How To Use Vodka To Spruce Up Your Dinner Table’s Floral Decor

How To Use Vodka To Spruce Up Your Dinner Table's Floral Decor

Cut flowers have a short lifespan due to their inability to absorb water and nutrients effectively, resulting in wilting petals, droopy leaves, and dry stems. However, there is a simple way to extend their lifespan by adding vodka to the water in the vase. Just add a spoonful of vodka into a vase of water and mix it well.

Once the vodka is well diluted, add trimmed flowers to the vase and enjoy their beauty for a longer period. However, it is important not to add too much vodka as it may harm the flowers. So, next time you want to keep your floral arrangements fresh for longer, try this simple floral vodka hack.

The science behind adding vodka to flower vases

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In comparison to stems placed in plain water, those kept in a vodka-laced vase tend to long just a bit longer. One reason why this is the case is that the alcohol in the vodka is able to keep bacteria and mold at bay, which can help maintain the flowers’ living conditions and extend their lifespan. But the reality is that spirits behave like a preservative. According to Scientific American, vodka can prevent the production of ethylene gas, which is emitted as a plant ripens and matures. By halting its production, this can slow the process of wilting.

Next question, is the hack suitable for any kind of flower? In theory, it should work with stunning single-stem holiday centerpieces and bountiful bouquets of any variety. Yet, as helpful as vodka can be to keep flowers perky, it’s not a catch-all cure. In conjunction with using the spirit, it’s still necessary to maintain an environment where flowers can thrive. For instance, placing blooms in a clean vase (and keeping it clean!) is just as important as frequently replenishing water and trimming stems. Arrangements should also be kept out of direct heat or light, and even far from other plants or fruits that produce ethylene. Despite that vodka might not be as effective as the silver thiosulfate used by some professional growers, adding a splash of the hard stuff to a vase definitely couldn’t hurt.

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.