How to Keep Flowers Fresh Longer


Cut flowers provide beauty and fragrance to your home and surroundings. However, they may not last long enough and tend to lose their freshness and wilt in a few hours after being cut. There are quick ways of treating this problem with home remedies which, when followed meticulously, can extend the life of your cut flowers and keep them fresh longer.

Step 1

Make cut flowers stay fresh longer by adding 1/4 tsp. bleach per quart of water in the vase. Alternatively, add three drops of bleach to 1 tsp. sugar per quart of water. This keeps the vase water from becoming cloudy and also effectively inhibits bacterial growth within the vase and the flowers.

Step 2

Pour 1/4 cup soda pop into the vase water. The sugars from the soda will provide nutrition to the cut flowers and make them look fresher and extend their life. Use a clear soda pop, such as Sprite or 7-Up to keep your vase water looking clear from the outside (if you have a glass vase).

Step 3

Mix 3 tbsp. sugar with 2 tbsp. white vinegar per quart of warm water. Fill the flower vase with this solution, making sure the cut stems are covered at least 3 to 4 inches. Sugar acts as a preservative and also provides nutrition to the plant. Vinegar inhibits the growth of bacteria, keeping the cut flowers fresh longer.

Step 4

Mix 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar with 2 tbsp. sugar and add this to the vase water before placing the cut flowers in the vase. Change the water every few days, adding the vinegar and sugar mix to enhance the life of cut flowers by one to two weeks.

Step 5

Mix few drops of vodka (or any other clear spirit) with 1 tsp. sugar. Add this solution to the vase water to fight bacterial growth (the vodka is antibacterial) and enhance the flower's life with nutrition from the sugars. Change the solution every other day to extend the life of the cut flowers at least by a few days.

Things You'll Need

  • Bleach
  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Soda pop
  • White vinegar
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Vodka


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