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Everything You Need to Know About Flower Food—Including How to Make Your Own

Everything You Need to Know About Flower Food—Including How to Make Your Own

Whether you’re unwrapping a beautiful bouquet of flowers purchased from a florist or an arrangement shipped to your door, you’re likely to find a small packet of white powder food tucked inside. Don’t toss it aside—your blooms rely on this food to thrive and remain healthy.

“[Flower food] really does prolong the life of your flowers,” says Emily Pinon, the creative director of New York City-based florist Ode à la Rose. Its myriad benefits include stimulating the opening of closed buds as well as preventing bacteria and fungi growth. “People often don’t realize what a significant difference it will make in extending vase life,” she says.

Ahead, floral experts help us understand the ingredients in this precious powder—and share a few ways to make your own at home and keep your bouquet blooming even after the packet is empty.

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