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Home & Garden 9 ways to make fresh flowers last in a heatwave, according to royal florist Philippa Craddock

15:40  12 july  2018
15:40  12 july  2018 Source:   housebeautiful.co.uk

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  9 ways to make fresh flowers last in a heatwave, according to royal florist Philippa Craddock © Provided by Getty Self-taught florist Philippa Craddock, who created the floral display for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding in May, is currently hosting a series of pop-up flower workshops showing people with any level of floristry experience how to create the perfect hand-tied bouquet.

Here, Philippa shares her top tips on how to make fresh cut flowers last as long as possible in the hot summer sun.

1. Always start with a clean vase

Clean your chosen vase with bleach before using to make sure there is no lingering bacteria that could infect the flowers.

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2. Use fresh water

The temperature of the water can be anywhere between room and cold, but definitely not hot.

3. Add a tiny drop of bleach to the water

Philippa emphasises that this is, quite literally, a single drop. Add it after the water so as not to create foam.

a close up of a flower pot: Bouquet of wildflowers in glass jar on wooden table, summer concept © Ekaterina Smirnova - Getty Images Bouquet of wildflowers in glass jar on wooden table, summer concept 4. Change water every day

Or, if you are too busy, every other day at least.

5. Tidy the stems

Before adding the flowers to the water, make sure the stems don't have any leaves below the water line which will go limp. You should also cut the end of each stem on a diagonal angle to make a fresh tip, with a large surface area for absorbing water.

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6. Position them right in your house

Fresh cut flowers should be kept in a cool place, ideally with a breeze, and never in direct sunlight.

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