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3 Essential Flower Care Tips

The Martha Stewart Show, May 2010

If you've spent time and money on a beautiful flower arrangement, you might as well do everything you can to ensure a long, full life for your flowers. By taking these simple steps, you can just about triple their life span.

1. Change the Water
By changing the water every other day, you prevent bacterial buildup and ensure that the flowers are receiving their proper nutrients. Be sure to wash the vase before refilling it with cold water and flower food or bleach. Then, give the flowers a fresh 1/2-inch cut, and place them back in the vase.

2. Mist the Petals
In addition to their stems, flowers also drink through their petals. If you keep a mister bottle full of water handy, you can give them a quick spray whenever you walk by.

3. Store in the Fridge
One of the best ways you can keep cut flowers fresh is to store them in the refrigerator overnight. This makes an especially big difference during the summer or if your house tends to run warm.