Fresh Cut Flower Preservative





Introduction: Fresh Cut Flower Preservative

About: I am married with two children. Spring, summer, and fall are my very favorite times of the year. I love the sunshine thus the reason for my name. The 2 I's are because sunshine was already taken. I enjoy wo...

Spring break and Daylight savings time are this weekend!  You know what that means?  Spring is in the air!  Yes the warm days will sprout those lovely flowers for us to enjoy inside and out!  I love flowers of all kinds and miss them when the winter months roll around.  I always have cut flowers in my home during the spring,  summer,  and fall months.  In the winter I start bulbs.  I thought I would make an Instructable about how to make a flower preservative and give you a few tips about cut  flowers.  My husband recently bought me some cut flowers.  Unfortunately they did not come with a flower preservative and they were looking a little droopy. I am glad I knew a recipe to use,  so they would not wilt and die.  Let me show you how simple it is to make.

Step 1: Ingredients


2 Tablespoons white vinegar.
2 Tablespoons sugar.
1/2 Teaspoon chlorine bleach.
1 Quart warm water.


If you don't want to use bleach;  adding any ( one )  of these to warm water before adding flowers are beneficial:

  • 1 crushed aspirin.
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar 
  • 1 Copper penny.
  • 1 Pinch of salt.
  • 1 Pinch baking soda.
  • A good substitute is 7up;  6 oz to a gallon of water.   

There are many different recipes available.  


Step 2: Utensils

Empty bottle.
Measuring cup.
Cutting board.

Step 3: Method

1 Quart  of warm water into a measuring cup, then add:
2 Tablespoons white vinegar.
2 Tablespoons sugar.
1/2 Teaspoon chlorine bleach.
Write on the bottle Flower Water!
Fill a vase with this solution as needed.


Step 4: Cutting Tips

The best time to cut flowers are early in the morning or late in the afternoon.
Fragrant flowers are cut best,  in the morning when the plant is filled with stored food and the flowers are most fragrant.
Flowers keep best when cut with a sharp knife or scissors and placed into water as soon as possible.
Cut the stems on a slant, as it exposes more stem surface area.
Make sure the leaves are removed that might be in contact with the water.
If cutting roses do not remove the thorns as it tends to shorten their life.
Keep flowers in a cool place away from drafts, heat, and away from fruit.
Change the water every 48 hours and clean the vase.


Step 5: Add Solution

Add the flower water to a vase.
Trim the flowers to the length you need.
Trim the stem ends on an angle.
Remove any leaves that may come in contact with the water.
Place the flowers in the vase ASAP.

Step 6: Sunshiine's Final Thoughts

Spring,  it's such a pretty little thing! Try these ideas the next time you cut some flowers or you buy them and see if you don't enjoy them a little longer!  Have a beautiful spring break and please drop in again sometime.



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    Thanks for sharing these tips for preserving the fresh cut flowers. Today morning only i was searching on net for such tips. I used to cut the stem in a slanting manner in order for the flowers to absorb more water. But here i got to know much more!

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    Great point susanrm! I learn something new everyday here! I appreciate the link! Knowledge is power!

    Thanks for the recipe, I will keep this in mind when Spring finally comes.

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    Thanks for commenting and I hope your spring is filled with pleasant surprises!

    Very interesting, Sylvia! Thanks for sharing it!

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    Thank you for stopping by rimar! Hope your creating something to share!

    Thanks for sharing this sunshiine! I've heard that some of these ingredients could be used on cut flowers, but I never knew the right recipe and how much to use. I will definitely give this one a try. Its such a shame when those pretty blooms start to wilt.

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    Thanks for commenting! Yes it is a shame but you can dry them and make them into something everlasting. I will share soon how to do that! Have a great day!

    TY for sharing Sunshiine!! :)

    I never knew you could make your own preservative for flowers. TY :)

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    Yes and it is cheap! It works like a dream. Thanks for commenting! Have a Happy Spring.