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  Make Those Flowers Last
  July 19th, 2007

Wives’ tale, myth or fact? What really works to make cut flowers last longer?

Aspirin, vitamins, vinegar, 7-Up, Sprite, pennies and sugar. Some say they work, some say that they don’t. There are many folklore additives, and we have a few other tips that will help as well.

  • Remove all foliage from the stems below the water line; this minimizes bacterial growth in the water
  • Cut at least an inch from the bottom of each stem. Some say to then crush the bottom of the stem.
  • Keep the water fresh
  • Add this homemade recipe: 1 tsp. sugar, 1 tsp. bleach, 2 Tbs. lemon or lime juice to a quart of water.
  • Check the water level and replenish as needed.
  • Did you know that flowers in bud form will open if placed into warm water? Yes, indeed. Conversely, flowers kept in cool water will last longer and buds will be slow to open. If you have a tip that works, please let us know and we’ll be happy to share it with everyone! Who knows? You might even become famous!

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