How to Make Food for Cut Flowers


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.

Step 1

Measure one pint lemon-line soda and pour into container.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

Dilute the mixture with one pint of water.

Step 4

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.

Tips and Warnings

  • University of Illinois Extension states that repeated studies indicate that using aspirin or pennies in cut flower water does not prolong the useful life of cut flowers.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 pint lemon-lime soda
  • 1/2 tsp. bleach
  • 1 pint water
  • Container


  • University of Illinois Extension: Horticulture Facts: Care of Cut Flowers and Foliage
Keywords: Cut Flower Food, Vase Additives, Homemade Flower Preservative

About this Author

Leah Deitz has been writing alternative health and environmental-related articles for five years. She began her writing career at a small newspaper covering city politics but turned to environmental concerns after beginning her freelance career. When she is not exploring the trails and outdoors of the East Coast, Deitz writes for a number of websites including, and Associated Content.