How to Keep Fresh Flowers Alive Longer


People enjoy fresh cut flowers because the can brighten a home. Once you cut a flower from the plant, its lifespan is limited. And if you do not take proper care of them, flowers fade quickly. If you're looking forward to keeping your house full of fresh-cut flowers all season long, you can employ some techniques to keep them alive longer.

Step 1

Fill a container with warm water and take it to the garden.

Step 2

Use a pair of sharp, disinfected pruning shears to cut each flower off of its parent plant at a 45 degree angle and place it immediately in the water.

Step 3

Wash out your vase thoroughly with soap and water and rinse it well before filling it with room temperature water.

Step 4

Empty a packet of flower preservative (available at almost any florist) to the water and stir it in well.

Step 5

Pull off any leaves that will be submerged while the flowers are in the vase.

Step 6

Cut the bottom inch off of each stem while it is underwater. This discourages air bubbles from forming at the end of the stem which restrict the stalk's water uptake. If possible, make your 45-degree-angle-cut while holding the end of the stem just under the surface of the water in the vase. If your vase's mouth is too narrow, make the cut under a running tap before placing the flower in the vase.

Step 7

Change the vase's water every few days and add another packet of flower preservative.

Step 8

Keep the fresh flowers in a cool spot that is out of direct sunlight.

Step 9

Store your fresh flowers in the refrigerator at night.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears
  • Vase
  • Flower preservative
  • Container


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