Saturday, 13 December 2014

Extending the life of flowers

If your sweetie shelled out big bucks getting a beautiful floral arrangement for you, make them last as long as possible. Here are ways to make your cut flowers last longer using common ingredients found around the house.

Here are a few favorites:

A tablet of aspirin can mimic the effects of the traditional flower food that typically comes with a bouquet of flowers. Simply crush an aspirin tablet and dissolve in water before adding flowers. Trim a little bit off of the stems every other day to help them absorb the water.

Copper penny
Put all of those random pennies you found underneath the couch cushions to use by placing one in the bottom of a vase along with a teaspoon of sugar. The theory is that the copper acts as a natural antibacterial agent.

Not only can bleach sterilize a vase, it can also help keep flowers from wilting too fast and prevent mold from growing in the water and turning it to that nasty, cloudy color. Add 1/4 teaspoon of bleach per 1 liter flower water.

Perhaps one of the most common ingredients for making homemade flower food is sugar. The sweet stuff can help open up buds and keep them blooming longer by providing nutrients. Sugar can be mixed with white vinegar,bleach, aspirin, or fresh lemon juice to add an extra kick to the flower water.
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