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Making Mother's Day flowers last longer

Check out these tips from reporter Luna Nas to make your colorful Mother's Day bouquet last much longer.

Posted: May 12, 2019 6:05 PM
Updated: May 13, 2019 9:31 AM

CHICO, Calif. - Flowers are a popular Mother's Day gift but some hesitate to buy them because they don't last very long. 

Melissa Heringer, the owner and florist at Christian & Johnson Co in Chico, said there are some tips to make them last longer.

"I would say the number one thing is to keep them in a cool spot away from any drafts," Heringer said. 

She said keeping flowers away from ceiling fans or open windows will cause them to wilt faster because of the air moving over the petals.

Cutting the stem at an angle and keeping the stem fresh before it goes in water will also help the flower last longer.

"If you cut it at an angle, it will be sure not to sit flat against the bottom of the vase so it'll give it more surface area to drink from," Heringer said. 

Using lukewarm water and filling the vase to the top can also help the flowers stay fresher, longer. If you see the water level getting low in the vase, be sure to remove the cloudy water and add more water in immediately. 

There are hundreds of thousands of flowers and some are sturdier than others and tend last longer.

"Some of the common hardy fowers are things like carnations, Chrysanthemums, Alstroemerias, some that you see more commonly," she said. 

More fragile flowers tend to be tulips, peonies, Hydrangea roses or any flowers that are considered to be more premium blooms.

You can buy your own bouquet of flowers at Christian & Johnson located on 1098 E 1st Ave in Chico. 

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