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SATURDAY SECRETS – Some useful household hints for keeping flowers fresh & blooming from a vintage book

Our ancestors knew how to keep flowers fresh. Here are a few good

  1. Cut flowers keep longer if place in leftover tea, weakened with water. This is also good for house plants.
  2. Short-stemmed flowers can be kept fresh by placing them in a bowl or vase of sand that is well moistened.
  3. A tablespoon of household bleach added to the water in a vase of zinnias will keep the stems from rotting and you will have fresh flowers longer.
  4. Put a teaspoon of sugar in vase of marigolds and it will help to eliminate the odor.
  5.  Cut flowers will keep longer and stay fresher if an aspirin is put in the water.
  6. To keep flowers fresh for cemetery. Mix wet sand in container and place flowers in it. Will keep them fresh for a week.
  7. To make geraniums bloom, use bloody chicken water.
  8. Insert a few rusty nails in the soil around your African violets. The blossoms will be larger, more profuse and will have a brighter color. Keep in north window and water from the bottom
  9. Rose bush slips will take root if you stick the stem in a white potato.
  10. Did you know that if you pour 2 tablespoons of castor oil around the roots of your Christmas cactus it October it will bloom in December?

More vintage household tips can be found in:

VINEGAR OF THE FOUR THIEVES: Recipes & curious tips from the past

VINEGAR OF THE FOUR THIEVES: Recipes & curious tips from the past (Kindle Edition)

By (author):  Causey, Donna R

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About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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