Fresh Cut Flower Preservative Mixture & Bouquet Tips

READY IN: 10mins
YIELD: 1 quart


  • 2
    tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1
    tablespoon sugar
  • 12
    teaspoon household chlorine bleach
  • 1
    quart water, warm water at 100-110 F is best


  • Measure, mix and use!
  • Tips:.
  • Outdoors: Harvest flowers when it's cool outside, in the early morning after the dew has dried.
  • Cut stems at an angle, remove all foliage that will be under the water, so it won't rot.
  • Place stems in a clean container of water, a bucket will do.
  • Indoors: Either in the bucket or fill the sink with water, cut 1" off the stems while under water (to keep air bubbles form blocking the stems).
  • Place stems in the prepared water the floral preservative.
  • Every few days replace the vase water and preservative and recut the stems under water.