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As flowers age:
- foliage will start to yellow from bottom upwards
- stems will discolor from bottom up as bacteria spreads from cut
- seeds or pollen on flower head will open and shed spores
- petals will fade in colour, lose moisture, dehydrate and eventually collapse
Change water daily, recut stems often and enjoy your flowers longer.
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