Make sure you'll get beautiful Mother's Day flower arrangements that last. The Good Housekeeping Research Institute evaluated the best ways to buy a quality bouquet for mom.
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Finding the Best Services
We’ve all been there: A very special occasion creeps up, like Mother's Day (which falls on Sunday, May 8th), and you need to send some flowers—stat. To help you find beautiful arrangements that last, the Good Housekeeping Research Institute evaluated bouquets from “direct from grower” flower delivery services. These services claim to offer fresher and longer-lasting blooms than those ordered from the local flower shop.
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Testing the Flowers
We tested each service by ordering a dozen mixed flowers and then asking volunteers and a professional florist to inspect them. The blooms then went to the Institute’s climatology chamber, where they were kept at a temperature of 70 degrees F with 55 percent humidity, to simulate an average late spring day. (Flowers lasted about a week.)
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The Winning Service
The winning service was Flowerbud.com. Its bouquet was both the favorite upon arrival and once it fully bloomed. Plus, the company’s phone reps answered our customer questions more thoroughly and efficiently than some of the other services in our test.
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How to Care for Your Flowers
Keep your flowers fresh long after delivery with these handy tips:
* Cut stems at an angle before placing them in water. It creates more surface area and allows the flowers to drink more water.
* Fill the vase with clean, room-temperature water, and replace the water every other day.
* Keep flowers at a constant temperature by avoiding direct sunlight.
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