4 Care Tips to Make Fresh-Cut Flowers Last Longer

by Robert Canning on November 12, 2021

Freshly cut flowers are a great gift or an ornamental piece you can put in your home. Whether there’s an occasion or not, it’s nice to see a couple of flowers or even an entire bouquet and display it as a centrepiece in your home. However, the sad truth is that flowers don’t exactly last forever. In fact, they tend to lose a lot of their charm in just a few days. On the flip side, however, there are certain techniques you can use to make your fresh-cut flowers last a little longer. The following are some flower care tips you can follow to make your flowers stay fresh for an extended period of time.

1. Cut the Stem

Whenever you receive flowers, one of the first things you should do is to cut the stems using a pair of garden shears. People tend to make the mistake of not doing this quite often, which only leads to the early demise of your flowers.

To avoid all that, you should get a pair of scissors and trim one or two inches off the stem, and you should cut it at an angle. This is particularly important as it allows for better water intake since they aren’t sitting flat on the bottom of a vase. Feel free to re-trim your bouquet once every few days to keep it fresh.

2. Prune

Pruning is done by removing any leaves below the waterline of the vase. It will not only make your bouquet look better but also prevent bacterial growth. For flowers with guard petals like roses, it’s also best to remove two or three of the outermost guard petals of the flower. This is a technique that allows the flower to open up fully. After that initial pruning, it’s good practice to check the flowers daily for any dead or loose leaves and petals. You should remove them and to avoid bacterial rot and preserve the look of your flowers.

3. Water Wisely

Flowers thrive when they’re given just the right amount of water. Without proper hydration, they can’t really last that long, especially once their stems have already been cut. To water your flowers, all you need to do is get a clean vase, fill it with room temperature water, and add in a flower food packet. Remember to maintain a good amount of the mix in the water and avoid diluting it too much or making it too concentrated. Flowers are pretty sensitive even when cut and placed in a vase, so don’t overfeed them. Cleaning your vase thoroughly and changing out the water mixture every two to three days is also advisable.

4. Avoid Direct Sunlight and Heat

Plants need sunlight and water to survive. Fresh-cut flowers, on the other hand, don’t need that much sunlight, but they do require proper hydration. So, it’s best to keep your flowers away from direct sunlight or near appliances that generate heat. Putting them in open windows or near heating and cooling vents isn’t a good idea as they will only dehydrate the flowers faster. As much as possible, keep them an area of their own away from all those things.

Finally, you shouldn’t place them near ripening fruits as it will only accelerate the decay of the flowers. Ripening fruits release tiny amounts of ethylene gas which can reduce the longevity of your flowers.


Anything that exudes beauty and grace requires the utmost care and attention. The same goes for flowers. They need to be well-hydrated and taken care of if you want them to last a little longer than they usually do. These tips should help you achieve just that and make your flowers look good even after a couple of days.

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