What to Put in Water to Keep Flowers Fresh

by Elnazhamai

In this tutorial, I’m going to show you what to put in water to keep flowers fresh. By preparing a special mixture of water with some key ingredients, you can extend the lifespan of your blooms significantly. I'll guide you through the process of creating magic water that will help your flowers stay fresher for much longer.

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Tools and materials

  • 4 cups of water
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of citric acid
  • 1/4 teaspoon of bleach
  • Mixing container
  • Spoon for mixing

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

Before you begin, ensure you have all the necessary supplies listed above. Having everything prepared beforehand will make the process smoother.

Adding the ingredients to the water

Step 2: Measure the Ingredients

Using measuring spoons and cups, carefully measure out 4 cups of water and pour it into a mixing bowl. Then measure and add 2 tablespoons of sugar, 1 teaspoon of citric acid, and 1/4 teaspoon of bleach.

Mixing the ingredients

Step 3: Mix Well

Using a spoon, thoroughly mix the ingredients together until everything is fully dissolved. Ensure that the sugar, citric acid, and bleach are evenly distributed throughout the water.

Arranging the flowers

Step 4: Transfer to a Vase

Once the mixture is well mixed, transfer it to a clean vase or container. Make sure the vase is large enough to accommodate your flowers comfortably. I made my mixture in the vase which is a good option if you don’t want to use a mixing bowl.

Step 5: Arrange and Enjoy

Carefully trim the stems of your flowers at an angle before placing them in the vase with the magic water. This will help the flowers absorb water more effectively.

What to put in water to keep flowers fresh

What to put in water to keep flowers fresh

With fresh water for flowers combined with this magic mixture, you can sit back and enjoy their beauty for much longer. The citric acid helps lower the water pH, reducing wilting, while the bleach inhibits bacterial growth, allowing your flowers to thrive.

Now you know what to put in water for flowers that will look fresh and beautiful for an extended period. Enjoy the beauty of your blooms for days to come with this effective method. Try it at home and leave me a comment to let me know what you think.

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Frequently asked questions
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  • Robin N. Robin N. 7 days ago
    Could this mixture be used to water flowering plants like roses?
  • Denise Miles Denise Miles 7 days ago
    Where do you even find citric acid? Where would it be staying in a grocery store or in the regular store?
  • Denise Miles Denise Miles 7 days ago
    Where do you even find citric acid? What store?
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  • LT LT on Mar 20, 2024
    Sorry I missed up a word. You should never mix Bleach with vinegar or citric acid. The combination makes a toxic gas.
    • Gp5112156618 Gp5112156618 7 days ago
      This is 1/4 teaspoon of bleach going into a very watered down solution containing one teaspoon of citric acid. I can’t imagine anyone getting poisoned by the gas this generates but if you are concerned you could mix it outside.
  • Teresa Teresa 7 days ago
    Use flat 7up or Sprite. Easier and cheaper.