How to Make Cut Flowers Bloom

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There is no better way to brighten up your home or office than with a vase of fresh cut flowers. It doesn't matter what season it is, or what the weather might be. When you bring a bouquet of flowers into any room, it instantly creates a more cheerful environment. Cut flower buds will continue to bloom as long as they receive proper care. With a little attention, your cut flowers will continue to flourish for days.

Things You'll Need

  • Cut flowers
  • Vase
  • water
  • Flower preservative
  • Sugar
  • Bleach
  • Lemon juice
  • Utility knife
  • Purchase or collect flowers that have partially open buds. If the bud is too tight, it may not continue to bloom.

  • Prepare a vase for your flowers by cleaning and rinsing it thoroughly. Fill the vase three-fourths of the way with warm water for most flowers, or cold water for bulb flowers.

  • Add necessary nutrients that will help your flowers last. The healthier they are, the better the chance of buds continuing to bloom. Use a store bought preservative for cut flowers, or make your own mixture by adding a teaspoon each of sugar and bleach with two teaspoons of lemon juice to the water.

  • Strip the stems of all leaves that will grow below the water line to prevent polluting the water.

  • Fill the sink with water. Hold the end of each stem under the water to cut off the last two inches of stem. Make the cut on the diagonal with a clean, sharp utility knife. Don't use scissors as they can crush the vessels.

  • Place your flowers in the vase and arrange them as you desire. Keep the flowers out of direct sunlight, cold air or breezes.

  • Change the water daily. If properly cared for, buds will open after cutting.

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