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Florists warn against hack to put vinegar in the water for your blooms

Florists warn not to put vinegar in the water for your blooms

Experts say it’s best to avoid the vinegar (Picture: Getty)

Flowers are a lovely way to add some colour to your home – but they wilt quickly.

So it’s not surprising people are keen to find hacks to prolong the life of their bunches of blooms.

One recent hack that has spread online is to put vinegar in the water.

Home stylist Liz Amaya posted a video on Instagram saying she uses the stuff and thinks it keeps her flowers alive.

She mixes half a cup of vinegar to two cups of water, trims the flowers and then arranges them in a vase full of the mix.

But floristry experts disagree and told Metro.co.uk they don’t think it’s a good idea.

Dani, customer experience director at Bunches, says: ‘As florists we wouldn’t advise adding vinegar to the water as the acidity can damage your blooms.

‘However, keeping the vase clean and cutting the stems at an angle regularly, along with changing the water every two days and removing any leaves that fall below the water line will do the same job and keep your flowers looking fresh for longer.

‘Don’t forget to add in any flower food that came with your bouquet to keep your stems healthy – if you don’t have any flower food left then a pinch of sugar will help too! Remember to keep your blooms away from your fruit bowl and direct sunlight.’

Asta Foufas, Head of Product at Arena Flowers, urges people to step away from the condiment cupboard and think twice before jumping on board with this hack.

She says: ‘With so many different types of vinegar out there it would be very easy to get the mix wrong and instead of prolonging the lifespan of your blooms you could do the opposite.’

But Asta says there are some other products to try instead.

‘In my experience, the best and most trusted hacks are mixing 1 to 3 drops of bleach with one spoon full of sugar in one litre of lukewarm water or you could try 1/4 cup of soda in 1 litre of lukewarm water,’ she says.

‘Also you should never overlook the basics, which we always remind our customers to follow.

‘These include cutting all stems at an angle so they can absorb more water, ensure no foliage falls beneath the water line, keep water fresh by changing it frequently and think really carefully about where you position your flowers, they won’t thank you for positioning them in direct sunlight or a draft.’

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