Making Flowers Last

Updated: Jan 17, 2019

Have you ever received a bouquet and put it on your countertop only to have it last three days. The roses have wilted, the greenery is shriveled up, and the water smells rancid. So how do you take care of your flowers so that they last?

Give the stems a fresh cut!

Flowers are often transported out of the water and can create an air bubble in the stem that blocks water from reaching the petals. The best way to help your flowers is by cutting off an inch of the stem at a 45-degree angle. A few days after delivery you should cut them again.

Change the Water

If you change the water every day it will help the stems to keep from rotting. Grab the arrangement at the base of the flowers and hold it while you rinse out the vase and refill it with water.

Flower Food

Normally your arrangement will come with a little package of flower food. If your flowers were delivered in a vase, they will already it. Flower food is normally composed of two things: a mild bleach (too keep mold away) and sugar (too feed the flowers). You can make this yourself by dissolving a teaspoon of bleach and a teaspoon of white sugar in a gallon of water. When you change the water you can also change the flower food!


Floral shops normally keep their flowers in a cooler. The reasoning for this is that flowers open quickly in warmer temperatures and last longer when it's colder. Mold also grows faster in the heat. Keep your flowers away from fireplaces and drafty windows!


  1. Cut your stems

  2. Change the water

  3. Flower food

  4. Pay attention to temperature

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