How to Preserve Flowers With Bleach


Growing flowers in the garden adds a variety of colors and fragrances to the yard. Freshly cut flowers are also pleasant inside the home, bringing nature indoors. Cut flowers, if not cared for properly, will wilt almost immediately, leaving their rotting carcass in your vase. Use simple sugars, water, cutting shears and bleach to preserve cut flowers, making it possible to keep flowers for up to a month and possibly even forcing them to bloom.

Step 1

Cut flowers from your garden in the morning before the dew has dried with stem cutting shears. Cut above a node on the stem or above a dormant bud. Place the flower stems in lukewarm water.

Step 2

Cut the stems of the flowers again at a sharp angle. Rest the stems in warm water in a cool, dark place to condition the flowers.

Step 3

Add 1 cup lemon-lime soda (for simple sugars), 1 cup water and 1/2 tsp. bleach to a vase and stir. Adjust the amounts of liquid equally if the vase requires more liquid to reach the stems. Arrange the flowers in the vase.

Step 4

Change the water mixture every couple of days to keep the stems from rotting.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears
  • Pail
  • Vase
  • Lemon-lime soda
  • Bleach


  • University of Illinois Extension: Preserving Cut Flowers
  • National Gardening Association: Preserving Cut Flowers
  • Plantea: How to Preserve fresh Cut Flowers Naturally
Keywords: preserve flowers, bleach flower preservation, cut flower preservation

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Cleveland Van Cecil is a freelancer writer specializing in technology. He has been a freelance writer for three years and has published extensively on, writing articles on subjects as diverse as boat motors and hydroponic gardening. Van Cecil has a Bachelor of Arts in liberal arts from Baldwin-Wallace College.