Would you like to keep your flowers fresher when you get them?

flower preservative - keeping your flowers for longer is a good thing so the good feeling can be extended and harmoney more likely in the home.
@Willowlady (10666)
United States
March 17, 2007 6:22pm CST
Here is something I found that could help you keep the flowers you will be getting for a bit longer so that you can appreciate them and the giver for a longer period of time. Under normal circumstances, flowers get what they need from the plant on which they are growing. When severed from the plant, however, flowers are deprived of these essential substances. But commercial floral preservatives replace some of these essentials, helping your cut flowers to last longer. Such solutions contain sugar for nutrition, bleach to keep the water clear of bacteria, and citric acid to gently acidify the water. You can do a little of your own kitchen chemistry and make your own preservative using the recipe below. Homemade Flower Preservative Recipes Home mixes can be as effective as commercial preservatives. Here are several easy-to-make recipes: #1 1 teaspoon sugar ½ teaspoon household chlorine bleach 2 teaspoons lemon or lime juice 1 quart lukewarm water #2 2 cups lemon-lime carbonated beverage 2 cups water ½ teaspoon household chlorine bleach #3 2 tablespoons white vinegar 2 tablespoons sugar ½ teaspoon household chlorine bleach 1 quart water For a good experiment try all three recipes, dividing up a big batch of flowers, making fresh cuts (with a very sharp knife) at the bottom of the floral stems every two days, replenishing the solutions daily, and see which recipe makes the flowers last the longest. Two dozen long-stemmed roses at Costco run about $15.00, for example, and can be easily divided into three groups of 8 long-stemmed roses. This experiment would cost less than $20 and you get to enjoy the roses.
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• United States
17 Mar 07
What a great idea. I think I will try this.. I will let you know what results may come. There is an online website that I order flowers from, and their flowers often last 3 weeks or more! I'm impressed with the site and use it for all my flower purchases.
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
18 Mar 07
I appreciate the sharing. Thanks for responding.
@rjbass (1424)
• United States
18 Mar 07
These are some great tips. I'm a little suprised that adding chlorine helps in prolonging the flower's life but I am surely going to give your recipes a try. I buy flowers for my wife quite often and would definately like to see them last longer which would help me get more bang for my buck. Thank you.
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
18 Mar 07
Sure glad to help a guy indulge his girl. Thanks for responding.
@claudia413 (4284)
• United States
18 Mar 07
I'd heard about lemon-lime carbonated soda, but not about adding the other stuff to it...same with using a crushed aspirin. I think I'll make some of this up to keep on hand since my husband does bring home fresh flowers from time to time. Thanks so much for sharing.
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
18 Mar 07
Anytime my friend. You are so lucky. Thanks for responding.
• United States
18 Mar 07
Great post my friend. I have used the lemon and the cholorine, and it works. Also an asprin works. Keep these tips coming. Much appreciated.
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@sweetlady10 (3617)
• United States
25 Mar 07
Hi friends, thanks for these great tips. When I get flowers or we buy some fresh flower, we use the pack to put on the water what we get with the flower. Sometime taht works well for little long, but sometime does not. So, next time I will going to try your recipes.
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@msqtech (15226)
• United States
28 Mar 07
I am marking willow as a source of great information she is a great friend indeed.
@gapeach65 (805)
• United States
22 Mar 07
Thank you for the "recipes". I can't wait to go out and buy some flowers so I can try these. If I try them now and find the one that works best, I'll be prepared the next time my husband brings flowers home for me. I'll get back to you and let you know which one I try, and if it works. Thanks again for the helpful discussion.
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
23 Mar 07
I hope you do, not sure when my next cut flowers will be around. Will love to know how they work for you. Thanks for responding to this discussion.
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• Canada
18 Mar 07
Oh wow!! I will definitely be trying this! My partner rarely buys me flowers because well, they just don't last very long. However, I've made a note of these solutions and will definitely be trying them. I'll let you know what the results are. Thanks for sharing.
@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
18 Mar 07
Will appreciate you sharing your results. Thanks for responding.
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@maribea (2366)
• Italy
18 Mar 07
wow..you seem an expert in preserving flowers from ruining!!!! they seem very easy to try...maybe next time I am using the one with chlorine bleach, vinegar and sugar...till now I used to cut flowers every other day and add sugar or aspirin to the water so to help them remain fresh as long as possible...but I am surely giving a try and use your receipts... by the way let me say I love your avatar...I am crazy on Dante Gabriele Rossetti!!!
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
18 Mar 07
Am not an expert. Thanks for the kind words. Is this Lilith? the avatar? Thank you very much for responding.
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@lkbooi (16100)
• Malaysia
18 Mar 07
Thanks for willing to share the methods that can keep cut flowers last longer. I will try the mentioned recipes soon. Does it worke on all kinds of flowers or just for roses only?
@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
18 Mar 07
Picking the right flowers will increase the longevity of an arrangement. The vase life of cut flowers varies considerably. Some cut flowers last only 1 or 2 days, whereas others may survive 2 to 4 weeks. Annuals that make good cut flowers are giant zinnia, sunflower, lisianthus, larkspur, and tall snapdragon. Good cut flower perennials include hosta, peony, purple coneflower, rudbeckia, shasta daisy, and Asiatic lily. Yarrow, globe amaranth, and celosia are good cut and dry flowers Hope this information helps. Thanks much for responding.
• United States
18 Mar 07
That's really great info. I just bought cut tulips today at the grocery store. Maybe I'll try one of the recipes!
• India
18 Mar 07
Hmm,,,, tsts cool idea ...thx it wil come handy some day or the other....
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@angel_27 (129)
• United States
18 Mar 07
Aww cool, thanx alot i just love my flowers and ill have to try this out.
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@rainbow (6763)
18 Mar 07
How fantastic, I tend to put my flowers in lemonade if I have any opened, especailly if it 's getting a bit flat or I melt a couple of dessert spoons of sugar in about 1/2 a vase of hot water and top up with cold. I always cut the stems too, so I'm doing something right. My mum used to put a pin hole through the top of tulip stems, as it stops them drooping. I don't often have flowers in the home at the moment, but when Summer gets here I have some every week so I will try your recipes then. Thank-you so much for sharing them!
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• United States
18 Mar 07
It's interesting and serendipitous that you should mention this. :-) I just picked up a dozen roses at the grocery store for someone's birthday.
• Philippines
3 Jul 07
Thank you so much for that post. I would be able to use it when I pick up flowers from the garden and give them to someone. Anyway, I dont really pick up flowers. I want them planted all the time. I used to have this hobby of preserving leaves but not flowers. Flowers are best when they are in the garden.
@usmcsgtwife (4997)
• United States
2 Jul 07
what a great thing to share, I am always looking for ways to make my flowers last longer, and here lately my husband stopped buying flowers because he said they die to fast,, maybe now he will buy me flowers again if I show him this
@Melody1 (968)
• India
2 Apr 07
Trust you to come up with great tips and recipes and you never let us down.:-) All three solutions mentioned by you are quite simple and definitely worth trying. The aftermath of spring is still visible in my garden as it is still full of vivid coloured flowers. Soon they are going to wilt away and then I'll have to buy flowers again and then your useful tips are going to come in handy. Thanks.
@hezoid (2147)
31 Mar 07
I will have to try making up one of those solutions the next time i'm lucky enough for my partner to buy me some flowers, which sadly isn't very often.
@superbren (856)
31 Mar 07
we disolve a soluble aspirin in the flower water and they last longer.
• Philippines
28 Mar 07
Just adding a tip from my former botany professor. He used to tell us that to extend the freshness of your flowers, during the trip from your store to your house, sometimes it may take hours, is to hold them downward. You may look weird but it extends their freshness maybe because it keeps their nutrient upward, I forgot. It is more concentrated on the heads of the flowers. And before putting it in your magic recipe, cut the stem in a slant position for larger area absorption. Have a nice day Willow! And thank you for adding me to your friends! (^^,)