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Caring for fresh cut spring flowers

S. Williamson-Jones

21 February 2017

This time of year we are seeing an abundance of spring blooms appearing in shops and florists windows, brightening our day and putting a smile on our faces. But, how is the best way to care for these flowers? Here's a quick checklist to help you make your tulips, daffodils and ranunculus last even longer.    Tulips Tulips keep growing after they have been cut and can grow up to 2 inches, so it's a good idea choose a vase that covers at least half the height of the tulip stem, this will help stop them nose diving onto the table! Don't clump them together too tightly or squash them into the vase as this can damage the stems. Cut the stems at a 45 degree angle and make sure they have plenty of cold water, tulips like a lot of water. They are also photosensitive so keep out of direct sunlight or heat as they will wilt faster once the blooms have opened up.   Daffodils As the same with other flowers ensure you have a clean vase with clean water to place the daffodils into. Cut the stems at a 45 degree angle and place them in the water, daffodils however last longer in slightly shallower water. Daffodils release a substance harmful to some other flowers  which reduces other flowers longevity, so they are best kept to themselves in arrangements. If you would like to mix them with other flowers however, you can leave the stems to soak overnight in a vase/bucket of water before mixing with other flowers. The soaking helps to release some of the harmful substance. Don't cut the stem again though before mixing with other flowers though. Hyacinths also release a sap which can shorten the life of the other flowers.     Ranunculus Remove all the leaves from the bottom stems carefully, as the stems can be quite delicate. Cut the stems at an angle with a sharp knife or scissors so that you don't damage the stem. Cutting stems at an angle helps the flowers draw the water up more easily. Keep them in a cool place and out of direct sunlight. Change the water regularly and allow them to have a good drink. I you want to use them in a bouquet you may need to wire their heads to stop them drooping or just go for the wild, natural look!     Hope you have found this Blog useful and now have some tips to help make your beautiful Spring flowers last even longer! Enjoy!   Sarah Williamson-Jones, Pod & Pip

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