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Freshness Quick Tips-What to look for When Buying

Last week I talked about flower vase life.  Today, I want to share with you some tips about what to look for when buying your flowers to insure that your creation stays beautiful for as long as possible.   Some of the top things to look for when making sure you have selected the freshest flowers are:

  • Leaves and petals that are upright and plump
  • Flower buds in color and blooms that are not fully opened
  • Clean, green leaves
  • Stems and petals that are not broken or brusied in any way
  • Make sure that the water the stems are sitting in is fresh and clear
  • Check to make sure that the ends of the stems are white or green and look freshly cut

Another tip to keep in mind when buying flowers, as tempting as it is to purchase the bouquets outside of a store, in order to get the freshest flowers possible, make your purchase from the stock inside.  Flowers are affected by heat, sunlight and car exhaust which will shorten their life, even if they pass all visual tests I listed above.



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