We've all heard a friend or family member say "I've heard that if you stick them in this, then they will last twice as long" or, "My Nan used to put hers in this".

So, I thought I would set out and put these cut flower myths to bed and find out the actual truth and to discover the best way to care for cut flowers at home.

There are so many different ideas flying around that I simply couldn't test ALL of them so I took a little selection which were;
  • Plain fresh water
  • Flower food
  • Bleach
  • Vodka
  • Sugar
The theory behind all these ideas is to eliminate or reduce the bacteria growth because this is what makes the flowers wilt and die. The bleach is meant to 'cleanse' the water, the sugar is meant to 'dissolve' the bacteria along with the vodka, the flower food is also meant to eliminate the bacteria growth whilst the fresh water gets changed, therefore stopping any bacterial growth within the vase.

Anyway, here are my results!


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Group shot - Day 1
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Group shot - Day 3
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Bleach | Flower Food | Plain Water - Day 3
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Sugar | Vodka - Day 3
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Bleach | Flower Food | Plain Water - Day 6
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Sugar | Vodka - Day 6
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Group shot - Day 9
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Bleach | Flower Food | Plain Water - Day 9
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Sugar | Vodka - Day 9
So, I'll let you be the judge yourself but I think it's obvious which works and which doesn't! When looking after your cut flowers, don't do anything bizarre with them, OK?!