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COLUMN: Tips for giving cut flowers for Valentine’s Day

Rosanne LoParco
Master Gardener Volunteer
Posted 2/13/22

St. Valentine’s Day is recognized in many countries. Sending romantic cards to suitors for Valentine’s Day was one of the first customs which began in the early 19th century. Sending flowers is a …

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COLUMN: Tips for giving cut flowers for Valentine’s Day

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St. Valentine’s Day is recognized in many countries.

Sending romantic cards to suitors for Valentine’s Day was one of the first customs which began in the early 19th century. Sending flowers is a more recent custom, sent to true loves or just sent to friends and family.

Traditionally, long-stemmed, red roses are associated with the holiday. However, there are so many other choices that have become popular such as carnations, tulips, azaleas, and mixed bouquets.

If you are buying or receiving cut flowers, here are some tips to help them last longer.

When purchasing, wrap the flowers well to provide against the chilly temperatures; even a short trip in a cold car can damage cut flowers. As you decide on what flowers to buy, why not ask the florist to make up a mixed bouquet, especially one with a red and white color scheme. Carnations, daisies, freesia, and tulips are just a few choices.

There are several things you can do to lengthen the vase life of cut flowers. Start with a clean vase that has been washed with hot, soapy water.Remove all foliage that will be below the water line of the vase; submerged foliage can decay and shorten the life of the flowers. To ensure maximum water uptake, cut off the bottom half inch to one inch of the stems with a sharp knife. Immediately place flowers in the vase. A small packet of floral preservative usually comes with cut flowers; follow instructions and add to the water.

-Place arrangements in a cool, brightly lit location.

-Keep flowers away from any heat sources and drafts.

-Check the water level daily and add water when necessary.

You may have to cut the stem ends again to ensure maximum water intake. Completely change out the water if it becomes cloudy or begins to smell.

It’s wonderful to receive cut flowers at Valentine’s Day. Remember that special gardener on your list; and don’t forget to buy yourself some flowers, too! Happy Valentine’s Day!

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