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The Easiest Trick for Extending the Life of Your Fresh-Cut Flowers

There’s nothing like a vase of feathery peonies to brighten up a room. And aren’t we all on the constant quest to squeeze out a few more days before that farmers’ market bundle goes from mood booster to wilted eyesore?

All you have to do is add ice cubes to the water.

The cold temp prevents bacteria from growing and lengthens the maturation process, making flowers open more slowly and giving you more mileage out of each bud. It’s kind of the same reason a refrigerator keeps food fresh. We tried it at home and our blooms looked brand-new for an entire week. Long live the peonies!

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