How to Preserve Cut Flowers with Aspirin

Nothing brings life to a home like the scent of freshly cut flowers. Unfortunately many flowers wither and die within days when displayed in the home in vase. Use plain aspirin and a copper penny to extend the life of fresh cut flowers in your home.

Things You'll Need

  • Aspirin
  • Copper penny
  • Knife

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Dissolve an aspirin in 1/4 cup warm water. Once the aspirin is fully dissolved, stir to mix. Add the aspirin and water to a vase that has been filled with plain water. The aspirin creates a more acidic environment for cut flowers.

Drop an ordinary copper penny into the vase. The penny acts as a fungicide to prevent fungus growth on plants stems.

Using a clean sharp knife, cut the flower stems on a diagonal. This exposes more surface to the water and aids in water absorption.

Remove any leaves that will fall below the surface of the water.

When flowers begin to fade or wilt, remove them from the vase and change the water. Re-cut the stems to provide a clean cut.

Tips & Warnings

  • Cutting stems while underwater will prevent them from getting air bubble blocks that will cause them to wilt or die.
  • Although a penny minted after 1982 may provide some benefit from its copper coating, older coins contain a much higher percentage of copper. To reap the beneficial action of copper, it is best to use a penny that was minted before 1982.
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