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Flower Care Instructions
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Flower Care Tip 1 Tip # 1. Always cut stems at a sharp angle. This increases the surface area of the stem and allows water to be better absorbed through the stem.
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Flower Care Tip 2 Tip # 2. Stems cut at an angle will not rest flush against the bottom of the container; thus they allow the water to penetrate the stem.
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Flower Care Tip 3 Tip # 3. After the end of the stem is cut, place it directly into the water. It only takes a minute for the stem to begin to dry and seal up.
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Flower Care Tip 4 Tip # 4. Thick stems and thin branches should be cut at an angle, and then cut up the center for better water absorption through the fibrous stems.
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Flower Care Tip 5 Tip # 5. Thick stems and thin branches should be cut at an angle, and then cut up the center for better water absorption through the fibrous stems.
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Flower Care Tip 6 Tip # 6. Remove the extra bark around the shat­tered part of the stem to prevent contami­nating the water. This will prolong the vase life of the flowers.
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Flower Care Tip 7 Tip # 7. Pull or trim all leaves and thorns that will be below the water level in the container. Allowing such materials to decompose in water will allow harmful bacteria to shorten the life of the flowers.
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Flower Care Tip 8 Tip # 8. Scrape all of the small debris on the stem — such as small thorns, branching stems, etc. — with a sharp, curved knife to thoroughly clean the stem before it is placed in the water.
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Flower Care Tip 9 Tip # 9. Clean stems should be placed in the deepest water possible to promote vase life. Water can be absorbed from the out­side part of the stem as well as the base, A nick or crack in the stem left exposed above the water level can create an air pocket and block water flow to the flower. The deeper the water, the less likely this is to occur.
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Flower Care Tip 10 Tip # 10. In conditioning flowers, the water temperature should be comfortably warm. Submerge your hand to test the water. Cold water is not as readily absorbed by the flower. Hot water will penetrate the stem, but will almost shock the flower.
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Flower Care Tip 12 Tip # 11. Once flowers are placed in water, they begin to decompose or break down by releasing gases and forming bacteria. The cleaner the stems and the less debris in the water, the less decomposition occurs, and the longer the flowers will last.
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Flower Care Tip 12 Tip # 12. All the same kind of flower in a vase or container will last longer than a mix of different types. Certain flowers have a different makeup and decompose by different means. This mixed reaction can shorten the life of all the flowers. The same kind of flower will break down by the same reaction, Actually, a single flower in a vase will last longer than several of the same kind.
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Flower Care Tip 13 Tip # 13. Cloudy or discolored water is an indication of decomposition and bacterial growth. Change the water in the container at least every couple of days, using new, warm water. This will open the stems to allow water to flow to the flower.
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Flower Care Tip 14 Tip # 14. Fresh, clean water is best for the vase life of flowers. Some commercial floral foods can lengthen the vase life as well, but be very careful in measuring the amount. Using too much can actually be harmful. Homemade versions or substitutions, such as lemon lime soda, are not a good idea, because sugar promotes bacterial growth in the water.
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Flower Care Tip 15 Tip # 15. Stems will develop a film and become discolored from stagnating in the water; this blocks water flow to the flower. Recut the stems each time the water is changed to allow water to penetrate the stem.
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Flower Care Tip 16 Tip # 16. Mixed arrangements are sometimes hard to disassemble to change the water and to recut the stems. Flushing the container with fresh water will help somewhat to prolong the life of the bouquet. Use the tap or the spray nozzle on your sink full force for a few minutes with warm water to flush the container completely.
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Flower Care Tip 17 Tip # 17a. Use a piece of heavy twine to tie your arrangement at the top of the container. Once the flowers are tied snugly, pull them from the vase. Recut all the stems at an angle.
   
Flower Care Tip 17b Tip # 17b. Clean the vase, and change the water. Hold the tied bouquet upside down.
   
Flower Care Tip 17c Tip # 17c. Place back into the container and cut the twine. Your bouquet should fall back into place.
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Flower Care Tip 18 Tip # 18a. Many flowers will open in the light. This does not mean they are not fresh. It is the nature of that type of flower, which will close again in the dark. Temperature will also cause the same effect.
   
Flower Care Tip 18b Tip # 18b. Warmer temperatures will cause the flower to open, and cooler temperatures will cause it to close.
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Flower Care Tip 19 Tip # 19. Flowers last best in temperatures around 45 degrees. Misting flowers with cold water a few times a day will cool them and create this environment temporarily. Flowers can also absorb this extra moisture through their petals.
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Flower Care Tip 20 Tip # 20. Keep flowers out of direct light. Flowers will last longer in a place of low to indirect light. Light creates heat and speeds up the life cycle of the flower. However, flowers with a green tinge owing to early cutting, or tightly budded flowers and branches, will need a strong light source to develop. Once the flowers show full color, put them in a place with less light so they will last.
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Flower Care Tip 21 Tip # 21. Most flowers are accustomed to the outdoors, so air circulation is important for their vase life. Keep them in a place with good airflow. Cigarette smoking is harmful to flowers.
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Flower Care Tip 22 Tip # 22. Many believe that placing flowers in the refrigerator at night helps them last longer. However, many foods may cause a negative reaction in the flowers from the gases they release in the breakdown process. Placing your flowers next to a window or in a cool room at night is a good idea.
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Flower Care Tip 23 Tip # 23. Purchased cut flowers will usually be wrapped in paper or cellophane to protect them. It is a good idea to leave them wrapped and hydrating in deep water for about an hour when they are brought home before conditioning or arranging them. This ensure the flowers will be upright.
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Flower Care Tip 24 Tip # 24. Pinching or trimming off spent blossoms and leaves encourages other blossoms to open and makes the flower last longer. The spent blossoms take some of the energy the flower has to stay alive. Trimming these away allows the flower to channel the energy to the healthy parts.
 
Flower Care Tip 25 Tip # 25. Some flowers, such as carnations and dahlias, have separations or nodes along their stems.The stem is thicker and more fibrous at these parts. Cut the stem between the nodes to allow water to penetrate the stem.
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Flower Care Tip 26 Tip # 26. Branching or spray flowers will last longer if the stems are separated at their base. This allows for water to be directly absorbed by each blossom.
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Flower Care Tip 27 Tip # 27a. Some flowers secrete sap or latex when cut. Singeing the ends will keep this fluid contained in the stem. The fluid is what the flower needs to last.
   
Flower Care Tip 27b Tip # 27b. Some believe that placing the end in boiling water will seal the stem. This works, but the hot steam is not good for the flower itself; burning the end works the best. Try using a gas flame on a stove, or a candle with an extra-thick wick. Singe about one-half to one inch of the base of the stem.
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Flower Care Tip 28 Tip # 28. Poisonous flowers are best used alone in their own container. These flowers secrete latex that is harmful to other flowers. Condition by standing them in deep water with a drop of bleach for 24 hours before mixing with other flowers.
 
Flower Care Tip 29 Tip # 29. Tall or heavy flowers, such as lilies and hybrid delphiniums, may bend or break before they are completely hydrated.Tie the tip of the flower and the middle part of the stem to a branch or stick loosely with twine to support the flower for proper hydration.
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Flower Care Tip 30 Tip # 30a. Flowers with hollow stems, such as amaryllis, are designed to draw water up through the outer layers of the stem. Some believe that filling the stem with water and plugging the end will help the flower last longer,This may help, but it is unnecessary because of the way the flower is designed.
   
Flower Care Tip 30b Tip # 30b. Hollow stems will crack and break more easily than solid stems. Support them by slowly inserting a stick into the end of the flower. A clean branch or bamboo works well. Covering the stick with a soft, water-absorbent material will protect the inside of the stem and provide extra moisture as well.
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Flower Care Tip 31 Tip # 31a. Bent or cracked stems and flowers that bend owing to their heavy heads can be salvaged with floral wire. Insert the wire partway into the strong area above the bend or break, or under the flower head.
   
Flower Care Tip 31b Tip # 31b. Support the stem with the wire and straighten it to the upright position.
   
Flower Care Tip 31c Tip # 31c. Gently wrap the wire around the rest of the stem.
   
Flower Care Tip 31d Tip # 31d. Wrap the stem or the point of incision with floral tape to keep air from blocking water to the stem.
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Flower Care Tip 32 Tip # 32. If flowers wilt or droop prematurely, cutting them short and placing them in slightly warmer water should revive them. Both the cutting and water temperature help the blossom absorb water more quickly.
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Flower Care Tip 33 Tip # 33. Some flowers bend or droop because their flower heads become too heavy for their stems. The stems become water­logged and stop conveying water to the blossom. A tiny prick just below the head of the flower will release air, thus increasing the water flow.
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Flower Care Tip 34 Tip # 34. Wilted flowers can also be revived by completely submerging them in cool water. Do this by filling a deep bucket or tub with cool water. Place the flowers lying down in the water and weigh them down with a weight of some kind, like a brick. Let the flowers stay submerged for a few hours.
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Flower Care Tip 35

Tip # 35a. Some flowers bend or droop owing to light, temperature changes, or just because it is the nature of that flower.

   
Flower Care Tip 35b Tip # 35b. Gently roll the paper around the flowers, forming a cone shape.
   
Flower Care Tip 35c Tip # 35c. Secure the paper with twine or with staples so that the paper braces the flowers.
   
Flower Care Tip 35d

Tip # 35d. Mist the flowers and paper to keep them damp. Place the cone of flowers in deep water for several hours.

Tip # 35e. Unwrap the flowers and they will be upright again.

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