4 Helpful Tips to Keep the Longevity of Your Bouquet Flowers

by Robert Canning on July 22, 2022

Delivering flowers is an easy way to spread happiness to others. Flowers are not just appreciated everywhere; they are often used to send messages. Because we often give and receive flowers, knowing how to handle, water, store and preserve them is also important.

Even though flowers are beautiful, they often only last a few days. You can use the helpful and simple tips below to make your fresh flower arrangement last as long as possible while still looking fabulous!

Proper Handling of Bouquets

If you've bought some flowers or received them as a gift, what's the first thing you do with them? You immediately take them out of their packaging and put them in a vase, right? Well, maybe not. 

Before keeping the flowers in a vase, cut the stem at a 45-degree angle with an incredibly sharp knife. Remove the leaves near the bottom. These two steps will help prevent any bacteria build-up and wilting.

Proper Storing of Bouquets

When selecting a vase to store your flower bouquet, you should consider a few factors: which material it is made of, how thoroughly you cleaned it, where you put it, and where you don't put it. 

For instance, if you intend to keep your bouquet looking fresh for as long as possible, you should always clean your vase with hot water, bleach and soap. This kills any extra bacteria that would otherwise linger in the vase. To ensure you remove any harsh chemicals, you should thoroughly rinse them.

Furthermore, vases made of glass are better than those made of metal because they allow the stems to breathe. 

Different flowers and plants react differently to environmental factors, but a general rule is that they should be stored away from the direct heat of sunlight and in a cool, shaded place.

Another lesser-known tip is to avoid placing them around fruit trees because it can trigger a release of gas that will cause premature wilting.

Proper Watering of Bouquets

Avoid using tap water as they are harmful to the plants. All plants thrive in lukewarm water; you should use cold water sparingly. If your arrangement includes many buds, you may need to put it in warm water for a minute, then transfer it to cold water for 20 minutes. Please return it to lukewarm water afterwards to encourage it to flower. 

It would be best to clean the vase whenever you change your bouquet's water. We recommend changing the water every few days to keep it from getting stagnant.

Preservation Hack for Bouquets

Flowers are still alive, even after being cut! The water you put them in is not enough to keep them alive, though. You should give them some food. 

For example, add a teaspoon of sugar to the water and four drops of bleach or a copper coin. The bleach or coin will keep bacteria at bay, while the sugar will feed the flower. 

After receiving flowers and not having time to cut them, you can put them in the refrigerator instead. This is a hack that florists use, and it will keep the flowers looking great much longer.


Are you still wondering what you'll gift your special someone to show her how much you care? Send her the gift of flowers! Fresh flowers will brighten up any home and make it feel warm and inviting. After all, with these four tips, it won't be hard to keep a flower bouquet fresh! 

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