Feel like your flowers have a short life? There are many different things you can do to lengthen the life of your beautiful bouquet. Follow these 9 steps to keep your fresh flowers living longer with common household ingredients…

Step 1: Add a quart of warm water to a clean vase.

Step 2: Pour 2 tablespoons of sugar into the water. Sugar helps to nourish the flowers and promotes the opening of blossoms.

Step 3: Add 2 tablespoons of white vinegar and stir well. Vinegar will help prevent the growth of bacteria, keeping your flowers fresher for longer. If you do not have vinegar or sugar, lemon-lime soda mixed with water will have the same effect.

Step 4: Remove all lower leaves from flowers so there are none in the water.

Step 5: Cut 1 to 2 inches off the stems at an angle while they are underwater.

Step 6: Arrange your flowers how you would like them in the vase.

Step 7: Display your bouquet in a cool, draft-free area, making sure it avoids direct sunlight, which causes the flowers to die more quickly.

Step 8: Change the water every other day and re-cut the stems each time.

Step 9: Enjoy your long-lasting flowers!

Helpful Ingredients

There are other ingredients around the house that can be used to help your flowers last longer as well. Check the items out below!

Soda: Don’t throw away those last few drops of soda! If you pour ¼ a cup into the water in a vase full of cut flowers, the sugar from the soda will make the blossoms last much longer.

Hair Spray: Hair spray not only preserves your cool hairstyle, it can help your cut flowers look fresh longer. Stand a foot away from the bouquet and give them a quick spray on the undersides of the leaves and petals.

Apple Cider Vinegar: A good method to keep your flowers around as long as possible is to mix 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and 2 tablespoons sugar with the vase water before adding your flowers to the vase. Be sure to change the water, along with the vinegar and sugar of course, every few days to enhance your flowers’ longevity.

Vodka: The secret to keeping cut flowers looking good as long as possible is to minimize the growth of bacteria in the water and to provide nourishment to replace what the flower would be getting if they were not cut. Add a few drops of vodka, or any other clear spirit, to the vase water for antibacterial purposes along with 1 teaspoon of sugar. Change the water every other day, refreshing the vodka and sugar each time.

Aspirin: Another tried and true way to keep your fresh flowers lasting longer is to put a crushed aspirin in the water before you add the flowers. Don’t forget to change the vase water every few days.

Bleach: Freshly cut flowers will last much longer if you add ¼ teaspoon of bleach per quart of vase water. Another popular recipe calls for 3 drops bleach and 1 teaspoon sugar in one quart water. This also keeps the water from getting cloudy and inhibits the growth of bacteria.

Coins: Cut flowers will last longer if you add a copper penny and a cube of sugar to the vase water. Copper is thought to act like an acidifier, which prevents the growth of bacteria.

Sugar: Make your own preservative to keep your cut flowers last longer. Dissolve 3 tablespoons sugar and 2 tablespoons white vinegar per quart of warm water. When you fill the vase, make sure the cut stems are covered by three to four inches of the prepared water. Sugar nourishes the plants, and the vinegar will inhibit bacteria growth.

If you use some of these methods, you will be surprised how long your arrangement stays fresh. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Housing Buzz team today.