A few days ago I noticed that some of my favorite flowers in my garden were in FULL BLOOM (almost PAST full bloom! yikes!) and I hadn’t cut any yet! I quickly cut several blooms and combined them with some grocery store flowers I had also picked up that day. To ensure I will be able to enjoy my arrangement for as long as possible…I whipped up a batch of homemade flower food and figured I would share the recipe with you! I hope you find it helpful for your home flower arrangements!
Homemade Flower Food
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- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon household bleach
- 2 teaspoons lemon (or lime) juice
- 1 quart of lukewarm water
Fill a container with 1 qt. of warm water.
Add 1 tsp. sugar, 1 tsp. chlorine bleach and 2 tsp. lemon or lime juice to the warm water.
Place a lid on the container, and shake.
Pour into flower vase.
Before placing your flowers in the vase, be sure to trim the stems while holding under running water. This will prevent air bubbles in the stems and help the flowers to absorb more moisture.
When you fill the vase, make sure the cut stems are covered by 3-4 inches of the prepared water. These three ingredients will nourish your flowers, keep their stems open, and kill bacteria that could prematurely age them. You’ll be amazed at how long your arrangement stays fresh!
Now get out there and cut some flowers!
What are your favorite cut flower combos? I’d love to know!