Friday, December 15

Help Your Valentine's Day Roses Last Longer

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If you’re lucky enough to receive fresh roses on Valentine’s Day, you’ll want to preserve their beauty for prolonged enjoyment.

Upon receiving your fresh rose bouquet, take them out of the box and place them in water as soon as possible.  If that is not possible right away, open the box and place it in a cool area.

Choose a vase that will hold the roses without tipping over.  Fill the vase with lukewarm water.  Crush one aspirin and stir in into the water until dissolved.

Holding the roses under water in the sink, one stem at a time, remove the leaves that will fall below the water line in the vase.  Cut about one inch off of the bottom of each stem while holding the stem under water in the sink.

Quickly transfer the freshly cut stems into the vase of prepared water.  Arrange your roses loosely in the vase.  Set the vase in an area away from direct heat sources. Add warm water to the vase every day.

Every three days completely change the water.  Remember to crush an aspirin and stir in to dissolve before returning the roses to the fresh water.

If your roses come with a packet of floral preservative, use it in place of the crushed aspirin. Follow the directions on the packet of preservative to mix.

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