Tips On Caring For Your Valentine's Day Flowers

Written by Gerry Belvedere

With Valentine's Day just aroundrepparttar corner, we thought this would be a great time to share a few tips on caring for cut flowers.

Imagine it's Valentine's Day and you've just received a glorious bunch of roses. You put them in your best vase and you stand back to admire them. You'd love to make them last as long as you possibly can, but other than keeping them out of direct sunlight, you're not sure what to do.

Here are some tips on how to extendrepparttar 113375 shelf life of your roses:

1. Removerepparttar 113376 roses fromrepparttar 113377 vase and put them in a temporary container.

2. Cleanrepparttar 113378 vase by washing it thoroughly in water with household bleach.

3. Fillrepparttar 113379 vase with fresh water and add a half teaspoon of household bleach for each litre (16 fluid ounces) of water.

How To Check If Cut Flowers Are Fresh

Written by Gerry Belvedere

Fresh flowers should feel crisp or firm. Before you buy, run your hand underrepparttar flower heads from stem to petal tip. Proceed gently underrepparttar 113374 petals so as not to bruise them.

Ifrepparttar 113375 flower vendor objects, give them a withering look and enquire in a loud voice, "Are these flowers fresh?"

Ifrepparttar 113376 flowers feel soft, cool or damp, don't buy them.

Keep testingrepparttar 113377 other bunches until you find a good one. Often there are only one or two bunches older thanrepparttar 113378 others. Look and listen. Really fresh flowers will make a soft rustling sound as you stroke them.

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