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Staying (Flower) Power

Some blooms require a little TLC to remain in tip-top shape. Show these flowers extra attention as soon as you get home.

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Anemones:

Hydrate for one to two hours in cool water, and keep away from extreme heat.

Tulips:

Hydrate cut flowers for a full five to six hours before arranging so they can stand on their own (otherwise you’ll be left with floppy stems).

Amaryllis:

Avoid drooping by inserting a wooden skewer or chopstick into the hollow stem.

Hydrangeas:

Make a oneinch slit up the center of the stem, and moisten the heads with a spray bottle to ensure they stay adequately hydrated.

Lilies:

Buds need four to seven days to fully open (enough time for you to prepare for the intense fragrance lilies are famous for).

Roses:

Remove all foliage, and hydrate stems for two to four hours in hot water before arranging in a separate vase.

Excerpted from Flower School: A Practical Guide to the Art of Flower Arranging by Calvert Crary. Reprinted by permission of Black Dog & Leventhal, an imprint of Running Press, part of the Perseus division of Hachette Book Group. Copyright © 2020 by Calvert Crary.

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