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How to Keep Your Cut Flowers Fresh

How to Keep Your Cut Flowers Fresh

Is a copper penny the right choice to keep cut flowers fresh? Or is the little packet of flower food? An aspirin? What water temperature is best? What is the trick that will triple the lifespan of cut flowers?

Often folk tips are based on good science. Learn about what works and what doesn’t, and why, to keep your cut flowers fresh, here:

Copper Penny, Aspirin, and Other Alternatives to Chemical Flower Food
The little packet of flower food are bactericides that kill the bacteria, yeasts, and fungi.

Here are tips of reaching this same goal without the chemicals:
* Copper is a fungicide and acts to preserve the water from too many yeasts and fungi.
* Aspirin is an acid and helps to kill bacteria overgrowth.
* Add 2 tablespoons lemon juice or vinegar to 1 quart of water. The idea here is the same as with aspirin, since lemon juice and vinegar are acidic.

Other Guidelines To Keep Fresh Flowers Fresh
* Place cut flowers in cold water, not warm! Warm water dehydrates flowers.
* Placing cut flowers in the refrigerator for six hours before arranging them will triple their lifespan.
* Hot water–up to 110-200 F–is recommended to restore very wilted flowers (the hotter water is for the more wilted flowers).
* Except for when you are cooling flowers, when you want cold water to cover the stems of the flowers, there is no need to have the water go higher on the stems then six inches.
* Recut the stems every few days.
* Remove all leaves and foliage below the water line.

Read more: Home, Household Hints

By Annie B. Bond

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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10:20PM PDT on Mar 28, 2014

I have been really impressed by going through this awesome blog. here

12:27PM PDT on Jul 11, 2013

Thank you :-)

11:13PM PDT on May 8, 2013

Copper okay that would figure for flowers too! It is so good to tape to a bee sting too leave it on for about 1/2 hr it won't even be seen the next day!
Thank You for the article!

thank You

2:54AM PDT on Apr 30, 2013

thanks for the info

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1:02PM PDT on Mar 20, 2013

Thanks for the tips.

1:56PM PDT on Mar 19, 2013

All interesting tips from readers. Thank you. Summer is almost here ( in Canada), I love cutting fresh flowers from the garden, especially when company is around.
Flowers make a room alive- a simple way to honor the beauty of Nature.

1:35AM PST on Feb 23, 2013

excellent thanks!

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