How to Stop the Smell of Easter Lilies

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Easter lilies are an iconic floral symbol of the arrival of spring. These flowers have large white blossoms and a very distinctive scent. Allergies and discerning personal scent aversions can cause many people to shy away from this breathtaking flower. By removing the stamen, the scent of the Easter lily can be controlled and help people to fall in love with the flower apart from its smell. A pair of tweezers and about five minutes are nearly all that are necessary to stop the smell of Easter lilies.

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Step 1

Unfold several sheets of newspaper and place over a clean and level work surface. Layer the newspaper three-pages thick. Set the Easter lilies in the center of the work space.

Step 2

Hold the flower by the stem in one hand, with the stamen, the slender stalk in the center of the petals, facing forward. Pick up the tweezers with the other hand and insert into the center of the flower.

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Step 3

Pinch the stamen at the base, down deep inside of the bloom. Pinch the tweezers around the stamen and break it off.

Step 4

Pull the tweezers and stamen out of the center of the flower. Deposit the stamen onto the paper napkin, and repeat the stamen removal process for all of the remaining lily blossoms.

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Step 5

Set the Easter lilies aside, and fold the newspaper in toward the center of the work area. Crumple the newspaper into a ball and discard into the trash can. Place any cut flowers into fresh water for display, or leave in a moist, soil-filled pot if they are uncut.

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