How to keep cut flowers longer

It’s a wonderful feeling when we receive flowers, and even more gratifying to cut from your own garden to bring inside. Often times, though, the flowers don’t last very long, so here we have gathered a few tips to help your cut flowers last longer.

1. Cut off the stem bottoms in water

Cutting off the bottom of stems allows for the fresh opening to absorb more water. The original wound site usually seals off quickly especially when it interacts with the air. The best way to do this is cut the stems under water, allowing the flower to absorb water through its veins. Make angled cuts for more of the stem to be exposed to water.

2. Put the flowers in slightly acidic water

Slight acidity helps prevent callous formations in your flowers. This allows water to transfer freely into the flower stems. To achieve this, add a little vinegar or lemon juice to your water. Make sure it’s not more than 10% of your water volume.

3. Add a little sugar

Since the flowers can no longer produce their own food, a little sugar helps feed your flowers. A few pinches for a ten ounce glass is sufficient. Alternatively, you can add a citric soda to your water (like Sprite or 7-up) instead of lemon juice and sugar.

Other ways to make your flowers lasting longer

  • Add crushed aspirin into the water
  • Add 1/4 teaspoon of bleach per quart or litre, and 1 tsp sugar (optional) to the water
  • Place a copper penny and a cube of sugar into the water
  • Spray on the underside of leaves and petals with hairspray

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