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Make Cut Flowers Last Longer

Date: April 21, 2016      Publication: Bottom Line's Household Magic      Source:  Joan Wilen & Lydia Wilen      Print:

We know how you feel. Fresh cut flowers are so beautiful…but they have woefully short lives! Here’s a way to help them last…

Most tap water contains minerals that make it alkaline. And alkaline water has a hard time moving through cut flower stems. This means that the life of cut flowers in a vase will be shortened because the flowers do not get the hydration or nutrition they need to thrive.

To overcome this challenge, simply lower the pH of the water…or acidify it. You can do this by adding one part of nondiet lemon–lime soda (such as Sprite or 7UP) to three parts of water in your flower vase. The citric acid in the soda helps lower the pH, and the sugar in the soda gives the flowers an energy boost.

More help with flowers…

How to Get Your Orchid to Rebloom

What Your African Violets Need

Arrange Flowers Like a Pro

 

Joan Wilen and Lydia Wilen are health investigators based in New York City who have spent decades collecting "cures from the cupboard." They are authors of Bottom Line's Treasury of Home Remedies & Natural Cures and Bottom Line's Household Magic and of the free e-letter Household Magic Daily Tips.