Gardening 101: How to Take Care of Flowers in Your Home

by Robert Canning on December 03, 2021

Giving someone a fresh bouquet of flowers is a way of showing affection. When you’re buying flowers to give to someone you care about, you want them to look good for a long time. Luckily, with a few tricks up your sleeve, you can keep your gorgeous flowers looking good for as long as possible.

Whenever you purchase a bouquet of flowers in the UK, you’re receiving farm-fresh flowers grown well and cut to last. However, many buyers still want to prolong the flowers' lives. If you wish to have long-lasting flowers, you’ll still need to put in a lot of work because different flowers must be cared for in different ways.

In this article, we’ll guide you through taking care of your flowers at home. Read on below to get started.

Use a Clean Vase

Vases can harbour bacteria and fungi that can cause the flowers to wilt when brought into your home quickly. Therefore, it's a good idea to frequently clean vases and change the water you place flowers in. To remove harmful bacteria from your vase, there are many products you can use. Using bleach is one of the best methods since it can kill nearly all of the harmful bacteria. An alternative is using a mixture of one teaspoon of bleach with a half-gallon of water.

In addition to getting the right vase for your flowers, it's also vital to select the proper flower for the vase. The most important thing to remember is that a flower's size needs to be consistent with the size of the vase you are using.

Give the Flowers a Cut 

You must use a clean and sharp pair of scissors to cut each flower stem at a 45° angle as soon as you can. This is a must because it will allow your flowers to take in as much water as possible.

Water for Your Flowers

Water-related mistakes are one of the most common mistakes that people make when caring for flowers. In general, freshwater must be used. Regular tap water can also be used, but you should change the water regularly to help avoid the growth of bacteria.

How much water you put in your vase is also essential. The ideal amount of water is to fill the vase halfway with it. You should not let the water reach the very top of your vase because this can cause mildew and mould to form. Fill it three-quarters of the way with water because this will ensure that the vase is full enough for the bouquet to fit and not so full that the bouquet submerges any of its leaves. If there are any leaves underwater, you must remove them.

Feeding Flowers

To preserve your flowers, you’ll need flower food. They’re usually bought in packs and contain ingredients that are vital to the growth of your flowers.

The ingredients of flower food are:

  • Citric acid - lowers water pH levels, allowing it to move throughout the flower better.
  • Bleach - kills bacteria and fungi that can harm your flower.
  • Sugar - provides your cut flowers with food.

It’s worth noting that you shouldn’t use up your flower food in one go. At best, it’s recommended that you use flower food every time you change the water. If you run out or misplace your flower food packet, you can try adding a teaspoon of sugar, a teaspoon of vinegar, and a few drops of bleach as an alternative.

Protect Your Flowers from Sunlight and Heat

It’s common knowledge that flowers need sunlight to grow. However, the situation changes once they’re cut. Sunlight and heat causes cut flowers to mature faster, therefore killing them. The easiest way to take care of cut flowers is to keep them out of light sources and your HVAC vents at home.


Flowers add beauty to any home, especially if it’s given to you by someone special. The above information is your definitive guide to preserving the lifespan of cut flowers, so be sure to keep them in your mind.

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