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Flower Power

06/30/2009

Some tips I pulled from a magazine article:

A few drops of Clorox can substitute as “flower food” in the vase.

100 roses for $99.99 (plus $7 tax) from Costco.com (Non-members will have a $5 surcharge.) Red, white, off-white, pink, yellow, orange and assorted color mix available! Check out other bulk flowers, such as Gerbera Daisies, calla lilies, sunflowers, mums and lilies.

Place hydrangea blossoms face-down in room temperature water for about 20 minutes before displaying, then shake them out and remove extra foliage.

Lightly spritz PAM on tropical flowers like bird-of-paradise to seal the pores to prevent dried out blooms.

Wrap roses in brown packaging paper (to protect the blooms) then snip a bit of stem off, and place in 1 inch of boiling water. Leave the stems in the water til it turns tepid, then give the stems another trim and transfer to cool water.

Use clear elastic ponytail holders around stems to secure arrangements, about 4 inches below blossoms.

Avoid scissors when trimming stems and opt instead for a sharp knife or garden clippers.

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