Keeping Your Fresh Flower Arrangement Fresher for Longer

Ever wonder what is in the little packet that comes with your flowers?  It is a combination of sugar and bactericide.  The sugar provides nutrients for the flowers and the bactericide helps to prevent growth of bacteria.  Now that you have added that packet to your water, do you know what to do tomorrow?

First, change the water daily.  If that is not possible, change the water as often as possible.  This gives the flowers new nutrients and will cause fewer bacteria to form.  The stems of the flowers self-seal, which leads to a reduced amount of water flow to the flower.  To avoid this, when changing the water, trim a small amount from each stem to allow for adequate water intake.

Hair spray.  Yes I said it, hair spray.  If you have hair spray available, hold the can one foot away from the arrangement and lightly spritz the underside of the leaves and petals of the flowers. 

Lastly, you only get one packet of the flower preservatives with your flowers.  Below are a few options that you can create with items most people have available at their home or office.  These mixes are for 1 quart of water.  Please adjust as needed for the amount of water you are using.

• 2 Tablespoons Apple Cider or regular white vinegar and 2 Tablespoons of sugar
• 5 drops of clear spirit (such as vodka) and 1 teaspoon of sugar
• Copper penny and 1 teaspoon of sugar
• ¼ Teaspoon of household bleach - This method also helps to prevent water from getting cloudy if you can’t change the water daily. 

No matter what method you choose, following these steps will ensure that your fresh flower arrangement is around for you to enjoy even longer.

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