The beautiful and classic lily is not only gorgeous as it grows outdoors in a flower garden, it is equally lovely when the blooms are cut and brought indoors for an arrangement. Choose lily blooms that are just opening to create an arrangement that will last for up to one week. The bright colors and delightful scent of cut lilies will be an enjoyable arrangement to add décor to any room.
Cut lily blossoms growing on long stems from your lily plants. Choose blossoms that are just opening for the longest lasting display.
Fill the vase with water at 100 degrees F. Add one floral preservative packet to the water and stir well.
Hold the stems under running water and cut an additional inch from the bottom of each stem with a utility knife. Cut any leaves from the stems that will be under water in the vase. Place each lily stem into the vase immediately after cutting.
Arrange the lilies in the vase so the tallest lilies are in the center of the vase and shorter lilies surround the center lilies. Add greenery to the outer edge of the vase, if you desire.
Place the vase in the refrigerator for two to three hours.
Keep the vase in a cool room without direct sunlight or drafts. Replenish the water in the vase each day. On the third day, completely replace the water in the vase with fresh water and add a second floral preservative packet to the water.
Remove the stamens from the centers of the flowers as the lilies bloom. This will help the blossoms last longer.