How to Make Food for Flowers

Overview

Everyone who grows or displays flowers wants them to look their best for as long as possible. The appearance, health and life of both cut and planted flowers can be enhanced by the addition of plant foods. Providing proper fare for your flowers helps to ensure the easy uptake of fluids and nutrients, keeping blossoms bright and beautiful while helping each bloom to develop and open as fully as possible.

Step 1

Crush an aspirin tablet and place the powder in the bottom of a tall glass. Be sure you are using pure aspirin and not a combination of over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen.

Step 2

Add 1 cup of room temperature distilled water and stir until all of the aspirin powder is completely dissolved, then add to cut or planted flowers. Aspirin contains salicylic acid. According to Discovery News, salicylic acid helps to improve the strength of a plant's vascular tissues and bolsters the immune response, helping plants and flowers to be brighter, healthier and to live longer.

Step 3

Mix 1/2 cup of lemon-lime soda with 1/2 cup of water. Add this to your flowers every other day or as needed. The sugar in the soda helps provide the plant with an easily accessible source of energy, while the citric acid keeps the pH low, which discourages the growth of bacteria.

Step 4

Water your flowers with cold coffee if you happen to be out of soda. The caffeine in the coffee and the acidic nature of the drink will perk your plants right up. If you don't have any left over from the morning pot of java, sprinkle the left-over grounds around the base of the plant and add water. Coffee grounds are high in nitrogen, a major nutrient for flowers.

Step 5

Save the water from your fish tank or fish bowl next time you change it. Used aquarium water has had harmful elements such as chlorine removed, but contains fish wastes which act as natural fertilizers, providing your flowers with abundant source of nutrients and minerals.

Things You'll Need

  • Aspirin
  • Water
  • Lemon-lime soda
  • Coffee
  • Coffee grounds

References

  • Plants Make Apsirin When Under the Weather
  • Is Coffee Good for Plants?
  • Flower Fertilizers
Keywords: flower food, flower fertilizer, homemade flower food

About this Author

Lisa Parris writes on a wide variety of topics, but focuses on health and wellness. First published in Stone Soup at the age of 7, Parris's work has also appeared in the Journal of Comparative Parasitology and The Monterey County Herald. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in biology and attended medical school for one year before admitting she "didn't have the stomach for it".