Homemade Flower Food for Cut Roses?

mbuckmaster(7B/NC)June 20, 2009

I did a search on this, but didn't come up with anything specifically for roses (although I'm sure I just probably missed it!).

Does anyone have a great "recipe" for homemade flower food to include in vases for cut roses? I've read general flower food recipes to add some lemon juice, bleach, 7-Up, or vinegar in different proportions, and have had mixed results. Has anyone had good success with their own additives to vase water? Thanks in advance for the help!

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petaloid(SoCal 10a/24)

If I put a teensy drop of bleach and a dash of 7-Up in the water, that works pretty well.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2009 at 10:40AM
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sunnishine

I found one I have been using. In 2 quarts warm water dissolve 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1 teaspoon bleach. It works pretty well.

I also found these for you

* Add one part lemon-lime soda (not diet) to 3 parts water. Then to each quart of this solution, add 1/4 teaspoon bleach. Thereafter, add 1/4 teaspoon bleach after each 4 days of use.
* To 1 quart water add 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, 1 tablespoon sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon bleach.
* Add 2 ounces Listerine mouthwash per gallon of water. Listerine contains sucrose (food) and a bactericide. Listerine is acidic and is said help water move up the cut stem.

Cut Flower Preservative Recipe #1

* 2 cups lemon-lime carbonated beverage (e.g., Sprite or 7-UpÂ)
* 1/2 teaspoon household chlorine bleach
* 2 cups warm water

Cut Flower Preservative Recipe #2

* 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
* 1 tablespoon sugar
* 1/2 teaspoon household chlorine bleach
* 1 quart warm water

Cut Flower Preservative Recipe #3

* 2 tablespoons white vinegar
* 2 tablespoons sugar
* 1/2 teaspoon household chlorine bleach
* 1 quart warm water

I haven't tried any of these though.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2009 at 11:16AM
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diane_nj 6b/7a

I haven't needed to use bleach with the lemon-lime soda, the citric acid keeps the water clean enough. Bleach & sugar, yes.

Also, make sure to remove any leaves that would be below the water line in the vase. Leaves decompose quickly and the bacteria makes the water dirty.

Change the water in the vase every 3 days or so, and reclip the ends of the stems under water before putting the stems in the new water.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2009 at 5:20PM
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jerijen(Zone 10)

An article I read some while ago recommended a dash of gin.

I've not tried it, because I loathe gin, and so don't have any.
But Diane's other suggestions are probably half the battle.

Also -- some roses have better vase life than others.

Jeri

    Bookmark   June 20, 2009 at 7:30PM
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mbuckmaster(7B/NC)

Thanks for the great tips!

    Bookmark   June 23, 2009 at 9:25AM
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