Landscaping & Nursery Information for Home Gardeners


Cut flowers last longer if placed in clean, sterile vases or containers. Remove all foliage below the water. Cut stems under water if possible. Keep flowers on the cool side. Change water every other day.

To keep cut flowers lasting longer, use a commercial florist preservative such as Floralife.

Homemade solutions include a teaspoon of chlorine bleach and tablespoon of sugar per gallon of water. Another method is to use a cup of clear, lemon-lime soda per half gallon water.

The acid in the bleach and soda slows down bacterial growth. The sugars provide nutrients for continual bloom development.

Aspirin and copper pennies have not been shown to prevent bacterial growth and improve bloom length.

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