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There are many tricks for keeping flowers perky and alive. I’ve tested all of them–from flower food and a penny coin to aspirin and Viagra. Yes, you heard me right! That little blue pill has been shown to perk up flowers and was the clear winner in all my tests. Keep reading to find out the science behind why this viagra flowers hack works and how to DIY flower food if you don’t have any meds.

And I know many of you may be wondering–Nicole, you’re 36. How do you have Viagra? Well, I used to work in PR and marketing in the healthcare sector, and I have a pharma rep friend who helps me get some.

❤️ Why You’ll Love This Viagra Flowers Hack

  • It works! This 1999 study has all the details, but it’s always been successful when I’ve tested it at home.
  • Longer-Lasting Blooms: The study says flowers will last for up to a week longer than normal, but I’ve gotten my flowers to last for up to a month total. 
  • Enhances Water Uptake: Viagra relaxes flower stems’ vessels, allowing water to better penetrate the stems and stay hydrated.

💐 Ingredients 

  • Viagra: You can get four uses out of one pill. 
  • Water: Fill the vase up about halfway with water.
  • Vase: Choose your favorite vase for your spring blooms.
  • Flowers: This Viagra flower trick works best for flowers with hollow stems, such as tulips, gerbera daisies, dahlias, and amaryllis. However, you can also try it with other flowers. 

🥣 How to Make 

Sprinkle a quarter of a Viagra pill in your vase water to keep your blooms standing tall for up to a month. It’s all about giving those stems the support they need to stay lively!

🪄 Tips and Tricks

  • How to Cut Flower Stems: Cut the stems underwater to help the flowers live longer. My video explains why this technique works.
  • Refill: Every two to three days, add fresh water on top. If the water is looking gross, pour it out and add more water and Viagra. 

🗒 Substitutions 

No Viagra on hand? No worries! Mix up a batch of DIY flower food. It’s like a health tonic for your plants, ensuring they stay fresh and fabulous without any harsh stuff.

  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 quart of water

Mix the apple cider vinegar and water in a vase and dissolve the sugar in the mixture. 

🤔 Common Questions

What pill makes flowers last longer?

When dissolved in water, Viagra can make cut flowers in a vase last longer and keep them from going limp.

Does Viagra work for flowers?

In 1999, researchers found that just one milligram of Viagra can extend the life of cut flowers by a week and prevent them from wilting. The science behind it is that “Viagra increases the vase life of flowers by retarding the breakdown of cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP).”

Hollow stems in flowers like tulips and gerbera daisies stop siphoning water. Since Viagra is a vasodilator–meaning it dilates blood vessels–it keeps their vessels open, and the flowers keep taking in water, making them stand up straight and last longer!

Viagra Flower Hack

Viagra has been shown to perk up flowers and was the clear winner when I tested the best methods for keeping them alive for longer. But no worries if you don't have Viagra! I also have a recipe for homemade flower food.

Equipment

  • Vase

Ingredients 

Viagra Flowers

  • ¼ Viagra pill
  • Water

Homemade Plant Food

  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 quart water

Instructions 

Viagra Flowers

  • Dissolve ¼ of a Viagra pill in a vase full of water and add your flowers.
  • Every 2 to 3 days, add more water. If the water is dirty, pour it out and refill the vase with more water and Viagra.

Homemade Plant Food

  • Mix the apple cider vinegar and water in a vase and dissolve the sugar in the mixture.
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About Nicole Jaques

I’m a wife, mom of two, home cook, and avid entertainer. I have developed my own DIY cleaners that are low tox and take pride in having a home that is clean and organized. However, I am human! I like to see dirt under my nails from my garden and my children’s handprints on my windows, and I’m one of the messiest cooks you’ll ever meet!

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