How to Preserve Cut Flowers With Sugar


If you have some extra flowers growing in your flower garden, you may want to cut them and arrange them in a vase. You can use this vase to decorate your dining room table when you have guests over. The only problem is that cut flowers don't last very long before they begin to wilt. However, you can preserve them with a little bit of sugar and a few other ingredients found in your home. The sugar works as a preservative because it is naturally produced during the process of photosynthesis.

Step 1

Cut flowers for your vase with gardening scissors. Make sure that you cut the flowers at an angle, not straight across.

Step 2

Place one quart of water in your flower vase.

Step 3

Cut a lemon and squeeze out the juice. Use 2 tbsp. of that fresh juice in the water in your flower vase.

Step 4

Add 1 tbsp. of sugar and 1/2 tsp. of bleach to the flower vase and stir.

Step 5

Place your cut flowers in the vase. If you see any leaves submerged in the water, remove them.

Tips and Warnings

  • You will need to change the water in your vase every two to three days. When you do this you must repeat the steps above to keep the flowers preserved for as long as possible.

Things You'll Need

  • Gardening scissors
  • Flowers
  • 1 quart water
  • 2 tbsp. juice from a lemon
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. bleach
  • Vase


  • Plantea: Flowers: Preserving Fresh Cut Flowers
Keywords: preserving flowers, cutting flowers, sugar preservative

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