You’ve just received a beautiful bouquet from a lover, family member, or friend. Delighted with your beautiful gift, you place the flowers in a vase. But as many days pass they begin to wilt. While all flowers see the end eventually, there are definitely ways to extend their lifespan.
Most of our Bouqs come with “flower food,” but if you run out, here are some do-it-yourself recipes to keep your beautiful flowers living longer and fresher.
EASY DIY FLOWER FOOD RECIPES:-
- Lemon Juice – Sprinkle lemon juice and sugar in water for your vase. Sugar provides food that plants need to survive, while lemon juice lowers the pH of the flower and prevents bacteria from attacking the flowers. For added emphasis on bacteria control, add a quarter of bleach to make sure your flowers are well-guarded. Change this mix every three or four days.
- Soda – Use 7-Up, Sprite, or any other kind of citrus soda and mix it with 2/3rds part water. Make sure to choose regular sodas and not diet, and avoid non-citrus sodas like Coca-Cola or Dr. Pepper as they have too much acid. The acidity will prevent bacteria from eroding your bouquet. Make sure to change the mixture every day so that your flowers can receive the maximum nourishment and protection.
- Apple Cider Vinegar – Not only good for your health, apple cider vinegar will also increase the health of your flowers while keeping bacteria at bay. Mix it with some sugar and water to see your flower thrive. White vinegar will work just as well, just add more sugar. Change this every few days.
- Copper Penny – Add a copper penny or two and a teaspoon of sugar. The copper in the penny will prevent the growth of bacteria by releasing acid. For added protection, add bleach.
- Crushed Aspirin – A slightly less effective but fun method, crush aspirins to put in your water, along with an equal dosage of sugar. The aspirin contains salicylic acid and will also lower the pH. Good way to get rid of dusty painkillers that might have fallen out of their bottle.
- Vodka – Yes, you’ve heard that right, vodka can keep your flowers alive in style. Concoct a cocktail of vodka, water, and sugar, with the vodka diluted by at least half. Add a scoop of sugar and change the water every day, (or until you run out of vodka.)
Additional tips include trimming the ends of the stems every three to four days and cutting off leaves below the waterline, which can induce mold. Don’t forget to keep your flowers away from bad influences. Ripening fruit or vegetables and other dying flowers will cause your flowers to wilt by emitting an ethylene gas that hurts fresh flowers. Keep them in a cool place, and away from direct sunlight or heat. Enjoy your healthy flowers!