Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Handy Household Tip: Make your own flower preservative!

Have you ever ran out of those packets of flower food that florists send home with your bouquet?

This is a handy homemade substitute, tried and tested for the last couple of years now. You may have to guesstimate the measurements bc it obviously depends on the size of your vase.

The recipe below is based on 1 litre of room temperature water:

- 2 tsp sugar (provides nutrition)
- 1 tsp vinegar or lemon juice (I've never added this but a recent recipe I came accross advises using this to lower the PH level of the water)
- 1/2 tsp bleach (prevents bacteria growth)

Other tips to help your flowers last longer are:

- Cut the stems in warm water to prevent the flower from taking up oxygen
- Remove any of the leaves that are below water level to prevent bacteria growth
- The obvious - cut the stem from a slant angle

I've probably bored you with this info but I'm pretty sure this will come in handy... one of these days.

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