How to Fix Cut Flowers That Are Too Short

If you managed to cut the stems of your cut flowers too short, don't despair! It's possible to still get them to sit upright in the vase. Here is what to do.


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    Find the vase you're going to use. Place the cut flowers gently to one side ready for fixing.
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    Find some plastic drinking straws. Place these into the vase to check their height. If you need to cut them down a little, then do so.
    • Measure the height with one of the cut flowers inserted into it and then placed in the vase. This will give you a good idea as to its suitability in terms of height.
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    Place the right amount of straws into the vase.
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    Slip each short-stemmed flower into a straw. They should all now sit at a good height, above the neck or mouth of the vase.
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    Add water and anything else to feed the flowers. Enjoy your cut flowers.
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  • You might want to match the straws to the stems (green), to the vase (whatever color), or to use clear straws. Alternatively, you might have no choice but to use whatever straws are available, in which case you might consider using an opaque (not clear) vase to cover up any strange colors.

Things You'll Need

  • Cut flowers
  • Vase
  • Straws (see "Tips" for color ideas)
  • Water
  • Long-life cut flower powder (optional)

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Categories: Flower Arranging and Floral Art