How To Make Cut Flowers Last Longer

Flowers are a beautiful and uplifting feature to have in any room, be it a small bunch of carnations, or a large complex bouquet of mixed varieties. How to make these cut flowers last longer, and looking their best, is something that everyone aims to achieve, and often small packets of flower food come attached to bunches of flowers to do just that. Here however, we let you into the secret of how to make your cut flowers last longer.

There are a variety of substances that can be placed in the vase of water to increase the longevity of cut flowers, and the thing they all have in common is that they cause the water to become acidic, and therefore stop bacteria from thriving in the water.

Here are some solutions, which all should be replaced every couple of days to keep the flowers at their freshest:

  • 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar, and 2 tablespoons of sugar, in a vase of water.
  • A few drops of Vodka, Gin, or any other clear spirit, along with a teaspoonful of sugar in a vase of water.
  • A crushed Asprin in a vase of water.
  • A quarter teaspoon of bleach in a vase of water (about 1 litre)
  • A copper penny in the vase, with a teaspoonful of sugar.

So, whether you have flowers from a special occasion such as an anniversary, birthday or a valentines gift, or if you just want to get the most out of the bunches that you purchase on a regular basis for your home, these tips should help prolong their life, and your enjoyment.