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How to make your Valentine's Day bouquet last longer

Posted at 7:57 AM, Feb 11, 2020

(WXYZ) — Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. For many of you, that means a fresh bouquet of flowers is in your future.

But the question is: how long do those flowers last before they start to wilt? If it’s only a few days, the big bucks spent are going to waste.

7 Action News teamed up with two of the area’s top florists to find out how to make your flowers bloom longer, so you don’t waste your money.

Deborah Nelson of Red Rose Florist and Jerome Raska of Blumz by JRDesigns offer up the following tips.

  • Tip #1- Inspect the flowers well before you buy, weeding out the flowers that looks slimy or unsightly at the stem.
  • Tip #2 - Cut with care, using special flower snippers like pruners or garden shears and cutting your flowers at 45 degree angle.
  • Tip #3 - Choose longer lasting flowers, like chrysanthemums or carnations.
  • Tip #4 - Load up on plant food packets and use a new one every time you switch out the water. When there aren't anymore, don't try to substitute. Just use plain water.
  • Tip #5 - Extend the beauty of the greenery inside the bouquet with plant polish, which can make all the difference and bring your bouquet to life.