CUTTING DAHLIAS: Cut early in the morning or late at night. Place flowers immediately into hot (130) degree water, then set aside in a cool draft free area to cool for 2 hours before arranging. When arranging your flowers remove any leaves that would be under water. Display your flowers in a cool part of your home out of direct sunlight. By misting regularly, changing the water every other day, and re-cutting the stems your blooms will last several days.