There's nothing more frustrating than purchasing a beautiful bouquet to enliven your home or welcome guests only to have it wilt within mere days. Fortunately, Marie Ackerman, VP of education at flower delivery service Teleflora, has four somewhat quirky and shockingly easy ways you can keep your stems blooming longer. And all of her tips can be done with items easily found around your house! Check them out below.
"The penny is the most popular coin to drop in a vase of water to keep your fresh bouquet looking its best," said Marie, explaining, "The acid found in copper can act as a natural, antibacterial means of preventing the growth of bacteria in your flowers." Can't find a penny? Marie said you can substitute with a nickel since they also contain copper.
2. Aspirin or sugar
"Adding either of these is thought to be a good way to combat the aging process in fresh plants," explained Marie. This is because the sugar provides additional nutrition for the flowers while the aspirin is thought to increase the water's acidity. Marie said that this "will actually help the water fight against gravity to make its way from the bottom of the stem to the rest of the plant."
3. Bleach, vinegar, or alcohol
Marie said that "bleach, vinegar, and alcohol will help protect your plants from things like mold and bacteria by keeping the water disinfected." If you are using a clear vase, Marie recommends using clear versions of these liquids like white vinegar or vodka to keep the additives invisible.
4. Hair spray and mouthwash
"These two grooming products help in different ways. The acids found in mouthwash kill the bacteria on your flowers, and the hair spray coats them with a protective layer to keep them shielded from harmful substances," Marie said.