The secret to keeping cut flowers fresh

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB)- Valentines Day is around the corner and flowers will be on doorsteps across the country. Elizabeth Cavallo, the owner of Floral Expressions in Gainesville tells us they'll likely deliver more than 1-thousand Valentines Day orders next week.

But after Valentines Day has come and gone, a simple trick can keep your flowers fresh for longer than you might expect.
Fill a clean vase with fresh cool water. Then cut the tip of your flower stems with a sharp knife. A cut diagonally will expose more fresh plant tissue to the water which means the plants will soak o even more water staying hydrated for longer.
You'll need to recut the stems every 2 to 3 days, but some customers have managed to keep bouquets alive for several weeks according to Cavallo.

Placing your flowers away from direct light and removing the blooms that are aging faster than the others in the bouquet is another way to ensure you get the most from your display.