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No, most plants can be damaged or killed by salt.

To keep cut flowers fresh longer, you can try several things with household products such as:

* Put two teaspoons of sugar and 3 drops of chlorine bleach per quart of cool water to use in the cut flower vase. * Use the bleach only, in same proportions with cool water. * Mix 7-up (or Sprite or similar clear carbonated drink) in the water; about 1/8 cup per quart of water. * Drop an aspirin along with two teaspoons of sugar in a quart of water. The purpose of these additives to the water is to provide some 'food' for the flowers (sugar or soft drink sugars--use regular and not Diet Soda) and something to inhibit bacterial growth (bleach or acids such as provided by the aspirin and the carbonated drinks.)

Other important (perhaps more important than additives) steps to take include keeping the water fresh by changing it daily. keep the flowers out of direct sun and in a cooler part of the room.

Before arranging the flowers, cut off any leaves that will be below the level of the water in the vase, leaves or other debris in the water will hasten the degradation of the water (rot, decomposition) and allow bacteria to grow and in turn cause the flower stems to begin to degrade and not be able to "absorb" water any more. Also keep only as many leaves as needed for a nice arrangement attached to the flowers, extra greenery left on the stems will rob the flowers of water and nutrients and make them wilt sooner.

To prepare the stems for arranging, cut the ends at an angle so they do not rest flat on the bottom of the vase. Angled ends allow better transfer of the water up the stems. Use a very clean and sharp knife to make a clean cut diagonally across the ends. Ideal is to cut the stems under water to keep the saps from thickening and clogging the water transfer up the stems, and to prevent a bolus of air from entering the ends affecting the capillary action. If unable to cut the stems under water, as soon as the ends are cut, immediately put them in water, do not delay that process.

Recut the stem ends each day when changing the water to keep the ends open and not 'sealed'.

If the flowers have a woody consistency to the stems such as roses, pussy willow, and forsythia, the capillary action will be improved if you gently smash the very tip ends to open them into shredded fibers. I whack them with the clean bottom of a saucepan or use the flat side of a kitchen meat tenderizing "hammer".

There are also some flowers that don't do well sharing vases with other flowers. For example, tulips and some other flowers from bulbs can ooze saps that damage other flower stems, they are best displayed in their own vase. Sunflowers can also create this kind of problem with other flowers.

Finally, to repeat, change the water daily and even if that is the only thing you do, you should see a noticeable increase in the life of the cut flowers.

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How does salt mixed with water effect a freshly cut flower?

When salt is mixed with water, it will prolong the life of a freshly cut flower. The salt helps kill bacteria, encourages intake of water and even feeds the flower.

Can you use vinegar to prolong the life of a flower?

Yes, vinegar can be used to prolong the life of a cut flower. Sugar, copper pennies, and aspirin can also be added to the water to help prolong the life of a cut flower. Sugar is the best treatment.

Could Salt prolong the life of cut flowers?

No, in fact, it may shorten it. For the longest life, keep in water or hang upside down. salt absorbs water or moisture from the flower that's why the flower will not last that long.

Does chlorine bleach prolong the life of a cut flower?

Yes and no. Chlorine bleach indirectly prolongs the life by preventing bacteria from developing in the water. It's the bacteria that shortens the life of the cut flower.

Why does sugar prolong the life of daffodils?

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Do flower preservatives prolong the life of flowers?

Yes, cut flowers will generally last a few days longer.

Is there household products to prolong the life of a flower?

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How can you preserve a flower in salt water?

Salt has antibacterial properties. Salt is often added to cut flowers in a vase to prolong their lives. The proper amount of salt to water is one tablespoon of salt to one gallon of water.

Does sugar prolong a life of a cut flower?

yes in fact it does because it gives it nutrients for the growth and roots. Another is lemon juice.

Does sugar prolong the life of the cut flowers?

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