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Flower Care & Longevity Tips

The best way to extend the life of your flowers is to make sure that you are keeping them groomed, in a clean environment, and at a cool temperature. You want to make sure that you reduce the chance of air bubbles or clogs in the stem, bacteria in the vase, and rotting of any foliage. Flowers need daily maintenance to keep them fresh and crisp, so you can enjoy them for as long as possible.

Of course, each flower type may have their own rules and care tips. At the end of this article we’ll give you some tips for common flowers that you might have received as a gift, otherwise we’d recommend researching further if you have a specific type that isn’t listed and needs extra care.

Basic Flower Care & Longevity Tips 


  • Cut the bottom of the stem at a steep angle 

  • Keep flowers in a clean vase with cold water, make sure to change out the water completely every day, sometimes multiple times a day

  • Fill the water with homemade flower food; there are two different recipes for this: 

    • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of sugar, 3 drops of bleach; 1 quart water, 2 tablespoons  lemon juice

    • 1 tablespoon sugar, ½ teaspoon bleach

  • Refrigerating flowers for at least six hours after you buy them can triple their life span; try keeping them in the refrigerator overnight too

  • Use ice water to revive the flowers and eliminate air bubbles in the stem 

  • Make sure you are consistently trimming & removing any foliage under the water line & continuously cleaning out the water in the vase to clear out bacteria or anything that could clog the stems

    • If any foliage rots in the water, the flowers will decay much faster

  • Use warm water only for flowers that need immediate hydration since warm water absorbs quicker, but then place the flowers in the refrigerator after to cool them down 

    • Try to mostly use cold water, warm temperatures can deprive the flowers of food and water which leads to dehydration

  • Keep cut flowers in a cool area away from direct sunlight

  • Avoid keeping flowers next to a fruit or veggies basket, the gasses released from the fruit & veggies will cause the flowers to wilt faster 

  • Not all flowers do well when in the same vase as other flowers, so keep that in mind when creating your own bouquet

    • Example: Tulips & daffodils aren’t the best combo, daffodils release a sap that can clog the tulip stems

Special Tips for Specific Flowers Types


  • Roses 

    • Cut the stems while they are submerged in water to avoid air bubbles; this only makes a big difference for roses; however, some say that it can help other flowers as well

  • Hydrangeas 

    • Dunk them in an ice bath and let them soak for an hour or more to revive them; you’ll notice them bloom back to life

    • This trick doesn’t always work, especially if they are basically dead,  but if you notice then about to wilt try this out and you’ll see a difference  

  • Lilies 

    • Remove the pollen from the center of the lily as soon as possible; avoid letting the pollen touch the petals because it will cause the flowers to rot; also, the pollen stains so wear gloves when doing this and don’t let it get on furniture

  • Tulips 

    • Keep them in a taller vase to reduce drooping & don’t pair with daffodils or narcissus flowers 

    • Some say shallow water is better, while others say filling the vase completely is better; try both methods and see which one works the best for you

Author: Taylor Shamoon

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