"A red rose is the essence of a Valentine," wrote poet May Sarton, and perhaps no other flower says "I love you" as eloquently - or as frequently. More than 90 million roses are sold on Valentine's Day.
To keep the romantic gesture from your sweetheart lasting longer, try these tips:
*Use clean vases or containers.
*Remove leaves that will be under water.
*Cut the stem of each flower under water using a sharp knife or scissors. This prevents air pockets from forming inside the stems which block water uptake. Recut every three days.
*Add floral food to the vase water. Change the water every three to four days.
Source: Calif. Cut Flower Commission
Compiled by Joshua S. Burek and Stephen Humphries
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