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How to Keep Flowers Fresh With Sugar

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If you're tired of watching your flowers wilt prematurely, look in your kitchen for a bit of a sugar and vinegar. Sugar keeps flowers fresh by acting as a source of nourishment, while a little white vinegar goes a long way to keep your flowers safe from bacteria while they dine on the sweet food source. Here is how to give your flowers a better and longer life with some items that you have in your cupboard.

Grab a container or large vase. Fill the container or vase with 1 quart of lukewarm water. If you have bulb flowers like tulips, daffodils or hyacinths, use cold water.

Pour 3 tbsp. sugar and 2 tbsp. white vinegar into the water and mix the ingredients until both dissolve.

Submerge the flower stems in the mixture. Verify that the mixture is at least 4 inches above the bottom of the stems.

Cut the flowers' stems at an angle using a non-serrated, sharp knife while the stems are submerged. This prevents air bubbles from forming around your flowers' stems.

Remove submerged leaves.

Move the flower vase to a place in your home that has a cool temperature at night.

Replace the sugar water every two days.


Things You Will Need

  • Large vase
  • 3 tbsp. sugar
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar


  • Using distilled water instead of tap water can lengthen flowers' lives. If you have distilled water on hand, use it like you would regular tap water.
  • If cutting fresh flowers from your garden, wait until early morning or late afternoon to cut them.


  • Removing thorns from flowers may speed up wilting.
  • Keep flowers away from fresh fruit. Ethanol released from the fruit can cause your flowers to wilt prematurely.
  • Daffodils should be separated from other types of flowers.

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