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5/12/06-Tyler

Tips On Getting Freshest Flowers For Mom

Mother's Day is one of the busiest days of the year for flower shops. And with the average price of an arrangement being $40, making sure you pick out the freshest one, will get you the most for your money. Florists say there are some things you should look for when picking out a bouquet.

"If she gets flowers it's gotta be the perfect flower. It can't be regular roses or anything," said Patrick Dooley, 28, who was out looking for a Mother's Day gift. He says when he picks out flowers, he asks the professionals for help. "I just tell them, 'Hey find me the ones that are pretty fresh or that will last at least half way'," he says. "That's my little trick. Just let them handle it ."

And, here's how you can handle picking out a fresh arrangement. Lou Ann Green, owner of Flowers by Lou Ann says look for flowers with closed petals. "Any flowers that have green on them, a lot of people don't realize that roses that have touches of green on the edges is usually a sign of quality and freshness," said Green.

She says, look out for slimy stems. "The longer they've been in there, they're just building bacteria on the edge of the stem," she says.

And to make your flowers last longer, Lou Ann says cut the stem and place them in sugar water. "Probably to half a gallon of water maybe one tablespoon of sugar," says Green.

Also remember, do not put your arrangements next to a strong air vent or fan, or in direct sunlight.

Oralia Ortega reporting, ortega@kltv.com

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