All cut flowers die after their naturally stored energy sources become used up by the flowers. By providing sugars to supplement energy sources as well as prevent bacterial growth and balance water pH levels, cut flowers may be maintained for longer intervals. And commercial flower preservatives are not the only way to maintain cut flowers. Homemade solutions offer simple and cost-effective ways to enhance cut flower water for longer displays and pickups for already wilted blooms.
Measure one pint lemon-line soda and pour into container.
Measure 1/2 tsp. bleach and mix it into the lemon-lime soda. Bleach will help to stop bacterial growth that causes decay within the flowers.
Dilute the mixture with one pint of water.
Put flowers in the cut flower food. Flowers can remain in this cut flower food until the water begins to looks cloudy. At that time the solution must be changed.