12 Household Hacks To Help Fresh Flowers Last Longer
Spring is just around the corner…. which means flower season and Mother’s Day! I wanted to do a post with my best tips and household hacks to help fresh flowers last longer in your home! Some of these I have done time and again, while others are simply wives tails I 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!
- Distilled water! There is less chance of particles in the water that can cause blockages in the stem.
- Sugar! This acts like food or a preservative for the flowers. Mix sugar with apple cider vinegar or white vinegar and the sugar feeds the flower, while the vinegar kills any bacteria.
- Apple Cider Vinegar! This kills bacteria that can grow rapidly in the water. Change it out every other day.
- Keep the ends clean cut! Always use a sharp knife or shears to cut your blooms. This will insure less chance of particle blockage in the stem.
- Change your water and wipe containers often! Bacteria builds up quickly so make sure that your are changing your water/wiping out your containers every other day if possible.
- Bleach! 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.
- Copper Pennies!! If you add a copper penny and a cube of sugar your flowers will last longer. The copper in pennies is thought to act like an acidifier, which prevents the growth of bacteria.
- Aspirin! My Gran always did this and swore by it. Crush the Aspirin and add it to the water.
- Hairspray! To preserve the flowers longer, simply spray the underside of leaves and petals.
- Vodka! Like most of the others I 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!
- Keep your flowers away from heat! 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.
- Keep your blooms and fruits separate. 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 luke warm as well, this helps the water intake speed up in the flower.
I hope you enjoyed my 12 Household Hacks To Help Fresh Flowers Last Longer! I use so many of these tricks with my blooms and they really do make them last longer. If you have a trick I haven’t listed, I would love to know about it. Please let me know in the comments below and thank you so much for stopping by.