Preserving Valentine’s Day Flowers

Here is some handy information on preserving cut flowers!

The Redneck Rosarian

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Well, the most wonderful time of the year has arrived for the floral trade: Valentine’s Day.
Roses dominate the United States as the #1 flower to give on this occasion and folks are always wanting to know how they can preserve extend the life of the blooms they receive.

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Here are my tips for getting the most our of your Valentine’s Day bouquet

  • If they arrive in a box or wrapped in cellophane, remove them immediately and prepare them for a vase as follows:
    • Fill your container with equal parts water and lemon-lime soda (sprite or 7UP)
    • Add two aspirins
    • Cut the end of the stems of each of the flowers and foliage you receive. The roses don’t care whether you cut straight across or on a slant. Just cut them. This cut allows the stems to be hydrated.
    • As soon as you cut them plunge the stems into the…

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