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Proper care for your valentine flowers

Houston School of Flower Design offers tips to keep your Valentine flowers looking fresh longer.
Houston School of Flower Design offers tips to keep your Valentine flowers looking fresh longer.
C. Hutton

Jim Lerdal owner of the Houston School of Floral Design offers simple tips to keep your Valentine's day flowers looking fresh. If your flowers arrive without a vase, hold them under water while cutting the stems at an angle. The angle keeps an air pocket from forming when the stem is placed in the vase and allows the water to flow up the stem.

Generations have passed down the task of adding 7-Up, aspirin, or a drop of bleach into the water. Jim confirms that in the absence of a flower food packet, these items help keep the water clear and are a value to longer lasting flowers. If your flowers arrive with a wilted head, try submerging the whole thing into  cold water for 20 minutes then re-cut the tip at an angle.

At the school's beginner flower arranging class, Jim shares a secret to perfect placement in the vase: oasis tape. This industry specific tape has a likeness to packing tape but offers more pliability. Jim demonstrates placing four strips of tape across the mouth of the vase and then crossing four additional pieces of tape across those. This nearly invisible tape will create convenient holes in which to place the stem of each of the flowers.

Jim suggests using leather leaves to cradle your roses, the most popular flower purchased this season. He says that well cared for roses should last 7-10 days and do not require a change of water but warns that at this time of year, the roses being sold may have been cut sooner and consequently may not last as long.

What are your favorite gifts to give and get at Valentine's day?


  • TrufflePig 5 years ago

    Chocolate of course! But, I do share them with my lover! I like the tips and just want to add that you can add 7-up, and aspirin but it's usually not a good idea, since the flower food packets have proper mix ratio to acid & sugar levels. :) Thanks for the article it was a good read!

  • Bridget 5 years ago

    Very informative article. I didn't know about the bleach! Enjoyed the read...

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