Care of Fresh Flowers


Whether you have received flowers for a special occasion or picked them from your garden, you will want to enjoy your flowers for as long as possible. How long fresh flowers last depends on how fresh the flowers are and the type of care they receive. With proper care of fresh flowers, you can enjoy their beauty for up to a week.

Step 1

Remove all leaves and foliage from the stems of your flowers. Keep the thorns on any rose stems to prolong their life.

Step 2

Cut the flower stems at a 45-degree angle with a sharp knife so they absorb the water better. Always cut flower stems underwater.

Step 3

Fill a vase with warm water and add a flower preservative to the water, which you can get at your local florist shop. Place the cut flowers in the vase of water.

Step 4

Change the water in the vase every couple of days or if it becomes cloudy before then. Completely empty the vase of water and refill instead of just topping off if the water level decreases.

Step 5

Re-cut the flower stems every two to three days. Cut at a 45-degree angle underwater with a sharp knife. Remove 1 to 2 inches of the bottom stem to help rejuvenate the flowers and allow them to absorb the water more easily. A cut stem will seal itself over after a couple of days not allowing water to readily be absorbed.

Step 6

Keep the fresh flowers in a cool environment. Temperatures should be around 65 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit to help prolong the life of the flowers. Keep out of direct sunlight.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not place fresh flowers near heating or cooling vents, under ceiling fans or on top of televisions or radiators that give off heat and cause flowers to dehydrate and die sooner. Do not use a serrated knife to cut the flower stems.

Things You'll Need

  • Flowers
  • Vase
  • Flower food
  • Sharp knife


  • Plantea: Preserving Fresh Cut Flowers
  • Big Apple Florist: Fresh Cut Flower Care
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About this Author

Residing in Southern Oregon, Amy Madtson has been writing for Demand Studios since 2008 with a focus on health, pregnancy, crafts and gardening. Her work has been published on websites such as eHow and Garden Guides, among others. Madtson has been a childbirth educator and doula since 1993.