Gardening expert tells Mary Berry the secret to making your shop-bought flowers last longer
A GARDENING expert told Mary Berry how you can keep your store-bought flowers fresher for longer.
Speaking to former Great British Bake Off judge at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, florist Lara Thorpe revealed what to do to get the most out of your blooms.
“With your flowers, when you bring them home, it’s best to get them out of the water as soon as they’re brought in,” she says.
“Then cut the stems at a 45-degree angle and place them in cold water in a clean vase.”
Cutting the stem at this angle, rather than across, allows for a larger surface area and ensures increased water absorption.
Your flower stems should be soaked in fresh water to ensure they stay hydrated and protected from bacteria buildup.
Gardener Lara goes on to reveal to Mary which flowers will last the longest.
She continued: “I always say that one of the longest-lasting carnations.”
Carnations can last up to three weeks in a vase, as long as you keep them out of direct sunlight, high temperatures, and change the water regularly.
It comes after a content creator demonstrated a small change will boost your garden’s growth.
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