cut flowers

February 24, 2007 9:43am CST
I would like to know how to keep cut flowers fresh. I saw something on the telly last week but I didn't write down the information. It was either an aspirin, sugar, vinegar or bleach. I just can't remember! Can someone help me please?
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@kathy77 (7488)
• Australia
24 Feb 07
In regards to keeping of cut flowers, the best way to do this is two ways that I know of one is put an old coin in the vase this always kept my cut flowers fresh, and the other one which you could of seen is where you put sugar in the vase just half a teaspoon, that is all that is required, I used to do this all the time with my cut flowers.
24 Feb 07
Thank you so much Kathy! I shall write this down and put it in a safe place. Eddie gave me flowers for valentines day and I'd like for them to last as long as possible.
@tess1960 (2386)
• United States
6 Mar 07
I believe the old coin is a penny. Something about the copper. This is what one of my grandmothers always did. And yes an aspirin does work for roses. Also I was tol to add just a bit of bleach if using sugar in the water.
@seamonkey (1981)
• Ireland
14 Mar 07
We use an aspirin for our Christmas trees to keep them fresh and green longer so I think that must be what you are thinking of.
@seamonkey (1981)
• Ireland
14 Mar 07
Oh, I just looked at The Frugal Life and they aslso recommend a dash of cheap vodka. Happy flowers!
@snowflake5 (1579)
• United States
24 Feb 07
I've heard that putting flowers in lemonade really helps due to a combination of the sugar and carbon dioxide (which plants use to make food). Don't stand the flowers in Coke though - they'll just turn black.
• United States
25 Feb 07
Sprite or 7 up works well and wont discolor delicate blooms!
@palpalsky (900)
• United States
14 Mar 07
well its asprin ..also make sure you are changing water daily ...it helps to keep flower fresh for long time
@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
25 Feb 07
I have always used an aspirin. I have recently read about the sugar though and will try it the next time I get cut flowers. Interesting post above about the old coin. I wonder what that adds to the water? Cut flowers are so pretty, I always want to make them last as long as possible!
@Bizziebod (3526)
25 Feb 07
Hi, I had some flowers last weeks for valentines and it had a packet of a sugar substance that came with it to make the flowers last longer - Not sure how long flowers are meant to last but mine are just dying now so that's a week and a half. I heard vinegar was more effective though! Hope that helps!
• United States
25 Feb 07
Asperin and sugar can both help prolong the life of your flowers. I recently heard a bit of vodka in the water will help as well, but i dont have any on hand to try it out. What works also is filling your vause half way with ice, then adding some water to it. Every day add new ice and water and trim a bit off the edge of your stems. Just a sliver shorter, and at an angle. It can preserve their lifespan. OR you can cut a slit UP the stem. cut it in half for maybe half an inch, it gets better water that way :) Enjoy your flowers!
@winterose (39897)
• Canada
25 Feb 07
my family has always used an aspirin to keep flowers fresher longer. I did read also something else, I can remember but it could have been vinegar.
@abbey19 (3129)
• Gold Coast, Australia
24 Feb 07
I have heard that putting an aspirin in the vase water keeps flowers fresher for longer; I do this, and it seems to work. Also, before I put the flowers in the vase I was told to cut the stems on an angle instead of straight across, as that seems to improve the longevity also.
@jbrowsin66 (1322)
• United States
24 Feb 07
I know, there seems to be so many additives. I think it's aspirin for roses. I can't remember which flower this is, but I've heard putting a match to the end of one kind of flower to seal it also helps. (I wouldn't try this, lol). I know that they sell small packets of powder to add to the water. I'm not sure what it's called or where to get it.