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Caring for Flowers

Flowers, like humans, respond best to a little tender loving care.

Flowers, like humans, respond best to a little tender loving care. No, you don't have to hug them, but a few basic guidelines will ensure your flowers maintain their perkiness for longer.

A good florist will always include some written care details and a sachet of flower food, but there are other things you need to know to get the best out of your flowers.

Roses

Care Rose

Roses should last about a week, but are a little prone to drooping. If they flag, wrap them in a wet newspaper and stand in cool water overnight.

Tulips

Caring Tulip

Tulips actually keep growing in the vase, which is why they elongate and curve. This is natural for Tulips and is not a sign of poor quality. Again lasting time should be around a week. If they grow too unwieldy, simply (re-)cut the stems to suit the vase.

Carnations

Carnations

Roses should last about a week, but are a little prone to drooping. If they flag, wrap them in a wet newspaper and stand in cool water overnight.

Another long lasting flower, lasting two to three weeks easy. Available in some divine colours like the amazing lime green Shamrock or the stunning burnt russet Tom Pearce, Chrysanthemum are now one of the 'in' flowers. Remove any drooping or damaged buds to ensure the rest of the head keeps its freshness.

Gerbera

Otherwise known as Transvaal Daisies. Like the tulip, they are curvy flowers and should be allowed to go with the flow. Some florists will gently wire them to give greater stability, this doesn't affect their vase life which should be around 7 - 10 days.

Freesia

A really delicate flower that will probably only last a week; but has an amazing smell which improves as the air gets warmer. What you lose in life span, you more than make up for in sheer gorgeousness.

Lilies

Caring Lily

One of the most spectacular flowers around and available in a choice of shapes. Asiatics are the most common, while Orientals have a stylish angular look. Longiflorum are extremely elegant and Calla are one of the most hi-style on the market. Orientals and Asiatics will last the longest. A top grade multi-headed Casablanca can last up to three weeks with buds opening on a regular basis. Expensive but worth it.

Daffodils

Caring Daffodils

The first hint of spring. A vase of these will add instant light to any room. However they ooze a latex slime, so you shouldn't mix them with other flowers unless you've got one of the special flower foods (or stand them in water for 12 hours or so and don't cut them again.)

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