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How do I extend the life of cut flowers?

Ask an Expert: Nicole Quigley

Some flowers last a long time (carnations!) and some don’t (peonies!), but either way there are a few tips on how to care for your cut flowers.

Make sure the container you place your flowers in is so clean you would drink out of it, then add several centimetres of clean tap water. Remove all foliage that will be below the water line (in fact, I remove all the leaves).

Give your flowers a clean cut on an angle and place in water. This water should be emptied every two to three days and refilled. While you’re doing that, give the flowers another fresh cut, on an angle.

Keep flowers away from any heat source or cold draft. As blooms fade, remove them to prevent bacteria in the water, between the stems, and on the container.

Nicole Quigley is a qathet-based florist who owns Bloom Therapy.

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