Caring For Cut Flowers - Knowledgebase Question

Louisville, KY
Question by raph7021
August 15, 2000
Would adding sugar to the water in my cut flowers help?

Answer from NGA
August 15, 2000


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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