Teleflora Blog

Share PermalinkCommentcomment2


How to keep your flowers fresh

by webdev

September 13, 2013

How to keep your flowers fresh

There's nothing that can brighten up a home like fresh flowers. However, blooms naturally start to droop, fade and wilt with time, which can be an eyesore and a major disappointment. While there are many ways to keep them looking healthy and bright, some tactics only require items you likely already have in your home. Next time you have a bouquet in your house, use these tips to extend their flower life without spending a lot of time and money.

Bleach

There's a reason bleach is a common ingredient in household cleaning supplies: It helps to kill bacteria. For the same reason, it's a helpful addition to your flowers' vase. We recommend adding 1/4 teaspoon of bleach per liter of vase water. Or you could combine 3 drops of bleach with 1 teaspoon of sugar in 1 liter of water, which will result in less cloudy water.

Aspirin

Painkillers are good for your plants, too. Dissolving a tablet in the vase's water before adding flowers creates an acidic solution, which allows water to absorb up the stem more quickly. You'll still need to change the water every few days, however.

Citrus soda

Don't throw away that leftover soda - even if it has gone flat, it's still a great formula for keeping those flowers fresh. Any lemon-lime flavored soda, including Sprite, 7-Up and Sierra Mist, has citric acid, which is beneficial for your blossoms. He recommended mixing one part soda with three parts water. Avoid diet sodas, as the sugar is crucial for this solution to work. Additionally, dark colas are too acidic for your delicate blossoms.

Vodka

Who knew flowers like a cocktail now and then? John Dole, a professor of horticulture at North Carolina State University, explained to Scientific American that clear alcohol, like vodka, preserves blooms. This is likely because it prevents ethylene, a gas that causes wilting, from producing. However, he pointed out that typical vodka from the liquor store contains 40 percent alcohol, which is much too high for plants to handle. Therefore, only add a few drops and include 1 teaspoon of sugar to help provide extra nourishment. Remember to change the water every other day, replenishing it with the vodka and sugar.

Pennies

Instead of throwing pennies into a fountain, toss them into your flower vase. Hassan explained that the copper works like an acidifier and a fungicide to inhibit bacteria and fungus from growing. He noted that it's important to add pennies that are dated before 1982, as those minted afterward are mainly comprised of zinc with only a small amount of copper in the coating.

Hairspray

When you want to keep your hair style locked into place, you use hairspray - so why not use it to maintain your flowers' beauty? We suggest a quick spray from one foot away, focusing on the undersides of the petals.

flower care tip

This article is brought to you and published by Teleflora.




Comments


Flowers | Reply
September 18, 2013

It's amazing to know that we can use Bleach,Hairspray,Vodka,Aspirin and Citrus soda to keep flowers fresh. Let see how they work.


Becky | Reply
September 20, 2013

Most of these tips are not even true. They have been proven in recent years to be inaccurate. You all need to fact check better. The only thing that really works is a 50:50 mixture of flat clear soda and water.


Add comment

Commenting Options

Enter your personal information to the left


  


 







biuquote







comment policy