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What a treat to receive or buy yourself flowers. (Happiness.) But what a downer to find those same blooms wilting just a few hours later. (Sigh.) 

We checked in with the online flower-delivery service Flower Muse for a few tips on making that bouquet last longer.

Keep on the plastic

If your blooms come wrapped in plastic, keep it on for the first few hours after you’ve put them in a vase. This helps support the stems while the buds slurp up their hydration.

Rotate your vase

Flowers will grow toward the light even after they’re cut. Repositioning them daily keeps them from getting lopsided.

Keep them out of the sun

Your bouquet needs light but not hot sun, which makes flowers die sooner.

Water with care

When you change the water, which you should do every other day, make sure not to get any liquid on the blooms themselves. It encourages mold formation.

Flowers starting to wilt?

Cut the stems, fasten a band of paper around the top portion as support and put them in fresh water. Then place them under an overhead light source to encourage upward growth.

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