from your local florist, to the vase water. Use the recommended amount for the size of your bouquet. Change the water (and floral food) every three to four days.

ConnectingNeighbors would like to thank the California Cut Flowers Commission ( for providing much of the material used in this section.
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