How to Prevent Cut Flowers Becoming Smelly

Three Methods:Charcoal MethodFrequent Renewal of WaterRemove Vegetation That Sits in the Water



The water that cut flowers stand in can become quite smelly over time. There are several solutions to prevent this from happening.

Method 1
Charcoal Method

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    Add a small piece of charcoal to the water of the cut flowers.

Method 2
Frequent Renewal of Water

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    Change the water regularly. This removes the older water more prone to smelling and replenishes the flowers with fresh water.
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    Wash the vase with warm, soapy water before adding the new water.
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    Discard any dead flowers at the same time.

Method 3
Remove Vegetation That Sits in the Water

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    Remove the leaves that sit below water level from the stems. Any vegetation other than the stem that sits in the water will rot.

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors
  • Charcoal
  • Clean vase

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Categories: Housekeeping | Flower Arranging and Floral Art