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home recipe

PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2011 6:09 am
by winlepha
Can anyone suggest a good home recipe for adding to water to keep cut flowers fresh? When you are gifted with, or buy, fresh flowers you get a little packet of powder to add to the water to feed the flowers and keep them fresh. That is supposed to be done every 3 or 4 days so the flowers outlast the flower food. Anyone have a good home recipe?

PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2011 9:25 am
by vagreys
Your flower water should contain an antibacterial/antifungal agent, an acidifier to improve fluid transport up the stem, and simple sugar food for the plant cells. A flower arranger friend of mine says the easiest formula they use at the florist is:

75% water
25% regular lemon-lime soda (not diet soda)
1/4 teaspoon plain bleach per quart of solution.

Change the water every 4 days.

We've used this formula and cut flowers seem to keep about 10-14 days. YMMV.

PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2011 9:44 am
by grisell
Thanks! That's really useful. :)

PostPosted: Sun Aug 28, 2011 6:15 am
by scotman
Hi try putting an Asprin in the watter, or a copper penny, a tsp sugar is supposed to help. I can promise you though that a Lemsip works wonders.

PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2011 8:49 am
by lbacon
Well, there is actually a trick I like to use. I learned it from my mother. Every time I receive a flower delivery uk from my mother containing fresh cut flowers I throw a penny into the water and half of an aspirin. The aspiring keeps the flowers fresh and the chemical components in the penny help the flower to bloom beautifully and fully! :)

PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2011 11:01 am
by Snags
Chop the ends of the flowers off half a centimetre or so and quickly insert into the water

I also do the aspirin sugar and a little bleach (dash)
and keep changing the water.