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Fresh-cut flowers work wonders to perk up a room—and your mood. Alethea Harampolis, co-author of The Flower Recipe Book, offers tips on how to make them last.
Here's how: Make sure your vase is flower-friendly by washing and rinsing it thoroughly. Fill with cold water and, if you have a packet of flower food, stir it in. Trim stems at an angle and place them in the vase—pronto. Minimize wilting by keeping blooms out of direct sunlight. Do regular spot checks to remove floating leaves and petals. Recut stems and change the water every other day.
Originally published in the May 2014 issue of Family Circle magazine.