Sunday, February 18, 2007

Extending the Life of Your Bouquet

How is your Valentine's bouquet holding up? My roses have opened up beautifully and are still quite fresh and lovely, but I will need to tend to them so that I can enjoy them this week as well and in a 'fresh' state. I've already used up the packet of preservative that came with my bouquet, but here's a homemade recipe that will yield similar results:

Bouquet Extender

1 Tbsp. bleach
1 tsp. sugar
1 gallon fresh water

Mix together. Remove flowers from original bouquet and cut stems about 1/2" shorter. This will allow for the update of fresh water. Remove the original water from the vase and replace with the bouquet extender. Rearrange flowers.



  1. Bleach? I never thought that bleach would extend the life of flowers. Strange... Tell more about the properties of bleach that cause this to happen.

  2. Hmmm, I'm not really sure. I assume it has something to do with bacteria. . .we'll have to research it, I guess. And the sugar is for 'food'.


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