More than 35,000 orchid species exist and these delicate flowers are recognized as a symbol of beauty and love. Whether you cut orchids from your own greenhouse or received them as a gift, keeping the attractive blooms looking their best requires a flower preservative. By making one of these homemade preservatives you can help the blooms retain their fresh look and fragrance longer.

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Orchid have exotic-looking blooms available in many colors.

Bleach Mixture

Step 1

Wash a vase with warm, soapy water to ensure it is clean and contains no bacteria.

Step 2

Cut the orchid stem on a diagonal with pruning shears or a sharp knife. Don't use scissors as they can crush the stem and affect the flower's water intake.

Step 3

Add 1 tsp. each of sugar and chlorine bleach to 1 qt. of lukewarm water in a 2-qt. pitcher. Squeeze a fresh lemon or lime and add 2 tsp. of the juice to the mixture.

Step 4

Fill the flower vase with enough of the preservative solution to cover half the stem lengths.

Step 5

Replenish the water level once it goes down. This helps keep the orchids looking their best.

Lemon-Lime Mixture

Step 1

Wash a flower vase thoroughly and dry it.

Step 2

Pour one can of lemon-lime carbonated beverage into a 2-qt. pitcher. Add 1 tbsp. of sugar, approximately seven or eight drops of hydrogen peroxide and 1 liter of lukewarm water into the pitcher.

Step 3

Cut the orchid stem on a diagonal and place it into the flower vase.

Step 4

Fill the vase with the preservative mixture until it is halfway up the orchid stems. Cover the container and reserve any remaining solution to refill the vase.

Step 5

Check the water level every couple of days and replenish it with the reserved preservative.