7 Clever Tricks for Long Lasting Flowers

Don’t you hate when you get a gift of beautiful flowers but they last for such a short time? Well, there are a few things you can do to help them last. Here are 7 clever tricks to keep your flowers a little longer:

Tip Number 1

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Humans aren't the only ones with a sweet tooth; flowers have one too. Instead of letting soda go to waste, pour about ¼ cup of soda into the vase and mix it with fresh water. This will allow for the flowers to continue illuminating its beauty for a longer period of time.

Tip: Use Sprite or 7-Up if you have a clear vase and want the water to remain clear. “The 7-Up formula works really well,” says Susan Han, a professor in the plant, soil and insect department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Tip Number 2

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This method is ideal for delicate petals like daisies, tulips, and lilies. All you need to do is spray your flowers on the undersides of the leaves and petals, and put them back into the vase as soon as you are finished!

Tip Number 3

Apple-Cider-Vinegar

Every couple of days, mix fresh water with 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and 2 tablespoons of sugar. The apple cider vinegar will increase your bouquet's life span.

Caution: Do not use actual apples, they exude a certain gas that will kill your flowers rapidly.

Tip Number 4

Vodka
Keeping your flowers clean of bacteria is an essential tip for long lasting flowers. To keep flowers from wilting quickly add a few drops of vodka (or any clear spirit) to the vase with fresh water and 1 teaspoon of sugar every other day.

Tip Number 5

Lemon-Juice

The soils in which most flowers grow have acidic pH levels. Therefore, 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of sugar with ½ teaspoon of bleach diluted in 1 quart of fresh water is perfect, especially for roses.

Tip Number 6

Bleach

Tired of getting cloudy and inhibited growth of bacteria? Well the problem to that will soon be over! Add 3 drops of bleach and 1 teaspoon of sugar in a 1 quart (liter) of water.

Tip Number 7

One-Copper-Penny

Not only is this really cheap but really easy. The only material needed is a copper penny with a sugar cube. It’s that easy!

References:

 

http://www.ncagr.gov/cyber/kidswrld/plant/nutrient.htm

http://www.rd.com/slideshows/how-to-make-flowers-last-longer/#slideshow=slide1

http://homeguides.sfgate.com/aspirin-affect-life-cut-flowers-vases-64662.html

 

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