Supermarket Savings: 

Cheap Flowers That Look Expensive

When you think of flowers–bouquets, table arrangements, potted plants, or even corsages–most people tend to think of a florist before their local supermarket or grocery store.

But not only is the supermarket convenient, but it can also be a great place to score cheap flowers.

So with a little advice from my mother-in-law, a former floral department manager in one of our local supermarket chains, here's what to look for.

If you want your bouquet to make a good impression, select one or two bouquets (or even three, especially if there's a discount) and ask the floral manager what they can do to spruce it up at no extra charge.

How To Buy Cheap Flowers That Look Expensive

At most chain stores, the manager will gladly add some greens and baby's breath (those tiny white flowers), arrange the flowers in a pleasing way, wrap it up in pretty curled ribbon, add a packet of preservative plant food, and sometimes even offer you one of those little floral greeting cards to go with it.

Once you've taken your bouquet home, fill a clean vase (preferably glass) with tepid water and the preservative plant food.

Some people recommend mixing the water with lemon-lime soda (such as 7-Up, Sprite, or Sierra Mist) to add acidity to the water as well as sugar. Before placing your flowers in the vase, cut the stems under water using a sharp knife to cut at a 45-degree angle.

To ensure your potted flowers last as long as possible, and sometimes your bouquets or table arrangements, select flowers that are just beginning to bud and haven't bloomed yet.

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