Do Roses Last Longer in Sugar or Aspirin?


Roses are one of the most preferred cut flowers to display in a vase. Normally, cut roses will remain fresh for up to 5 days. Sugar, but not necessarily aspirin, may help extend the life of fresh cut roses.

Adding Sugar

  • Adding a couple of teaspoons to the water in a vase of roses can help them remain fresh longer. The carbohydrates in the sugar feed the stems to encourage flowers to stay healthy looking for longer periods of time. This can help roses stay fresh for 2 to 3 more days.

Adding Aspirin

  • For many years, adding 1 uncoated aspirin to the vase water of roses was believed to help keep them looking fresh longer. However, now it is not as commonly done and this practice is considered to actually be an old wive's tale.

Which Works Better?

  • These days, it is believed that aspirin has little to no effect at all on how long cut roses stay fresh. However, florists still recommend adding sugar to fresh vase water that is changed every couple of days to extend the freshness of cut roses.


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