Your Valentine's Day flowers probably look pretty beautiful today! Let's help make sure you can enjoy their beauty for as long as possible. Yahoo has some expert tips on making your Valentine's Day flowers last longer. For one thing, you should cut the stems at a 45 degree angle. This ensures that the stems absorb as much water as possible. Add a penny to the vase of water, this will help kill harmful bacteria. If you have very new buds on your flowers and you want to see them flourish, heat will help! Experts say put your flowers in warm water for about 60 seconds and then transfer to cold water for 20 minutes and the buds should open up shortly.
If you start to notice your flowers get a bit droopy, you can make a grid over the top of the vase with clear tape. Stick the stems in between the rows of tape and they should stay upright and no one will see the tape grid.
A cashier at Trader Joe's once advised me to pull the bottom petal of the roses off the flowers to make them bloom and last longer. Not all florists keep that bottom petal, but Trader Joe's flowers do have that bottom petal left on the flowers. Enjoy!