DIY Cut Flower Food

As some of you are aware, I was lucky enough to get no-occasion flowers from my boyfriend a couple of weeks ago.  From the Farmers market haul and blog post I did last week, I was able to then pick up another fall bouquet!  The results:  combining the yellows and greens from the earlier bouquet my boyfriend bought img_2057

with the NEW bouquet from the farmers market:img_2085



I was able to get a steal of a deal with the farmers market bouquet being either $3.95 or $4.95 (can’t remember)!   There was enough that it could be separated into 3 full or 4 semi-full bouquets!  That’s about $1 per bouquet.  I like to separate them out when I get them into “skinnier-necked” vases so that I have more to place around my house.  Take a look at my good friend’s blog for the creative ways she separates her flowers around her house – so adorable, and not to mention versatile, no matter your decor.

Store-bought or fresh-cut flowers tend to die pretty darn quickly, and if they do come with the flower food packet, it doesn’t stretch far enough for the life of the flowers.  TIP: If you are able to get the flower food packet, DO NOT use it all in one watering!  Cut flowers require the water to be changed every 2-3 days, so you should use some of the flower packet food every time you change the water.

IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS IN LIFE. img_2086 I like to have monthly house flowers if possible.  One of those ways that make it possible, is my homemade plant food recipe that keeps one bouquet lasting 3 weeks to a month.   This was how I was able to take the old flowers from my boyfriend’s bouquet from two+ weeks ago and incorporate it into my new farmers market bouquet. Before getting to the recipe, the first few things that are a must is to cut all of the stems of each flower at an angle.  Make sure you get a clean cut, and you should probably also sanitize your sheers with rubbing alcohol (I admit, I sometimes do this and sometimes don’t). Every time you change the water, you should also re-cut more off of the stem again at a new angle.  It seems like a lot of work, and it seems like you’re wasting the majority of the flower, but I promise you it will be worth it for how long you can make your store-bought or fresh-cut flowers last.  The other tip  is to remove all leaves from the bottom portion of the flower so that they don’t sit in the water, which will create mold.  Lastly, it also helps to keep them out of direct sunlight.


Per 1 quart of water.  I prefer to use lukewarm water.

  1. Combine 2 tablespoons of lemon juice (to balance PH levels)
  2. with 1 tablespoon of sugar (to feed the flower)
  3. with 1/2 teaspoon of bleach (to keep the water clean & bacteria-free)

If all else fails or you’re not using an entire quart of water, I actually eyeball this recipe A LOT, and it works out just fine.  If you eyeball it, just remember that bleach is used as little as possible so you don’t kill the flower, but instead, want to keep the water clean and clear.  I created a homemade recipe to stop algae in my outdoor water fountain last summer, and that requires bleach with hydrogen peroxide, so I’m going to say it would be okay to see if hydrogen peroxide will work in place of bleach here, if you don’t have bleach on hand or don’t like to keep this ingredient in your household.


Try some of these tips and let me know how long you can get your flowers to last!  If you have any recipes you’d like to share, please comment below!  Happy Fall Ya’ll.

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