How to Keep Flowers Displayed for Many Days


If you get a lovely bouquet for your birthday or anniversary it is only natural to want to keep the flowers looking beautiful as long as possible. Depending on the type of flowers in them, some bouquets will remain looking good for as long as two weeks if they are properly cared for. Roses and carnations both can last a long time after they are cut, as will bulb-grown flowers like daffodils and tulips.

Step 1

Cut 1 to 2 inches off the bottoms of the flowers. Cut the stems at an angle under cool running water.

Step 2

Place the flowers in a clean vase. Fill the vase with cool water, submerging the stems about 3 to 4 inches.

Step 3

Sprinkle about half a packet of florist's flower food into the water.

Step 4

Keep the flowers in a cool place.

Step 5

Change the water every day and add half a packet of florist's flower food.

Tips and Warnings

  • Avoid exposing the stems of fresh-cut flowers to air as much as possible.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Vase
  • Florist's flower food packets


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Who Can Help

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About this Author

Hollan Johnson is a freelance writer for many online publications including Garden Guides and eHow. She is also a contributing editor for Brighthub. She has been writing freelance for over a year and her focus' are travel, gardening, sewing, and Mac computers. Prior to freelance writing, Hollan taught English in Japan. She has a B.A. in linguistics from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.