We all at various times have put cut flowers into a vase of water at home and enjoyed having them in the house, then only after a few days to see them wilt and die. We then wish that they had lasted that little bit longer and regret that we did not add that something to the water.
The article quotes: To prolong the life of fresh-cut flowers, florists recommend you use commercial flower preservatives.
The additives work by providing food in the form of sugar, fighting the growth of harmful microorganisms and allowing the plant to take in nutrients more efficiently by raising the acidity of the water (lowering its pH).
You may have heard that numerous homemade vase solutions — including water mixtures containing copper pennies, aspirin, vodka, sugar, 7-UP or bleach — mimic the effects of commercial preservatives. But do these home remedies actually work?
So let’s look at some these homemade remedies a bit closer:
Copper pennies are best kept in an old tin in a draw as University of Florida horticulturalist Terri Nell wrote in a June 2004 telling us that pennies may have copper in them, but are not soluble so are of no benefit !!
Aspirin are another commonly used ingredient which are known to lower the pH in water, but there are many conflicting studies of to its effectiveness. So it’s best to keep them for your headaches !!
Sugar is another used ingredient which people swear by, and this does have a short term benefit but also promotes micro bacteria which kills our flowers quickly. Perhaps best to keep the sugar for your Tea !!
Seven Up & Sprite make flower water both acidic and sugary & Susan Han recommends concocting a solution of one part soda and three parts water to add to the flower vase. Seems like an awful waste and expense to open a couple of cans for this !!
So that just leaves us with the VODKA………. Don’t even try it !!!!!!Just get a tall tumbler, fill it with Ice and a slice of lime, a good slug of Vodka and top up with tonic. After a few of these you won’t even care !!
But seriously, the best way of keeping your flowers longer is either to add a commercial flower preservative sachet or use this trade secret recipe.
Add a tiny pinch of sugar to water then add a tiny drop of bleach & change the water every day……..CHEEERS !!!!