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Tips for Preserving Flowers
Taking Care of Fresh Flowers
Remove the flowers from the packaging.  Re-cut flower stems at the opposite angle that they were originally cut. This will open the stem and allow more water to get inside. Stems should be cut under water to prevent air from getting inside the stem. Cut the stem at a 45-degree angle. This allows the stem to have a greater exposed surface area for water absorption.

Get the vase and water ready for the flowers. Make sure that your vase is clean and free of bacteria or algae. Fill up a large bottle with running water and leave it to settle down for 30 mins before you pour it into the vase. 

Remove all the leaves that might be submerged in the water before putting the flowers in the vase. Leaves have the tendency to decay and when these leaves rot, water will be contaminated and thus shorten the vase life of your flowers. Do not overcrowd the vase.


Keep the vase away from direct sunlight and strong winds to avoid rapid respiration. You may place your vase in a cool place at night, such as a refrigerator, to keep flowers fresh and bright. The lower the temperature of the room they are placed in, the longer the flowers will last. However, if the flowers are subjected to temperatures below four degrees, their internal cells can get easily damaged and this will dry out the flowers. Make sure the temperature is not too cold for the flowers. Remove dead flowers immediately because they release ethylene gas. This will cause the rest of the flowers to die as well. Ethylene gas is also released by fruit, so don't put your vase next to a bowl of fruit if you want your arrangement to last.

Remove wilted flowers if you see any so they do not contaminate the rest. It is all right to replace the water every two days. Your flowers' water should be completely changed, not just topped off. Water that sits longer can encourage bacteria to grow which will cause flowers to wilt. Add preservatives when you change water. The preservative feeds your flowers with sugar while it disinfects to kill bacteria and keep it from prematurely killing your flowers. Another method is to add a crushed panadol in the water to help kill bacteria and make flowers last. You can also re-cut the stem for improved water absorption.
Preserving Dead Flowers
Some people like to preserve a flower forever to use in dead flower arrangements, or to keep the flowers for scrapbooking or memory boxes. Choose a flower that is still alive and in good condition. Hang it upside down so it can keep its shape as it air dries. If you wish to flatten the flower instead, place it into the center a heavy book. Close the book and leave it there until the flower dries out.

That’s all, folks. Flowers are living things. Love and take care of them just like you take care of yourself and your loved ones.


Hope these tips are helpful to you!


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