Flowers and aspirin
By now, you most likely already know about a number of tips for making fresh flowers last longer. Extending their vase life will mean that you get the most out of your bouquet and value for money. While florists often add flower preserve to flower orders, flower enthusiasts swear by adding asprin to the vase water.
Bayer Health Care is one of the top asprin manufacturers in the world and, according to their product information, the most important ingredient in these pills is salicylic acid. This is the chemical that can actually help a plant’s defense system. When you put fresh flowers in water, there is microscopic bacteria that will multiply if left unchecked. The bacteria can cover the stem and multiply if you don’t make the vase water uninhabitable. If there is bacteria in the water which means that the stems will absorb bacteria too and this will obviously have a negative effect on the lifespan of your blooms. By adding asprin to your vase water, you will impede this growth of bacteria and get the most out of your bouquet.
Remember to always mix the right amount of water with your aspirin. If you add too much water, it can make the aspirin ineffective. On the other hand, adding too much aspirin can have a negative effect on your flowers. The less water in the vase, the less aspirin you need to add. Make sure that you dissolve the aspirin in some clean water before adding it to the vase. You can crush the tablet if you want it to dissolve faster. Remember to use the non-coated aspirin in vase water.
It’s also good to remember to change the water regularly and trim the flower stems when needed. Every time you change the water, you need to add more asprin and inspect your flowers to make sure that they are not deteriorating. As soon as the flowers to start to wilt, it’s best to remove them so that they don’t cause the other flowers to perish prematurely.
Many experts also agree that you can add aspirin to your potted plants. It is believed that they can help your plants build up a resistance to different diseases and insects. It can also help strengthen their leaves and stems. Half a tablet can be dissolved in water before adding it to the pot.