What Are Some Ways to Keep Cut Flowers Fresh?

What Are Some Ways to Keep Cut Flowers Fresh?

Keep cut flowers looking fresh by spraying them with hairspray and by putting soda or a penny in the vase before adding water. These simple techniques are proven to increase the longevity of a cut flower.

To apply hairspray, position the bottle a foot away from the flower and gently spray the underside of the leaves and petals. The sugar in soda helps replace the flower's natural nourishment, resulting in a longer lasting bloom. Any soda works, but clear sodas do not discolor the water. Placing a penny in the vase acts as an acidifier, helping to prevent bacteria growth.