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March 9, 2018

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12 Homemade Flower Food hacks 

Spring is here and summer is just around the corner.... which means it's fresh cut flower season! We wanted to do a post with our best tips and homemade flower food hacks to help flowers last longer in your home! Some of these we have done time and again, while others are simply wives tails we have heard along the way. One way or another, these tricks should help you keep those big blooms looking great for as long as possible!

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Not technically a homemade flower food, but by using distilled water there is less chance of particles in the water that can cause blockages in the stem. Deb swears by this for hydrangeas! It will make all the difference and you could get them to last up to a couple week by using the right water!


This acts like food or a preservative for the flowers. Mix sugar with apple cider vinegar or white vinegar and the sugar feeds the cut flower, while the vinegar kills any bacteria.

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This is probably Deb's fav to use! It kills bacteria that can grow rapidly in the water. Change it out every other day. Mix this with some white sugar and you get a great combination for your fresh cuts! 


Always use a sharp knife or shears to cut your blooms. This will insure less chance of particle blockage in the stem. Both the girls use specific paring knives just for cutting flowers! Here are some of their favs!


Bacteria builds up quickly so make sure that your are changing your water/wiping out your containers every other day if possible. Even pop them into the dishwasher if they are hard to clean containers! We have a variety of beautiful glass and vintage flower containers in the SHOP


 Not just good for cleaning the house or doing laundry anymore! Simply add 1/4 teaspoon bleach per quart (1 later) and a cube of sugar. The bleach kills any bacteria in the water and eliminates cloudiness in the water.


If you add a copper penny and a cube of sugar, your cut flowers will last longer.  The copper in pennies is thought to act like an acidifier, which prevents the growth of bacteria. Copper penny's added to some flowers like tulips will help them stand taller as well!

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Deb's Gran always did this and swore by it. Crush the Aspirin and add it to the water. Asprin is also great for laundry! Check out our tips on bright, white laundry here!


Great hair and happy flowers! Win Win! To preserve the flowers longer, simply spray the underside of leaves and petals.


 Like most of the others we have listed, use vodka with a bit of sugar to help kill any bacteria in the water! Just keep this one away from the kids!


 This means appliances such as TV's and computers. You also want to keep them away from being to close to heat registers if possible.


 Certain fruits, like kiwi's, apple's and banana's give-off ethylene which harm your flowers.


If you are cutting your own blooms from the garden, fill a large bucket with water and after you cut the blooms, plunge the stem within the first sixty seconds into the bucket. This will insure the flower doesn't harden-off and stem blockages don't form. If the stem is a woody type base, like a hydrangea or lilac,  then you can also smash the end about three inches to allow more water to absorb, helping the bloom last longer. Make sure the water is lukewarm as well, this helps the water intake speed up in the flower.

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We hope you enjoyed our 12 Homemade Flower Food Hacks To Help Fresh Cut Flowers Last Longer! We use so many of these tricks with our blooms and they really do make them last longer. If fresh cut flowers give you all the spring feels then you should check out Britt's 6 Tips to get your Farmhouse ready for spring HERE. Also, if you have a trick we haven't listed, we would love to know about it. Please let us know in the comments below and thank you so much for stopping by.

  1. I will definitely be trying these, I LOVE fresh flowers but I don’t get them nearly often enough because they never seem to last long enough to truly enjoy.

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