Care Instructions for Flowers


Freshly picked flowers from the garden are a treat in the house. Their fragrance and color add life to any room. When desiring long-lasting flowers, it is important to begin with healthy flowers from outside. For the healthiest and longest-lasting flowers, always pick them in the morning when they contain the highest amount of essential oils. Help your flowers last longer in their vase with some simple care instructions.

Step 1

Combine the sugar, bleach, lemon juice and warmed spring water in a small mixing bowl and stir until the sugar is dissolved. This mixture acts as a natural preservative, preventing bacteria and plant disease and giving the flowers extra energy for growth.

Step 2

Pour the mixture into a clean vase.

Step 3

Remove all leaves and foliage that will be inside the vase to prevent mold from forming.

Step 4

Cut the flowers so that the bottom of their stocks have a 1-inch angled slice. This cut optimizes water absorption.

Step 5

Place the flowers in the water and set them in a location that is cool, approximately 70 to 75 degrees for most flowers, and away from any direct sunlight.

Step 6

Remove the flowers individually from the vase when they begin to wilt. This prevents them from infecting the rest of the flowers.

Step 7

Change the vase water daily and add more preservative to the fresh water.

Things You'll Need

  • Small mixing bowl
  • Spring water
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. bleach
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice.
  • Vase
  • Sharp knife


  • Grower's Box: Flower Care
  • Gardening Advisor: Cut Flowers- How to Make Them Last Longer
  • "The Art of Floral Arranging; Learning From the Master Florists at Flower School New York"; Eileen W. Johnson; 2007.
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