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How To Make Cut Flowers Last Longer

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Cut flowers make a beautiful natural decoration in the home. However, the moment they are cut they are separated from their supply of nutrients and will gradually begin to wither and die. There are ways to slow this process and make flowers stay attractive for as long as possible.
What you'll need: 
Fresh water
Large scissors
Large needle
Spray bottle
Flowers require close attention to ensure their longevity. Check the level and clarity of the water in the vase on a daily basis. Fresh water will maximise the oxygen available to the flowers.
A quick and inexpensive alternative to liquid plant food is to add a dissolved teaspoon of sugar and a teaspoon of vinegar to the water in the vase.
Adding a tablespoon of bleach to every 500ml of fresh water will maintain freshness and clarity as well as eliminating odour caused by the breakdown of the flowers.
When preparing fresh flowers use sturdy scissors or secateurs to cut the base of the stem at a 45 degree angle. Make a 1 cm slit up the stem before crushing it and fanning the base fibres out. This will aid absorption of oxygen and nutrients.
Use a large needle to pierce the underwater section of the flowers' stems.The small holes will aid in oxygen absorption.
Ensure that all underwater leaves are removed as these will speed up the decomposition process. Also remove any dead or dying leaves or petals
Being aware of the condition of your flowers will allow you to keep them fresh and attractive for as long as possible.



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