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Garden Trivia

True or False? Adding a little bit of bleach to the water in a vase of cut flowers helps the flowers live longer.

Read on to see the answer!
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Garden Trivia Answer

False. The only thing that has been shown to effectively prolong flowers in a vase is a commercial floral preservative. If you don’t have that, use clear water. Home concoctions to prolong vase life, such as aspirin, bleach, lemon-lime soda, pennies, or vinegar, do not work as well as a floral preservative; some may even shorten the vase life of your flowers. Learn more about caring for cut flowers here.
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