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How To Extend the Life of the Bouquet of Flowers

This company  ZFlowers.com I use to send my Mom her flowers in NZ and think they are the best. They are world-wide, have always had no problem with the flowers delivered. Almost the same as the picture on the website and inexpensive also delivered on time. Just thought I would give you a heads up as some companies are not so honest in their deliveries. I don’t get any financial benefit from this company just like to promote good service

 

A bouquet of flowers or a nicely done floral arrangements is more pleasurable if they will last longer. Here are 5 ways you should not miss in extending the life of your cut flowers.

  1. Trim the stem under water or under running water.Trim the end of each stem with a sharp, non-serrated knife under water at 45-degree angle. Make sure to submerge it in water after trimming so as to avoid air pockets to form that can block the path of water into the stem. Never ever use scissors as it can crash the flower stem and can cause it to die quickly.Tip #1: When cutting flowers from the garden, do it early in the morning when the temperature is still cool. Then, place them in water immediately.Tip #2: To improve the life of flowers that ooze a milky “sap”, immerse its bottom by 2 inches in boiling water for 10 seconds before using them in an arrangement.2. Remove wilted petals and leaves.

 

Any leaves or foliage submerged in the water will break down and can cause bacteria to form.  So remove any foliage from the part of the stem that will be submerged in water.

Tip #1: Don’t jam too many flowers in the vase as overcrowding stems can wilt them more quickly and release bacteria into the water.

Tip #2: Always pluck out wilted stems and leaves to keep the flowers looking fresh and avoid bacteria from forming.

 

  1. Put the arranged flowers in a clean vase.

Before you arrange the flowers to your vase, make sure they are clean and free from any bacteria. Use dish soap, hot water, and white vinegar or bleach to clean the inner side of the vase. A teaspoon or two of sugar and bleach, when added to the water, can feed the stems of the flowers and keep the water free from bacteria.

  1. Feed the cut flowers with solutions or preservatives.

Flowers need food to help them grow and keep them healthy. For cut flowers,  foods are used to improve the flow of water on the stems, to help buds open and last longer, and to reduce the growth of bacteria and fungi. The following solutions are good to feed to flowers:

  • One part Lemon-lime soda and three parts water. Plus ¼ teaspoon household bleach per quart to keep solution clear.
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 tablespoon sugar, and ¼ teaspoon bleach per quart. Add another ¼ teaspoon bleach to vase every 4 days.
  • Commercial flower preservative sold in flower shops and supermarkets.

Tip: Aspirin or  vinegar is rarely effective.

  1. Change the water on the vase every other day and keep the flowers away from direct heat.

Change the water and cut the stem of the flowers at least every other day. Keep them out of direct sunlight or any place that exposes them to heat such as heaters, fireplaces or appliances. Keep the flowers cool. The higher the temperature, the faster they deteriorate.

The use of KANGEN WATER  has also been known to keep your flowers to last longer.

Source:- ZFlowers.com

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Saving Tip For Today

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Extend the Life Of Your Smartphone Or Tablet Battery.

1. Protect your device from temperatures over 95 degrees (35 degrees Celsius ). Those temperatures can damage battery capacity.

2. Shut down location-tracking apps when not using them. 

3. Turn off the function that refreshes apps in the background.

4. Don’t turn it off – It will use more juice powering up that it will quietly napping

5.  Keep the ports where your battery plugs into your device clean.

6. Turn off Wi-Fi when not in use. Wi-Fi gobbles a lot of power on all devices because it’s always looking for a signal.

7. Keep the screen as dim as you can stand it

8. Extend the refresh time: Set your email to get new messages every 15 minutes (or even longer) rather than as soon as they arrive on the server

9. Do some digging. Look for apps like iOptimizer or Battery Graph that help you monitor your battery use.

10.  For optimum performance, “reboot” your battery whenever you can by waiting to charge until the battery is down to about 10 percent. Then, fill ’er up to 100 percent. Try to avoid overcharging it except for newer devices, which is recommended.

11. Have a tablet? Drain its battery regularly. It appreciates the exercise.

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Did You Know – 06/29/2015

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1. 93.3% proportion of adults who log at least 2 hours of screen staring daily.Enough time to cause eye strain. Ways to avoid this is\:
a. Get uberhydrating contacts if you wear them
b. hold digital devices below eye level to minimize overuse of your ocular muscles.
c. Take a 5 minute break for every hour of screen time.
d. Screens make us blink less so when you take your break give your eyes an exercise of rapid blinking for a minute or so.
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2. Andrew Jackson Taught His Parrot To Curse
The parrot had to be removed from President Jackson’s funeral because it wouldn’t stop swearing.

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3. Houseflies don’t allow their short lifespans (14 days) to hinder their musical abilities. They always hum in the key of F.

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4. 300 to 500 miles is the number of miles a pair of sneakers should be worn before being replaced.
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5. President Lyndon Johnson had two beagles named Him and Her
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6. Did you know that doctors now believe that spring fever — a colloquialism for that giddy burst of energy experienced when temperatures rise — is actually rooted in brain science?
Since the springtime brings longer and brighter days, we are exposed to more light. That light exposure triggers our brains to release less melatonin, the brain chemical that makes us sleepy in the winter, and more seratonin, a mood-elevating neurotransmitter. Whatever the reason, one thing is for sure: Spring fever is the perfect cure for the winter blues.</strong>
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7. Here’s a tidbit that might be useful if you plan on becoming the next Steve Irwin: To escape the grip of a crocodile’s jaw, push your thumb into its eyeball – It will let you go instantly.
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Survive Crisis No 3

Extreme situations always sound crazy – until you’re in one.”

 

Heatstroke

 

 

Driving in remote places in triple digit temperatures and your car breaks down.

Apparently a person can survive up to 48 hours in a hot climate without water. The secret is limiting evaporation. Covering up with clothing helps hold the body moisture. Don’t be exposing the skin with skimpy tops and shorts.

a. If you know you will be traveling in hot harsh conditions carry at least 2 gallons of water per person  per day as well as some salty snacks to replace the salt you may lose during sweating.  I have a friend that always carry’s a two gallon container in her car where ever she goes as you never know when you may get caught in a traffic jam in very hot conditions on the highway where there is no where to get off the road.

A golf umbrella in the trunk is also a good idea for instant shade. If you are hiking let someone know where you are going and for how long.

 

b. Check your tires – Check them before you leave to make sure they are at the right pressure. If the air is 100 degrees, the pavement can be between 180 and 200 degrees. Blowouts are common.

 

c. Stay with your vehicle – Your car is your survival kit. It is easier to spot a car than a person from above. The car also provides shelter and shade and you can always use the horn and lights for signaling . Keep the doors open for ventilation and lift te hood of the car so someone can see your are in strife.

 

d. Get off the ground – The ground will be extremely hot. If you have to be outside in the heat use a chair if you have one in the trunk or use one of the seats.

Survival at 120 Above

 

 

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