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Don't Skip This Step Before Arranging Cut Flowers
If you want your cut flowers from the grocery store looking lovelier for longer, then it’s important to remember to cut the lower leaves off the stems.
When submerged in your vase’s water, the lower leaves begin to decompose within a few hours. Rot from the leaves moves into the stems, preventing water from reaching the flowers.
Foliage-filled stems also make for a bulky bouquet, and as leaves tend to die faster than the flowers, keeping them on will cause your bouquet to appear more wilted than it is.
To keep leaves from sitting below the water level in your vase, carefully remove any foliage halfway to two-thirds up from the base of the stem, along with any that look unhealthy.