When you’re given a beautiful bouquet of flowers or you've cut some fresh blooms from your garden borders to enjoy in your home, you want to keep them looking good for as long as possible. Most of us keep cut roses fresh by simply trimming the bottom of the stems at a 45-degree angle and changing the water regularly.
However, cleaning enthusiasts have been sharing an unconventional tip using lemonade – but is it a good idea?
When one cleaning fan asked for advice on how to keep cut roses fresh on Facebook page Mrs Hinch Cleaning Tips (opens in new tab), many shared their go-to tricks. ‘If you put lemonade in the vase, I think it helps,’ one said. ‘The flowers like the carbon dioxide in the bubbles.’ A few others echoed this advice and said to add a splash of lemonade into the flower water.
Other methods recommended by the group included keeping leaves out of the water, putting a copper coin at the bottom of the vase, and adding some sugar to the water. Some also suggested hammering the ends of any roses with ‘woody’ ends. But could the lemonade hack do more harm than good?
Not according to Liam Lapping at fresh flower delivery company Flowercard (opens in new tab). He says, 'watering your plants with sugar water or full-fat lemonade is an easy way to spruce up your flowers and keep them fresh for longer.' He explains that the sugar and citric acid in these liquids will feed your blooms. 'Refresh your water with this sugary solution one or two times a week for best results,' Liam adds.
Weddings and events florist Hannah Martin (opens in new tab) says, ‘the priority in keeping your flowers fresh is to give them clean and fresh water every other day.'
'Cutting their stems at an angle also helps so that the water can travel up the stem, but other products such as a tiny drop of bleach or a smidgen of a sterilizing tablet will also help,' Hannah adds.
'If you’re not keen on using chemicals then I’m sure lemonade will also do the trick and the bubbles may help too. When I provide flowers for weddings and events I always make sure the flowers I use have had a good drink of pure and clean water for at least a day, this helps them look their best on someone’s big day,’ says Hannah.
The lemonade trick has an added bonus of helping to 'minimize bacteria growth', according to gardening expert Ellen Mary (opens in new tab). She explains that fewer bacteria will in turn mean longer blooming flowers, and recommends replacing and topping up water frequently.
Read: Want to know how to dry flowers? Here's everything you need to know
If you’re wondering where the best place to buy plants online is, our guide will help. For those wanting to go a step further and try window boxes for longer-lasting flowers, our guide to the best plants for window boxes will provide some inspiration.
It’s natural to want to extend the life of cut flowers, but the most important thing of all is to enjoy them while they last. Remember to make the most of them as they bring gorgeous color and mood-boosting fragrance into your home.
Millie joined Gardeningetc in early 2021. She loves creating a vibrant display of containers in her small urban garden and is always picking up new plants at the local garden center. She's never without some fresh flowers at home and her favorite houseplant is her variegated pothos that's currently climbing its way over her bookshelves.
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