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Tips To Keep Your Flowers Fresh A Little Longer

A beautiful bouquet of flowers can brighten up a room with its vibrant colours and intoxicating scent. But no matter how much you pay for that elegant arrangement, it seems impossible to keep fresh flowers longer than a few days.

From choosing the wrong buds to placing your bouquet too close to the TV, the video above from Women's Day magazine reveals a handful of ways you've accidentally caused your flowers to wilt.

But it's not all bad news. You can stave off bacteria in your bunch with simple techniques, like rinsing and refilling your vase and clipping your stems. Some florists even swear by adding a few drops of bleach or dish soap to the water, according to Reader's Digest.

Remember, flowers aren't supposed to last forever, but with the tips in the video above, they will definitely last a lot longer.

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Editing is always important -- as is knowing when to discard droopy lilies and wilted roses. A little deleting and rearranging goes a long way.
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Sometimes all that an arrangement needs is a little dividing and conquering.
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Create smaller groupings in fresh, new holders for a fresh, new look.
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While less is often more, sometimes more is more. Taking a lackluster bouquet and adding a pretty, uniform filler flower in something as simple as a jar gives two arrangements one amazing new life.

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