How to make flowers live longer

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You feel like a hero carrying that bouquet of flowers down the street, don’t you, dude? How thoughtful everyone must think you are, including the bouquet’s recipient, until she wakes up the next morning to discover that you evidently didn’t buy these half-dead stems from the best of florists.

We’ve all been burned by flowers that die too fast, regardless of whether we’ve procured them from an expensive florist or the cheapo corner stall. And if you tend to frequent the latter, you likely aren’t getting comp packets of that powder that prolongs the life of fresh flowers. Well, if you want to be a hero for a bit longer, Lifehacker via myhomeideas.com zeroed in on a DIY powder mixture from the Brooklyn Botanical Garden that you can sprinkle into the flower vase: “mix 1 teaspoon sugar, 1 teaspoon bleach, and 2 tablespoons lemon or lime juice in a quart of warm water.”

If those fresh-cut flowers for your honey are perhaps a prelude to something more forever – a diamond in an engagement ring setting, say – withbeans has a bonus potion for you – a longtime jeweler recently shared his trade secret with us for making a diamond shine almost supernaturally: soak the little rock in a mixture with a teaspoon of bleach and a few spoonfuls of soap and water.

Longer living flowers, shiner diamond. Now, my friend, you’re a hero.

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