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We love self-gifting ourselves beautiful (and local!) blooms.

But, we hate to see them start to wilt way too soon. Recently, Anna discovered a secret to keeping her hydrangeas healthy (hint: boiling water), and it inspired us to seek out some more secrets to keeping our flowers fresh.

The best part? You already have all of these at-home hacks in your pantry.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Try mixing 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and 2 tablespoons of sugar into the water in the vase before adding the flowers. Then, add change up the water (with fresh apple cider vinegar and sugar) every few days to enhance the longevity of your flowers.

By the bloom:

Tulips will grow a few inches after they’re cut, and they’ll continue to grow towards the closest light source.


To keep your blooms fresh, you have to keep bacteria at bay. Simply add a few drops of vodka, or another clear spirit, to the vase water for a little bit of antibacterial action. Then, add 1 teaspoon of sugar. Change the water-alcohol-sugar mixture every other day.

By the bloom:

Hyacinths will last longer if they’re left on the bulb, so avoid cutting them down off of the bulb.


This one isn’t just an old wives tale. When you add the penny (with a cube of sugar) to the vase of water, the copper acts as an acidifier, which prevents the growth of bacteria.

By the bloom:

Daffodils shouldn’t be put in a vase with other flowers. (They secrete a substance that will actually kill the other flowers.)


We want to know: What are your secrets to keeping your flowers fresh and beautiful? Share with us on social @casadesuna.

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