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Preserving Your Valentine’s Flowers

EUGENE, Ore. — A lot of flower deliveries will be made on Valentine’s Day. In fact, Gray’s Garden Center will drop off more than 200 bouquets Thursday.

But we all know those blooms only last so long. To preserve them as long as you can, take the flowers out of the vase in a couple of days, make a fresh cut and put them in clean water.

When they start to wilt, you can add them to your compost pile.

“Any cut stems, cut flowers, can be recycled. Remove any ribbons, wire, anything that’s attaching those, and they can be added to your compost pile,” said Donna Fountain, Gray’s Garden Buyer.

Remember, any plant material can be composted. It needs woody stems and leafy greens to break down and work effectively.

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