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4 Tips On How To Prolong The Life Of Your Fresh Flowers

Keep them from wilting too soon

Original Article: Coni Tejada Photography: Chrisia Borda (Main Photo)

One downside of having fresh flowers in a vase is that they wilt after a few days. But you can extend their life, so you can admire them longer. Here are a few tips from interior designer Leo Almeria:

1. Create an appropriate arrangement. 

Make sure that it suits the occasion and the spot where it will be placed. Also consder the materials you have on hand. Do you have the right vase? Do you have enough floral foams for your arrangement? Also, use flowers that are in season. 

2. Let your flowers breathe before arranging them. 

Lilies, Casa Blanca, and Staragazers need to be exposed to the air first before being placed in a vase. Take them out of their packaging and let then breathe for a few minutes. Then, cut a small portion of the stems and dip them in hot water. Do this for flowers that have been kept in plastic bags or boxes for a long time. 

3. Fill your vase with only one inch of water. 

Do this so only an inch of the stem will rot (and not the entire stem). After three days, empty your vase, clean it with soap, and pour an inch of water inside. Cut the rotten part of the stem diagonally, while it is submerged in water, so the water can help seal the cut. 

3. Choose orchids if you want flowers that last longer. 

If you have hydrangeas, take out the brown pollen so as not to stain your clothes and hands. 

Read the original article (“Flower Power”) in the November 2006 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy on the Real Living App. Log on to for more details.  

PHOTOS: Jun Pinzon | Chrisia Borda (3 and 4)

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