Tuesday, July 2, 2013

DIY Flower Food

This is going to be a sleepy blogging week--my little brother is coming into town and my husband and I can't wait to soak up the family time with him this week. I thought I would pop in today, though, with a quick DIY recipe I found for homemade flower food. It's summertime, which means visitors, and I always like to have a vase of fresh flowers in my house when family and friends are around. They're pretty and I think flowers make a home feel fresh and welcoming. Whether you're buying freshly cut wildflowers from the farmer's market, or inexpensive and colorful supermarket stems (both of which typically don't come with flower food packets), this DIY blend will preserve your flowers and stave off wilting.

It's a simple as this:

2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons white vinegar
(per quart of water)

For a smaller vase, you could of course just halve the recipe. Mix the sugar and vinegar together and add it to the vase of water. And watch your flowers stay fresh and beautiful and happy!

Would you try this?


  1. Good to know! Do you think this would work to preserve blooms after the flower food they came with was gone?

  2. Good question! I imagine it would. Obviously flowers can't last forever, but I do think that if you refresh the initial water after a few days and add some of this to the new water, it would surely help keep them looking good longer! Let me know if you try it :)

  3. OMG! Know what? This was actually my science project when I was a little kid! I forgot all about this little trick.

  4. Oooh, cool! I will definitely try this out soon. I've been picking up the prettiest flowers from our farmers market and am trying to keep them alive in this crazy humidity.

  5. Sarah, I know, I have the same problem! Let me know how it works for you.

  6. PERFECT!!! I was just about to Google DIY flower food (back in the day my mom used to crush up Aspirin and drop it in the water), so I'm glad I found this post. Yes, I plan to try this. I have some fresh flowers and I'd like to make them last a bit longer on my bedside table. Thank you~!


  7. ooh I hadn't heard this! someone also told me that putting a penny in the water helps the stems stay strong and upright.


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