Cut Flower Food Recipes & Tips

Prep Time

5 min

Prep Notes

If you receive your bouquet in a box from a mail order company, keep the box cool until you can prepare the flowers. I really like the flowers you arrange yourself. Usually when we buy our flowers this way they are in really good shape and last a long time as well.

One of the first things you do when you get a bouquet home is to remove the rubber bands and trim the stems. Remove lower leaves and any dead leaves from the bottom of the stem to the water line of your vase so mold/fungi will not grow and infect the water and your flowers.

Lay a flower on a cutting board, with a sharp knife, cut the stems 1-2 inches from end of the stems at a slant, place the flower in water immediately. This opens the stem to receive the food and water. After a flower has been out of water for some time the stem seals shut, trimming the stem again will open it up again. Repeat with all your flowers.

Tip: Even if my flowers arrive in a vase of water I still take them out re-cut the stems and remove the water line and lower leaves.

Store bought bouquets usually come with a flower food packet attached to them. If you did not get one, here are some easy recipes to make your own.


DIY Cut Flower Food Recipes & Tips

Add one of these remedies in with the flower water.

  • Apple Cider Vinegar & Sugar~ Add a teaspoon of Apple cider vinegar and a teaspoon of regular sugar to the water. The vinegar kills the bacteria and fungi so your flowers will thrive.

  • Lemon Juice & Bleach~ A teaspoon of lemon juice, teaspoon of sugar and a teaspoon of bleach is an other solution to keep flowers healthy. Bleach may sound extreme but it kills bacteria and fungi as well.

  • Lemon Lime Soda~ One part Lemon-Lime Soda {Do not use Diet or other flavored sodas} to 3 parts water. The soda has the acid and sugar the flowers need to survive.

Change the water and food solution every 3-4 days or if the water starts looking cloudy. Throw out any dead or shedding flowers. Re-cut stems and add more of the food solution. If your fresh flowers came in floral foam make sure you keep the foam soaked with water and flower food.

Keep the flowers in a cool area, around 72 degrees. Keep away from heat sources and direct sunlight. Keep in mind most florists keep flowers refrigerated until they are delivered.  Flowers last longer under cooler conditions.


I hope this post will help you extend the life of your next bouquet!