Surprisingly, adding cut up lemons (among other household items) will lengthen the life of your fresh flora.
- Start off by cutting the stems of your flowers with a knife instead of scissors, which will allow proper water intake.
- Add lukewarm water for cut flowers, dissolved aspirin, sugar and 1/4 of bleach per quart to your water. These ingredients are optional, but will truly help keep your flowers fresh for longer. That's because this combination, commonly found in plant food, acts like a support system for the cut flower, which needs a food and acid. The dissolved aspirin supplies acid thus allowing water to move up the stem more easily, the sugar acts like food for the flower, while the bleach helps keep the water clear.
- Cut up lemons into circles and stack them alongside the pitcher or vase, making sure to squeeze some of the juice into the water.
- Keep the flowers away from direct sunlight.
- Change water every two days.