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Make your cut roses last longer

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A bouquet of red roses is a classic way to say 'I love you', and if you're lucky enough to receive a beautiful bunch (or even if you bought them yourself), you'll want to keep them fresh as long as possible.

• Get your roses out of their wrapping and into a vase as soon as you can.

• Make sure your vase is scrupulously clean, to remove any bacteria which could multiply and encourage decay.

• Use cool, not freezing, water to fill the vase.

• Remove any leaves which would be below the water line. These can rot and contaminate the water

• Don't crush the end of the stems. Instead cut off the bottom inch, using sharp scissors and cutting at a slant.

• Choose where to put your roses carefully. The warmer and brighter the room, the shorter the lifespan of your roses.

• Roses can be thirsty, so check the water level and top up if necessary.

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