Fresh Flower Mistakes You Need to Stay Away From

by Robert Canning on December 03, 2021

Fresh cut flowers are amazing, beautiful to look at, brighten up any room and are convenient, among other things. That said, plenty of people are under the mistaken impression that it's just a matter of putting them in a vase filled with fresh water. That is absolutely not the case, especially if you want their shelf life to last.

Here are some fresh flower blunders that you really need to stay away from:

THE BLUNDER: Forgetting to Switch Out the Vase’s Water

While fresh cut flowers won't die solely from being left in the same water, their lifespan will decline faster. A good rule of thumb is to replace the vase water every other day.

THE BLUNDER: Having A Dirty Flower Vase

Flowers grow out of the ground, so dirt is natural. However, when it comes to fresh cut flowers in a vase, it's crucial not to have organic remnants from old flowers. Unfortunately, mold or bacteria will be able to thrive in a dirty vase with remnants like that. 

A thorough rinse should do the trick for most vases without a further need for soap and warm water.

THE BLUNDER: Leading the Flowers to Freeze

Picking an area or a room in to put flowers in should take the air into account. If it's too cold (or hot), the fresh cut flowers will wilt much faster. However, when it comes to the likes of Birds of Paradise or orchids, a steamy room is just fine. Tulips and other bulb flowers, on the other hand, like cold water.

Room temperature water is ideal for most flowers.

THE BLUNDER: Leaving Flowers Hungry

Do you know that fresh cut flowers eat? There's actually such a thing as cut flower food. Fresh flowers usually come with two packets of food, if not one at the very least. These usually have citric acid (for the water's pH levels to decrease), bleach or the like for bacteria eradication and sugar meant for sustenance.

Running out of cut flower food shouldn't be an issue. A great way to create a batch at home is a combination of the following:

  • Bleach
  • Lemon or lime juice
  • Sugar

The latter two ingredients can easily be found combined in a lemon-lime soda, such as 7-Up or Sprite. 

THE BLUNDER: Not Re-Cutting Stems before Putting Them in the Vase

When your beautiful bouquet arrives, you may notice that the stems are cut at different lengths. The stems we use are not pre-cut at the farms we work with. We want you to control the look of your flower bouquet by cutting it to your desired shape, length, and style. To get the look you want before putting them in the vase, simply re-cut the stems to your desired length before placing them in the water. 


Fresh cut flowers are great for any occasion or even just home decor, no matter the ocassion. There's more to them than just putting them in a water-filled vase, however. Typical errors to avoid include not re-cutting stems before they go in the vase, having a dirty flower vase and forgetting to switch out vase water.

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