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Poppy Preserver

Martha Stewart Living, June 1996

Poppy stems are full of sap; when their ends are cut, the sap drains out and the blooms become lifeless in almost no time. To preserve them, hold each cut stem over the flame of a match or lighter until the stem seals. Other sap-filled flowers, including hydrangeas, hellebores, euphorbias, clematis, and hollyhocks, should get the same treatment.