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I’m a professional florist and this is how you pick the best supermarket flowers – the key is in the stems

If money were no object, we would have huge bouquets of flowers in every corner of our home.

But until we win the lottery, we content ourselves with the discounted bouquet of flowers at the supermarket checkout. Right?

One florist recommended checking the stems before buying a bouquet

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One florist recommended checking the stems before buying a bouquetPhoto credit: Getty

Well, if you’ve ever been disappointed with your flowers when you brought them home, professional florist Vanessa Nkwocha is here to help.

Speaking to Taste of Home, the Everbloom Floral & Gift designer said there are some telltale signs a bouquet isn’t going to last long.

Before picking up a bouquet, Vanessa urged people to examine the outer petals closely – as these will wilt and look “raisin-like” first.

When you look at roses, the expert said, “A gentle press on the head of a rose should indicate freshness; it should be firm.”

Additionally, she urged people to pay attention to the stem — especially below the waterline.

Vanessa said, “If the stems are free of foliage below the waterline, you’re probably getting a product that has been better cared for.”

If leaves have rotted in water, chances are bacteria and fungus have already feasted on your buds.

To keep your flowers fresh for as long as possible, Natasha recommends giving them fresh water daily, or at least topping up the vase they’re in.

Trimming their stems also helps cut flowers rehydrate themselves and look beautiful for longer.

Additionally, another way to make the most of your bouquet is to toss a 2p coin into your vase.

According to The Conversation, copper coins act as an antimicrobial agent.

They wrote: “Cut flowers begin to decompose almost immediately. Air and bacteria can block the small pores of plants’ vasculature, preventing the distribution of vital water and nutrients around the flower, and they begin to wither.

“So by reducing the microorganisms in the water of the flowers, you should be able to extend the life of your flowers.

“So in theory, the copper in coins could kill bacteria and keep cut flowers fresh.”

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Jessica MacLeish

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