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How to Help Your Bouquet Blossom Beyond Mom's Day

May 09, 1997

OK, in the end, you'll probably buy Mom flowers this weekend.

In Tuesday's Life & Style, mothers wrote to share their longing for squirt guns, chain saws and family photos. Nevertheless, flowers still will be the No. 1 choice. About 70% of Mother's Day gifts are flowers, according to research by Teleflora, a Los Angeles-based floral wire service.

If your gift is flowers, here's the official florist line on keeping them fresh:

* Arrangements in green foam should be watered daily; the foam contains flower food.

* Stems of flowers in a vase should be recut daily. Put a teaspoon of bleach in fresh, cool water.

* Keep flowers away from hot window sills.

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