So, between HGTV and Pinterest you’ve recently earned a not so accreditable degree in interior design. You have all of your favorite ideas pinned to your Pinterest board, but there’s one idea you’re not too sure about. Flowers. In all of the beautifully decorated dining room pictures you saw, you noticed that there are always some freshly cut flowers standing elegantly in a very expensive vase. You would love to give this a try because your garden is full of vibrant flowers waiting to be shown off on your dining table, but keeping fresh cut flowers alive is one thing you haven’t mastered yet. Well, don’t worry about a thing. I have plenty of tips to preserve those flowers, and the majority of them are already somewhere in your home. Here are 5 ridiculously clever ways to preserve cut flowers.

#1 Soda

I know what you’re thinking, and this trick is not a myth. According to Susan Han, professor in the plant environment department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the 7-UP formula really does work. This tasty lemon-lime soda helps blooms to remain vibrant and prevent sad drooping centerpieces. Because the flowers are cut from their roots, they are no longer provided the nutrients and food that they need in order to survive. However, with this clever mixture, the flowers will get all of the right nutrients it needs in order to remain beautiful and bright! Mix about 1/4 of a cup of soda into water and watch as it remains fresh longer!

#2 Vinegar

When we sell our flowering shrubs, we always let our customers know that plants usually like acidic soil. Vinegar is a great way to give your plants that acidity that he loves, even though it no longer has a root system. Acids prevent callous from forming at the bottom of the stem where the blooms were cut. Because vinegar is acidic, it will help the flowers to drink all of that tasty water freely!

 #3 Sugar

Sugar helps plants last longer by ensuring longevity. Once the flower is cut from its roots, the leaves no longer hold as much food as it once did. Adding sugar to your plant’s water nourishes the flowers and is said to even give your blooms a sweeter smell. Add 3 tablespoons of sugar and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar to every liter of warm water. The sugar acts as a food and the vinegar helps fight off any bacterial growth. Your flowers will usually last a few days or even weeks, longer if you change the water every other day.

#4 Pennies

Those useless pennies you keep vacuuming up could potentially preserve the life of your flowers. The copper acts as an acidifier, stated in #2 plants love acid, and will prolong the life of your freshly cut blooms. Take a penny and place at the bottom of your vase. Afterward, put a sugar cube on top of the penny, and watch it work wonders.

#5 Vodka

Yes, flowers know how to have a good time too. So, stop babysitting that bottle and finally put some use to it! Vodka helps to slow down the aging process of flowers by killing the harmful bacteria that makes them age quickly. However, just like human beings, flowers cannot tolerate but so much alcohol. Therefore, 8% would be perfect. Add a few drops of alcohol to the vase water, for antibacterial purposes, with 1 teaspoon of sugar as well.

 

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Pam
12 years ago I was sitting around, talking with two of my favorite, fellow Plant Geeks. We were trying to figure out why so many, superior plant varieties were not available to the public and were seldom offered in Garden Centers. Instead, the stores sold less attractive, older varieties, proven to be disease and insect prone. They also sold the sprays and chemicals that their customers would eventually need. The Ah Ha moment hit us and a company was formed. We decided that we would only offer the highest quality plants that must be Easy to Grow.
  • Big Mike

    Absolutely genius. Thank you.