How To: Make That (Valentine’s Day) Bouquet Last

It’s the day after Valentine’s Day and you had received a bouquet of flowers from a loved one.  It’s a gorgeous arrangement and you want to keep it looking that way so you can show it off to everyone who walks by your living room.  Below are several ways to keep your bouquet looking fresh – some of which really took me by surprise!

ASPIRIN:  Crush aspirin in water before adding the flowers.

BLEACH: Add ¼ teaspoon bleach per quart of water.  To prevent cloudy water and growth of bacteria, add 3 drops of bleach and 1 teaspoon of sugar in a quart of water.

COINS:  Who knew??  Add a copper penny and a cube of sugar to vase water.

HAIR SPRAY:  Spray the underside of the leaves and petals to preserve the cut flowers.  Make sure you stand a foot away from the bouquet.

SODA:  Add ¼ cup of soda to a vase of flowers, clear sodas like Sprite and 7-Up work best.  The sugar will make the blossoms last longer.

SUGAR & VINEGAR:  Dissolve 3 tablespoons of sugar and 2 tablespoons per quart of warm water.  Make sure the stems are covered in water for about 4 inches.  Sugar nourishes the plant while the vinegar prevents bacterial growth.

VODKA:  Adding a few drops of vodka (or any clear spirit) to the vase water along with 1 teaspoon of sugar will prevent bacteria from growing.

Whichever method you decide to use to keep your flowers looking fresh, keep in mind that you still must change the water regularly (every other day).

Now that fabulous looking bouquet can look fresher even longer!

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