There are several ways to prolong the life of fresh flowers. Especially during a hot summer season, you must have experienced how difficult it is to keep flowers as fresh as possible.
I would like to mention the most primitive and affordable way as follows: 1. Water: Fresh, clean and cool water is quite important. Water should be changed as often as possible to keep it clean in order to avoid for bacteria growing. On top of that keep the water in reasonably cool temperature. If it is hot, bacteria easily grows, which is not good for fresh flowers to live long.
2. Clean and fresh cut: When placing fresh flowers in water, it is important to take following actions: a. Removing unnecessary leaves: Get rid of unnecessary leaves from stems. The area which is under water should be as clean as possible to avoid for bacteria growing. Therefore you need to cut off unnecessary leaves before dipping flowers in water.
b. Angle cut of stems: Before placing flowers in water, you had better cut stems with angle in order to make a large hydration space from where flowers can get water.
c. Fresh cut: Ideally it is better to make fresh angle cuts. Namely in order to help flowers to easily and effectively be hydrated, you had better cut stems as often as possible.
By making above arrangements, the life of fresh flowers can be remarkably extended. The key words for extending flower life is "clean water", "clean stem", "fresh water", "cool water" and "fresh cut".
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