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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