An Easy Trick for Extending the Life of Your Flower Bouquets

The formula for a perfect Sunday: Go to farmers’ market. Buy fresh flowers from said market. Plunge them in vase full of cold water upon arrival home. But wait—why are our roses suddenly wilting after just two short days of joy and happiness? Here, the official way to keep your blooms perky.

What you do: Fill your vase with lukewarm water. Trim the flower stems at an angle and stick 'em in.

Why it works: Most people assume cold water helps freshen up the flowers, but it’s a common misconception. Warm water actually helps stimulate the plants’ biological processes and is more readily absorbed, unlike cold water, which slows cell growth, causing the flowers to die faster. 

Black thumb? Us? Nope, we’re pretty much botanists.

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