How to Keep Flowers in a Vase


You may pick flowers from your garden to decorate your table with, or you may purchase them from a florist. Either way, you will want to keep your flowers in a vase. You can keep your flowers fresh much longer in a vase by adding water and a few ingredients found in your household. These ingredients will feed the plant and kill any bacteria that would cause the flowers to wither away at a quicker rate.

Step 1

Hold the stems of your flowers in a bowl of lukewarm water. Cut off an inch of the stem under the water with gardening scissors. Make sure you cut the stems at an angle.

Step 2

Fill your vase with one quart of lukewarm water.

Step 3

Add 3 tbsp. sugar and 2 tbsp. vinegar to the water in the vase. Combine the ingredients. The sugar works to feed the plant, while the vinegar keeps bacteria from growing and destroying the flowers.

Step 4

Transfer your flowers from the bowl to the vase.

Step 5

Change the water in your vase every three days.

Tips and Warnings

  • Make sure you clean your vase before you use it. If the flowers you previously had in the vase had a disease, you could transfer it to your new flowers. Cleaning the vase prevents this from happening.

Things You'll Need

  • Bowl
  • Lukewarm water
  • Gardening scissors
  • 3 tbsp. sugar
  • 2 tbsp. distilled vinegar


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