5 Simple Ways To Make Fresh Flowers Last Longer

cut flowers

A couple of weeks ago, I visited florist Gillian Pollard at her Melbourne studio. Whilst she put together a couple of gorgeous bouquets for me (see the Easter bouquet tutorial here) she also shared some pro tips on how to care for cut flowers at home. I felt these were so useful they warranted their own post!

Here are 5 simple ways to make fresh flowers last longer:

♥ Use a sparkling clean vase

Clean your vase thoroughly with hot soapy water, making sure to rinse out all the soap before use.

If your vase has a little white film (mineral residue) left over from previous use then try this trick: fill your vase with warm water, add in a little white vinegar and baking soda and then leave to sit for a few minutes before rinsing it out with hot water. Denture tablets mixed in hot water are also said to work miracles on tough stains.

♥ Use fresh, clean water

Many people swear that adding things like bleach, aspirin or even sugar to the water can make flowers last longer but Gillian says these are all unnecessary additions. As long as you use clean water, follow the tips listed here, and change your water every 2 days then there is no need to add anything else to it.

♥ Remove any leaves that would be below water level once in the vase.

cleaning flower stems

This is a very important step as foliage/leaves left under water will rot and create bacteria. For the same reason, carefully remove any dirt from the stems with a clean tea towel before putting them in the water.

♥ Re-cut your flowers regularly

cutting fresh flowers

Most bouquets die early because their flowers are unable to draw enough water. Avoid this issue by first cutting at least 2cm off the stems and then re-cutting them every 2 days (at the same time as you change their water). Cut them using sharp scissors and at a 45 degree angle to maximize water absorption.

Certain flowers like tulips will continue to grow after you put them in a vase so don’t be surprised if you see your bouquet getting taller!

♥ Keep your flowers away from direct sunlight light, hot areas, drafts and fruit

Flowers like a nice, cool environment so keep your vases away from direct sunlight and from any hot areas in your house (i.e. near a heater). Also avoid having them near a fan or in a windy area as this might cause them to wilt.

Finally, it’s best to keep vases away from fruit as it releases ethylene gas which is harmful to flowers.

tulips and roses bouquet

I hope you found these tips useful. I’d love to know, do you have any tips to help flowers last longer?

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