Cutting & Watering Tips to Make Your Flowers Last Longer

by Robert Canning on May 28, 2021

You just celebrated your wedding anniversary, and your partner surprised you with a bouquet of fresh and colourful flowers––congratulations! Apart from keeping your relationship alive, you also want to keep your flowers’ vibrancy for as long as possible. But how are you going to do that? 

Anyone who doesn’t like being gifted will still appreciate receiving flowers because there is just something with the beauty and colours of flowers that is mesmerising. When someone gives us flowers, the first thing that comes to mind is where we will place them to appreciate them and keep them longer.  

In this article, we will share some tips on how you can keep that gift of love longer:

Where to Place Your Flowers

We used to give happy anniversary flowers or get well soon roses until floral shops started selling them in different colours with different meanings associated with them. Over time, bouquets were no longer limited to roses, as people also explored giving away various types of flowers.

Typically, the flowers will automatically go to the vase. You can put them together in a vase so that you won’t undo the flower arrangement or distribute them in different places inside the house. You can even let the florist decide which flower will add life to a particular room. But if you want to preserve its life a little longer, you have to consider that different flowers require different types of care and attention. 

As much as possible, you will want to imitate the natural environment of a cut flower. For this reason, in choosing a place, be sure to find a cool and ventilated area. And although the flowers need sun too, do not put them in a place that exposes them to direct sunlight. 

How to Trim the Stems

Upon receiving the flowers, the first thing you need to do is to condition them into their new environment. Trimming is essential so that the flowers will survive for a few more days. 

Take the flowers out of the bouquet and give each stem a trim. You may use scissors for soft stems and clippers or shears for the woody ones. Cut 2 cm off the end and do it at an angle, 45-degrees as much as possible. The cutting will avoid decayed ends to block the flower from absorbing water. On the other hand, the angled cut will allow the flowers to sip the water from the stems easily, and you should repeat this process every two days. 

Water the Flowers

As mentioned earlier, different flowers need different nourishment. If you give tulips and lilies as birthday flowers for your mom, these are soft-stemmed flowers that get easily bruised, so they need extra carefulness. As for their hydration, put them in a vase half-filled with water and change it with clean water every two days. 

If you have woody-stemmed flowers in your bouquets, such as hydrangea, lilacs, or roses, you will need to supply them with more water than the soft-stemmed ones. Fill a vase of two-thirds of water and replace it every two days as well. 

Keep in mind that flowers also like a clean environment. If you place them in a vase, make sure you are changing the water consistently. Changing it every two days will also give you the time to check if there are leaves falling off the bottom. These may cause dirt buildup and block the stems from drinking. Likewise, make sure to clean the vase aside from just replacing the water. 


You may have been taught as a child not to pick flowers, especially in private areas. But if they are gifted to you for special occasions, you are not just given a gift but also a responsibility to keep the lives of these beautiful flowers longer as they deserve. By following the tips we’ve shared above, you’ll be able to preserve the life of the flowers so that they add to your home’s indoor appeal!

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