How to Keep Cut Flowers Fresh the Longest


Bring fresh cut flowers into your home to surround yourself with the loveliness of your outdoor setting. It's frustrating, though, when you work so hard on your landscaping, and the flowers you cut last for such a short time after cutting. Follow a few tips to make sure they last as long as possible, starting with when you cut them. Early morning is the best time to cut flowers, while the temperature is cool and the plant's moisture level is high.

Step 1

Take a sharp pair of garden clippers and a bucket of lukewarm water out to the flower garden in early morning.

Step 2

Cut the flowers at a diagonal, approximately an inch longer than needed. Immediately place the stem bottom into the warm water. The open air clogs the water flow of the stem if it's left out too long.

Step 3

Carry the container of water and flowers into the house. Work directly out of the container, or transfer the flowers to a more convenient place, such as the sink or a large bowl. Fill the new container with warm water, and move the flowers into it quickly.

Step 4

Pour one packet of florist preservative into a vase, found at nurseries, flower shops or craft shops. Pour lukewarm water into the vase, leaving a couple of inches free at the top. Stir the water, until the preservative is dissolved.

Step 5

Clip off leaves from the flower stems that will fall below the rim of the vase.

Step 6

Cut each flower stem at an angle with the garden clippers while still under water. Move the stem quickly from the water container to the vase. Arrange each flower after it is in the water.

Step 7

Put the vase of flowers in a location away from direct sunlight or any other breeze or heat source, such as a heater or a door that is opened often. Place the vase of flowers in the coolest room of the house during the evening and night.

Things You'll Need

  • Bucket
  • Garden clippers
  • Vase
  • Floral preservative


  • PlanTea: How to Preserve Fresh Cut Flowers
  • All Family Resources: How to make Flowers Last Longer
  • The Kitchn: How to Keep Cut Flowers Longer
  • University of California: Tips on Keeping Cut Flowers Fresher Longer
Keywords: fresh cut flowers, preserve flowers, fresh flowers

About this Author

Karen Ellis has been a full-time writer since 2006. She is an expert crafter, with more than 30 years of experience in knitting, chrocheting, quilting, sewing, scrapbooking and other arts. She is an expert gardener, with lifelong experience. Ellis has taken many classes in these subjects and taught classes, as well.