Flowers are naturally beautiful. The vibrant color makes them a perfect decoration, whether it is in bedrooms or dining tables. However, flowers do not have a long lifespan. Some of them are only beautiful for 5 to 10 days at most.
Although some chemicals can be used to prolong the lifespan of flowers, they are often inaccessible and expensive. This is why you’d be glad to know that you could actually prevent your flowers from withering by using two things found in your homes: sugar and a penny.
Using sugar in your flower water can help keep it fresh for a longer time. This is because when the flowers were still attached to the plant, it uses sugar to thrive from photosynthesis. This is why it only goes to follow that when you cut the flower and put it in a vase, you also add in sugar so that the flower still has something to feed on.
However, the drawback of using sugar on flower water is that the water will eventually turn cloudy and create a foul odor. This is because sugar also encourages the growth of bacteria. This is why if you intend to use sugar in flower water, you also need to put in a penny.
A copper penny is a cost-efficient way to increase the freshness of your cut flowers. This is because copper is a natural fungicide that eliminates fungus and bacterias that grows within your vase and your flower’s stem.
Combining the tricks of putting sugar in the flower water and putting a copper coin in the vase is the perfect and most affordable way of prolonging the freshness of your flowers. This is because the copper counteracts the drawback of sugar in water flowers. It kills the bacteria and fungi that makes it cloudy and foul-smelling.
Here are the steps on how to use sugar and copper penny in extending the lifetime of your flowers;
- Prepare freshly cut flowers and a deep vase that will cover 3-7 inches of the flower stem.
- Measure 3 tablespoons of sugar for every liter of water that you will be using in the vase.
- Mix the sugar into the water thoroughly and submerge the freshly cut flowers.
- Drop a copper penny at the bottom of the vase and let it sit there with the sugar flower water.
When using sugar and copper penny to extend the freshness of your flowers, it is vital to make it a practice to cut off ½ to 1 inch of the stem every couple of days. This will help keep the flower absorbent to the nutrient of the sugar. Also, if you do notice that the water has turned cloudy or starts smelling bad, replace the water immediately.
You do not have to spend a lot or use harsh chemicals to keep your flower fresh for a more extended period. All you need to have is sugar and penny, and you are good to go. These can be easily found in regular households, so it is very accessible.