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Aspirin: It’s a tried-and-true way to keep roses and other cut flowers fresh longer:  Put a crushed aspirin in the water before adding your flowers. Also, don’t  forget to change the vase water every few days.

Bleach: Freshly cut flowers will stay fresh longer if you add 1/4 teaspoon bleach per  quart (1 liter) of vase water. Another popular recipe calls for 3 drops bleach  and 1 teaspoon sugar in 1 quart (1 liter) water. This will also keep the water  from getting cloudy and inhibit the growth of bacteria.

Coins: Your posies and other cut flowers will stay fresh longer if you add a copper  penny and a cube of sugar to the vase water. The copper in pennies is thought to  act like an acidifier, which prevents the growth of bacteria.

Hair Spray: Just as it preserves your hairstyle, a spritz of hair spray can preserve your  cut flowers and help them look fresh, longer. Stand a foot away from the bouquet  and give them a quick spray, just on the undersides of the leaves and  petals.

Soda: Don’t throw away those last drops of soda. Pour about 1/4 cup into the water  in a vase full of cut flowers. The sugar in the soda will make the blossoms last  longer. Note: If you have a clear vase and want the water to remain  clear, use a clear soda, like Sprite or 7-Up.

Sugar: Make your own preservative to keep cut flowers fresh longer. Dissolve 3  tablespoons sugar and 2 tablespoons white vinegar per quart (liter) of warm  water. When you fill the vase, make sure the cut stems are covered by 3-4 inches  (7-10 centimeters) of the prepared water. The sugar nourishes the plants, while  the vinegar inhibits bacterial growth. You’ll be surprised how long the  arrangement stays fresh!

Apple Cider Vinegar: Everyone likes to keep cut flowers around as long as possible, and there are  several good methods. One way is to mix 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar and 2  tablespoons sugar with the vase water before adding the flowers. Be sure to  change the water (with more vinegar and sugar, of course) every few days to  enhance your flowers’ longevity.

Vodka: The secret to keeping cut flowers looking good as long as possible is to  minimize the growth of bacteria in the water and to provide nourishment to  replace what the flower would have gotten had it not been cut. Add a few drops  of vodka (or any clear spirit) to the vase water for antibacterial action along  with 1 teaspoon sugar. Change the water every other day, refreshing the vodka  and sugar each time.

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