How to Keep Cut Flowers Fresh by Cutting Stems


Cut flowers can be as simple as natural decoration or as deep as an expression of gratitude, love or sorrow. Whatever their place in your home or event, you'll want to keep your cut flowers as fresh as possible. Extending the life of cut flowers is not complicated, but it does require that you pay extra attention to your blossoms. Cutting the flower's stems after you purchase, receive or harvest them will keep them around for a long time.

Step 1

Wipe your pruning shears or scissors down with a rag moistened with alcohol. Then rinse them with water.

Step 2

Fill a vase with water and a flower preservative. If a packet did not come with your cut flowers, you can easily pick a few up from your local florist.

Step 3

Re-cut your flowers' stems at an angle and place them immediately into the vase's water. If the mouth of your vase is large enough, cut the stem ends while they are underwater. This will prevent the cut ends from developing air bubbles that interfere with their ability to draw up water.

Step 4

Pull off leaves that will be submerged under water when the flowers are put into the vase. But do not remove roses' thorns. It will shorten their lifespan.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears or scissors
  • Alcohol
  • Flower preservative
  • Vase
  • Water
  • Refrigerator
  • Rag


  • PlanTea: How to Preserve Fresh Cut Flowers Naturally
  • Mama's Health: How to Take Care of Freshly Cut Flowers
  • University of Minnesota: Keeping Cut Flowers and Flowering Plants
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