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Should I feed my cut flowers with flower food?

Ask an Expert: Nicole Quigley

The short answer? No.

The long answer? No, because who needs another chemical wrapped in a one-time-use plastic package in their house?

Also, it doesn’t actually prolong the life of your cut flowers, in fact it helps the blooms burst open faster, which is great for a beautiful showy flower but not so great for the life of the flower.

The best way to extend the life of your fresh-cut flowers is to replace the water in your vase with clean water and clean out your vase with every water change to reduce the bacteria build up.

Nicole Quigley is a qathet-based florist who owns Ever Red Fresh Designs.

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