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The Secret to Long Lasting Cut Flowers

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I checked in with my favorite florist-- my mom-- about keeping cut flowers fresh. There are numerous home solutions to keeping a bouquet or arrangement from wilting, and most of them aren't that effective. It would be cool if bleach or a single penny could keep flowers looking fresh, but they don't fix much at all!

Lucky for us floral amateurs, there actually is one way to prolong the lives of cut flowers, even if you don't have the pre-mixed plant food. If you happen to have a little bit of clear soda, such as 7-Up, Sprite, or Sierra Mist, you can mimic the effect of plant food you'd find in the shop! Just add about 1/4 cup of soda to the water in your vase after cutting the stems and removing the lower leaves. Change the water frequently, and watch for signs of rot, and your flowers might even last a whole 10 days!

The reason behind this may be in the citric acid and sugar. These provide nutrients in the right balance for your flowers, as too much acid or sugar would rot the plants even faster than usual.

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