What is that magic stuff in the little packet that comes with flowers delivered by the florist? How can you get some to help your home-grown bouquets last longer? It was news to me when a friend who used to have a flower shop told me the secret. Just add a few drops of chlorine bleach and a teaspoon of sugar to a quart of water for a home-made equivalent. Mystery solved, money saved.
By Jennifer from Gilbertsville, NY
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How do I make cut flowers last longer in a vase?
Cut a half an inch off bottom stems while in water then put them in fresh water adding 1/2 aspirin. (05/11/2009)
Another idea: There are several small steps you can take to prolong the life of cut flowers.
Before placing flowers in a vase, hold the stems under water and cut at least one inch off of the base of the stem. This will promote the flow of fresh water into the leaves and blooms.
Place flowers into a clean vase with tepid water. If you don't have commercial flower preservatives, add a bit of sugar and a drop of bleach to the water. The sugar will prolong the life of the flower and the bleach will prevent fungal and bacterial growth in the water.
To combat moisture loss, mist flowers with water and keep them away from hot lights and sources of heat.
Each night, put your flowers - vase, water and all - into the refrigerator. Most flowers, like other perishable items, last longer in cooler temperatures.
Cut stem on angle so it can absorb more water. Use cool water, make sure all leafs are not immersed or cut them off before putting into vase. Prevents going rancid. Add a tablespoon of sugar, or reg. aspirin. Change water ever 2-3 days. This keeps water from spoiling. My carnations usually last 2-2.5 weeks! Lilacs can be forced to bloom early by hammering the stems. (05/18/2009)
Mix two tablespoons of both, sugar and vinegar to a quart of water. Mix it well. Place flowers in a vase, and add needed amount of this mix in vase. Sugar feeds and vinegar keeps your flowers fresh.
By Gladys H. (11/20/2004)
Add an aspirin and a multivitamin to the water to make your flowers last longer (11/20/2004)
Colleen has told it right. 1 Tbsp. bleach to a gallon of water will do the job of adding to the life of fresh flowers. Having been a floral designer for many years I feel I'm qualified to add my 2 cents worth. Before the commercial additives were available, bleach was the only thing used.
(no need to add sugar, 7up, aspirin, pennies or anything else)
The main thing is to remove the leaves below the water line and replace the water every day or two, and give the flowers a fresh cut, about 1/2 inch. Do "not" put flowers or plants on the TV or near heat, or in front of a sunny/hot window.
And if you have flowers that are starting to look limp, cut them off about an inch or two, place them in HOT, not boiling water then put them, container and all in the frig for about 6-8 hours or over night. This works most of the time to get a few extra days use of them. It also works if you cut roses from your yard, helps them last as long as two weeks. Enjoy flowers, even if it is just one bloom at a time. (11/20/2004)
By Great granny Vi