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To make sappy stemmed flowers, such as poppies, peonies, milkweed and balloon flowers, last longer, you can sear the ends of the stems. You can do this by holding the cut ends over a candle until they are sealed or by dipping the cut ends briefly in boiling water. This keeps the milky fluid, which is an essential element to providing nutrients to the flower, in the stem where it belongs.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|