Alka-Seltzer. To prolong the life of cut flowers in a vase, drop in
two Alka-Seltzer tablets for every quart of water.
& Hammer Baking Soda. Cut flowers last longer if you add one teaspoon
Arm & Hammer Baking Soda for every quart of water in the vase.
Bayer Aspirin. To sustain the life of cut flowers in a vase, drop in
two Bayer Aspirin tablets per quart of water.
Clorox Bleach. Flowers in vases stay alive longer if you add
one-quarter teaspoon Clorox Bleach to each quart of water. The sodium
hypochiorite kills the harmful bacteria in the water.
Heinz White Vinegar and C&H Sugar. To prolong the life of cut
flowers, dissolve two tablespoons Heinz White Vinegar and three tablespoons
C&H Sugar per quart of warm water in a vase, making certain that the water
level in the vase covers the bottom three to four inches of the stems. The
acetic acid in the vinegar inhibits bacterial growth in the water, and the
sugar feeds the plants.
Hydrogen Peroxide. To extend the life of cut flowers in a vase, add a
capful hydrogen peroxide for every quart of water in the vase. Hydrogen
peroxide kills bacteria that would otherwise clog the stems and cause the
flowers to wilt.
Johnson & Johnson Cotton Balls. To keep freshly cut amaryllis,
daffodils, and delphiniums alive longer, cut off two inches from the end of
the stems and place the flowers in a bucket of cold water in a cool spot
away from direct sunlight for a few hours. Having conditioned the flowers,
turn them upside down, fill each hollow, tubular stem with water, plug with
a Johnson & Johnson Cotton Ball, and place the stems in a water-filled vase.
Kingsford Charcoal Briquets. To prevent mold in an opaque vase filled
with freshly cut flowers, place an untreated Kings- ford Charcoal Briquet in
the water. The charcoal deodorizes the water.
Listerine. To sustain cut flowers, add one-half teaspoon Listerine
(original or Cool Mint) per quart of water in a vase. The antiseptic
inhibits the growth of harmful bacteria
Morton Salt. Another simple way to prolong the life of freshly cut
flowers is to add a pinch of Morton Salt to the water in the vase. Salt
slows the growth of harmful bacteria that would otherwise cause the flowers
to wilt prematurely.
7-UP. To make cut flowers last longer and look more vibrant, fill the
vase with one part 7-UP to two parts water. The high sugar content in 7-UP
nourishes the plants.
Smirnoff Vodka. To extend the life of cut tulips specifically, add a
few drops Smirnoff Vodka to the water. The alcohol kills harmful bacteria.