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    Monday, 13 February 2017

    CLEVER HACKS TO KEEP YOUR VALENTINE'S FLOWERS ALIVE

    Guys, I think I've found my new calling in life - I think I want to be a florist. You can totally imagine me in my pinnie amongst the roses and tulips right...?
    Well I'm not about to quit my day-job just yet but I did discover it's SO therapeutic! I spent an evening arranging flowers with Tesco and star florist Jamie Aston at his swanky Marylebone shop recently and I had THE most relaxing time!

    PLUS I learnt a thing or two about flowers. Hopefully you'll get a bunch for Valentine's Day tomorrow - you old romantics you - so try these tips from Tesco's Head Florist, Michelle Buck to help make your blooms last longer!

    GIVE THEM A TRIM
    First step is to take your flowers out of the packaging - give them a quick check over, remove all the lower leaves and re-cut the stems with a sharp pair of scissors.

    CUT THE STEMS
    Top tip! When you cut your stems, do it at a 45 degree angle - this creates a larger surface area for the flowers to drink up all that lovely water they'll be sitting in.

    MAKE SURE YOUR VASE IS CLEAN
    Always make sure you clean your vases – dirty vases harbour bacteria which can kill your flowers! A simple wash in hot soapy water and a little bleach should do the trick

    CHECK FOR FRESHNESS
    Every days or so, check the water to make sure it's fresh - it shouldn't smell and definitely shouldn't look gunky! Ideally you need to change the water every 2-3 days and also give the stems a little cut.

    You should also give the leaves a quick check to make sure the petals and flowers haven't turned yellow or started wilting.
    GIVE THEM A NICE HOME...AWAY FROM ANY FRUIT!
    Avoid the temptation to put them on your window sill. Did you know, flowers shouldn't be left in direct sunlight or anywhere draughty? Also try and keep them away from ripening fruit...it gives off a gas called ethylene which will make them wilt quicker!

    KEEP YOUR HEADS UP
    If you find your roses have bent after a couple of days, they might have an airlock in the stem. All you need to do is cut the stem, place into boiling water for about 30 seconds & then recut and place in  a little cold water. This should destroy the airlock and you should notice the heads lift after around 30 minutes!
    AVOID STAINS 
    I love lilies but the pollen can be a nightmare so remove the stamens so they don't end up staining your furniture or clothes. Little tip for if you do end up with lily pollen on your clothes - resist the urge to rub it, instead take a piece of cello tape and dab it away!

    REMEMBER THE SECRET INGREDIENT: BLEACH
    If you can't get your hands on any flower food, you can use a tiny amount of household bleach in the water and it'll work a treat at killing of bacteria! A bit of sugar is great too as it gives your flowers a little dose of glucose.

    So there you go, some top tips to keep your Valentine's Love Alive! Don't forget you can shop the Tesco flower range over on their website or in store

    If you have any handy floristry tips or tricks, I'd love to hear about it in the comments!

    * I was invited to a floristry masterclass with Tesco & Jamie Aston

    3 comments:

    1. Some great tips thanks - I dont own house plants as I seem to kill them but cut flowers look nice and I like to try and keep them looking alive for as long as possible!

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    2. wow I didnt know about the airlock issue- thats great tip thank you

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    3. Interesting read - great tips,especially the one about putting a little bleach & sugar in the water

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