Which Flowers Have the Longest Shelf Lives

by Robert Canning on February 11, 2022

A fresh bouquet of flowers is the perfect way to brighten up your home and a gift sure to make someone's day. When choosing an arrangement, you'll naturally consider things like the flowers' colour and variety to find something that suits the occasion. However, one other thing to consider is the flower's vase life. 

If you want to ensure your bought flowers last for longer, be sure to choose one of the following:

1. Lilies

Naturally, lilies last longer than any other type of flower and have a very long vase life, which means they will stay fresh for longer than most other flowers. They are a classic choice for any occasion and are readily available from most florists. You can choose from a variety of colours, such as white, pink, yellow, and orange, as well as from a selection such as Callas, daylilies and Japanese lilies if you're looking for a long-lasting bouquet.

2. Orchids

These flowers are perfect for occasions where you want to give a more exotic and unique gift. They are available in various colours and have a long vase life. Choosing the suitable orchid for the right occasion is essential, as orchids come in multiple sizes and colours. For example, white orchids are the classic choice for a wedding or anniversary, while a mix of pink orchids is perfect for a present to say thank you or a special birthday.

3. Carnations

As a classic gift that is inexpensive and readily available, carnations are a great way to brighten up someone's day. Carnations come in various colours and last for about a week before wilting. To make sure your carnations last longer, consider buying a vase of water to go with them, or even a flower food to keep them fresh. They are a popular choice for birthdays and anniversaries, as well as for a present to say thank you.

4. Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas have become a popular choice at weddings and have become a favourite of florists the world over. They are available in a vast range of colours and have a long vase life. Hydrangeas can be bought either as single blooms or as a bouquet, and there is a range of slightly more unusual flowers can be added to a hydrangea bouquet, such as ferns, eucalyptus or willow.

5. Chrysanthemums

This flower is perfect for autumn and is an excellent alternative to the typical summer bouquet. They last for much longer than most other flowers and come in a variety of colours and sizes. A perfect mix of colour and elegance, these flowers will brighten up any occasion. They are an excellent choice for an event such as a birthday or anniversary, as they last for a long time and can be bought in a vast range of colours.

6. Gerbera Daisies

As gerberas are a less expensive purchase than many other flowers, they are a popular choice for those on a budget. They last for about a week and come in a vast range of colours. They are perfect for any occasion and can be bought in various sizes and colours.


As you can see, there are many options for choosing the perfect bouquet for any occasion. Be sure to consider the type of occasion and what you're buying the flowers for to ensure you get something that will last for longer.

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