The Definitive Guide to Taking Care of Flower Bouquets

by Robert Canning on December 03, 2021

A bouquet of flowers is always an excellent gift to give to your partner, parents, or any other loved one. With this in mind, you’ll want the flowers to last once you’ve given them to someone. You can instruct them how to do so, but not without knowing for yourself.

First and foremost, you’ll need to transfer the flowers to a vase. It's recommended that you keep a spray bottle next to the vase and mist the flower petals a few times every day. Not much water is needed because you only need just enough to keep the petals moist and fresh. If you don’t know how often you should mist the flowers, it’s recommended to spray water on them whenever you walk by. This is only one of many steps you'll need to take because there’s a lot more to it than that.

In this article, we’ll show you how to take care of your flower bouquets the right way. Read on below to learn more.

Storing Flower Bouquets Overnight

When you give someone a bouquet as a surprise gift, chances are the recipient may not have a vase at home. Luckily, the refrigerator offers a solution.

You need to set the refrigerator temperature to 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below. To prevent the bouquet from freezing, it should be stored in a three-quarter container filled with water. If you have any fruits in the fridge, you must remove them before storing the bouquet because they emit a plant hormone called ethylene gas, which helps them ripen. If the gas stays in the fridge, it will speed up a flower’s blooming process too quickly, which causes them to age and die faster.

Bouquet Transportation

If you’re transporting a bouquet, you’ll need to take extra care in handling it. After all, you don’t want to give a messy-looking bouquet to your loved one, don’t you?

If you need to store the bouquet for more than a day or two, you can use your refrigerator as storage. You then have two choices: either keep it in the box or unpack it. Regardless of the choice you make, the flowers will absorb the refrigerator’s cool air and keep longer than if they were left in a room-temperature environment. It’s also recommended that you get a vase for it so that storing it can be easier.

If you're transporting the bouquet, you need a vase that won’t tip over. You'll need to cut a hole just big enough to fit the vase, which will keep it upright for the rest of the trip. This will also keep in moisture and prevent wilting. You must also water it once the bouquet reaches its destination.

FAQs about Bouquet Caring

Here are some frequently asked questions about taking care of flower bouquets:

“How long can a bouquet last in the fridge?”

In general, keeping flowers in the fridge will preserve them. However, exactly how long it should be in there depends on the type of flower. A bouquet of flowers may last anywhere from 5 to 14 days if you place it in the fridge.

“Can baking soda make a bouquet last longer?”

Baking soda does not make flowers last longer in any way because it raises the pH levels of water, which does the opposite. You’ll want to lower the pH levels so that water can travel throughout a flower more efficiently.

“Why should we use bleach on flowers?”

Bleach kills bacteria and fungi, which is why it’s perfect for flowers. However, you’ll only need to put a few drops because too much bleach can harm your plants. 


Flower bouquets must be taken care of properly, especially if you’re giving them to someone. The above information details what must be done if you want to preserve the flowers, so you’ll need to keep them in mind.

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