the Most Out of Valentine’s Day Bouquets
By Melinda Myers
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[February 13, 2021]
Treat that someone special in your life to a
floral Valentine. You will have them smiling within seconds and
feeling happier throughout the week ahead.
Ensure your gift of cut flowers will look its best
and provide many days of enjoyment with proper selection and care.
You will also enjoy a bit of floral relief when taking time to
select the freshest flowers possible.
A whiff of the water will let you know if the
flowers are fresh and have been properly tended. Look for upright
and perky flowers with lots of firm buds that are just starting to
open. Your Valentine will enjoy watching the buds burst into fully
Avoid cut flowers with drooping, discolored leaves and slimy stems.
These will not last as long or look as good as those with firm green
leaves and stiff stems.
Ask the florist for a packet of floral preservative to keep the
bouquet looking its best for as long as possible. Make sure the
florist wraps your flowers to protect the blooms from extreme
temperatures and jostling during the ride home.
Remove the lower leaves so just leafless stems are sitting in the
water. This will eliminate bacterial growth that can shorten the
vase life of your cut flowers.
Recut the stems on a 45-degree angle to increase the amount of stem
exposed and able to absorb water. Arrange your blossoms in a clean
vase filled with fresh water and floral preservative.
Keep the vase filled with fresh water to prevent flowers from drying
up and wilting. Change the water every few days to further extend
their life. Remove the flowers, recut the stems and add fresh water
and floral preservative. Eliminate any faded flowers and keep
adjusting your arrangement, using the longer lasting flowers and
greens that remain attractive.
Share these tips whenever giving a bouquet of flowers. With proper
care, you will help the recipient enjoy your gift for as long as
Even when you and your Valentine
do everything right the stems of fresh roses may bend just below the
blossom. Fortunately, there is an easy cure. Remove the roses from
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Recut the stems and submerge the whole rose, stem,
leaves, flowers and all in a sink or tub of warm water. Leave the
roses submerged for 30 minutes.
Use that time to clean and refill the vase with fresh
water and a bit of floral preservative. Recut the stems on a slant,
underwater if possible, and place the revived roses back in the
vase. You will have perky, fresh roses to enjoy for a week or more.
Don’t worry if your budget doesn’t allow for a bouquet of roses.
Many less expensive, but equally beautiful cut flowers are
available. Even a single rose in a bud vase or large bloom floating
in a shallow bowl can generate a smile and enjoyment.
So this Valentine’s Day, take a break to visit your local florist
and pick up a fresh bouquet or heart-shaped plant for your favorite
Valentine. And if you cannot visit a floral shop in-person, check
reviews before ordering flowers online. Customer and recipient
testimonials can help you select the best florist for the occasion.
Melinda Myers has written more than 20 gardening books, including
Small Space Gardening. She hosts The Great Courses “How to Grow
Anything” DVD series and the nationally-syndicated Melinda’s Garden
Moment TV & radio program. Myers is also a columnist and
contributing editor for Birds & Blooms magazine. Her website is
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