Keeping your Cut Flowers Alive Longer

Keeping Your Cut Flowers Alive Longer

I hope you all have had a wonderful Mother’s Day. But now that you have received all those beautiful flowers in a bouquet and you have placed them in a vase. I’m sure you want them to last longer then a week. Here are some tips on how to help you do exactly that.

You will need the following

  • Empty Clean Sink or Pail
  • Water
  • Shears or a sharp knife
  • Plant food * If you didn’t have any that came with the flowers, Place one of the things listed below in the
  • water.
  • Vase

Plant Food

  • Use only 1 Aspirin
  • Use only 1 part common lime soda with 3 parts water and add 1/4 tsp of household bleach per quart of water to keep the solution clear.
  • Use only 2 tsp of lemon juice, 1 tsp of sugar and 1/4 tsp of bleach in a quart of warm water
  • Another thing you can use is a penny from 1982 or earlier.

* If you use Household Bleach make sure you use 1/4 tsp every 4 days and change your water every couple of days as well.

Now you may ask why those things here is why.
Aspirin – creates acidic water which cut flowers thrive more in. The reason you want your water acidic is that it helps water move up the stem more easily.
Lime soda – Also helps create an acidic water that cut flowers will thrive more in. It is very important that you don’t use diet pop because there is no sugar in it. Also don’t use colas because they contain too much acid for the flowers
Sugar – Is also acidic for the water much like the Lime Soda.
Bleach – Is used to keep the fungi at bay and keep your water clear
Penny – The penny if from 1982 and before. The penny will work as a fungicide and will also help prevent fungus from growing.

Now let’s get started

First fill your sink up with warm water, or in my case I had a family size ice cream pail that I used
Next place your cut flowers in the sink or pail of warm water.

Make sure your vase is clean and free from dust. Fill it with water *warm water will help encourage closed flowers to start opening and cooler water will help your flowers last even longer.


Place your Cut Flower food in the vase and wait to dissolve *that is if you used an aspirin.
Now go and cut the tips of the stems at a 45 degree angle about 1-2 inches from the bottom of the stem. When you do this make sure you are cutting the flowers stems under the water. If you cut them out in the open the flowers will start to seal up which than will inhibit the flowers from getting the necessary nutrients it needs to last longer. Also if the flowers are cut in the open air, air bubbles will become trapped inside the stems which will also prevent water from going up the stem to the flower. The reason you want to cut at an angle is to help more nutrients and water to get to the flower.


Once you have cut your flowers transfer them immediately to vase and ENJOY!
And just remember that if flowers are kept in a cool area they will last even longer.


Aren’t these gorgeous? Thank you babe and thank you to one of my many sister in-laws for the thoughtfulness! I LOVE them!

I hope that you notice your cut flowers lasting longer than normal. If you would like more information on taking care of your cut flowers check out the links below.

Flower Power Keeping them Alive Longer
8 Ways to Preserve Flowers
The Best Gardening

Leave a comment about what you used for cut flower food and what you saw for a difference in your flowers.


About ajoyful

I'm a wife, a momma, a housekeeper and a penny saving one at that.

Posted on May 13, 2013, in DIY - Do It Yourself, Pointers and Tips and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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