How to make cut flowers last longer

Five tips to keep flowers in vases perfect

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Do you love cut flowers but wish they would last longer?

Here are five tips that can help keep your blooms perfect and extend their lives.

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1. Cutting stems at a diagonal gives them a greater surface area to draw in water.

2. Change the vase water daily and remove any dead leaves and petals from the water.

3. Try adding a few drops of vodka to the water. This inhibits the production of a flower's ethylene, a ripening gas.

4. Lightly mist petals with hairspray to help prevent colour fading.

5. Keep out of direct sunlight to help slow down wilting. --