The Q&A Archives: Caring For Cut Flowers

Question: Would adding sugar to the water in my cut flowers help?

Answer: There are two recipes for preserving cut flowers. Mix 1 teaspoon bleach and one tablespoon sugar into a gallon of water, or add one cup of 7-Up (or other clear softdrink) to 1/2 gallon of water. Use either mixture in place of
water in a vase of cut flowers. The acid slows bacterial growth and the sugar provides nutrients to the flowers, helping them stay fresher longer.

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