After the Valentine’s Day roses fade

February 16, 2016

Clean and return those water picks for reuse

Valentine’s Day is one of the flower industry’s biggest sales days each year. The runaway favourite? The rose, symbol of love, beauty, admiration and respect.

But since roses are fragile, they often arrive with water picks attached to their stems: little rubber-capped plastic tubes that contain enough water to keep the rose fresh until it’s arranged into a vase.

But don’t throw away those water picks! A while back, I was delighted to discover that a local florist happily accepted a bag of picks I’d accumulated, so they could be reused on new roses.

So if you’re the lucky recipient of Valentine’s Day flowers that came with water picks, why not save them and return them to your local florist the next time you’re passing by? It’s good karma that just might have them come back to you with fresh flowers someday!

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