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How to Condition Cut Daylilies for Arrangements

By Jason Gillikin ; Updated November 30, 2018

Daylilies are gorgeous flowers not often used in floral arrangements because of their reputation for being hard to work with. However, there is a way to condition daylilies so they will last longer and look stunning in any flower arrangement. By taking a few steps to ensure the flower is taken care of from the ground to your vase, you can have professional-looking flowers without the professional-looking price tag.

Fill a bucket or container with several inches of water. Using very sharp scissors or garden snips, cut the lilies several inches longer then the desired length for the arrangement, then immediately put the cut flowers into the bucket.

Remove the lower leaves and side stems from the main stem of each flower so that nothing besides the stem will be submerged in the water when the arrangement is complete.

Fill a vase halfway with warm water and add cut-flower food in a ratio recommended by the manufacturer. Stir the flower food into the water until it dissolves completely.

Using your sharp scissors or garden snips, cut 1 inch off the bottom of each daylily stem at a sharp angle. Do this to each flower, then let the flowers sit in the vase for several hours.

After the flowers have sat in the water for several hours, arrange them to your liking. Continue to change the water and add the cut flower food according to the manufacturer's instructions.


Things You Will Need

  • Sharp scissors or garden snips
  • Bucket/container
  • Vase
  • Cut flower food
  • Water
  • Stirring stick or spoon

About the Author


Jason Gillikin is a copy editor and writer who specializes in health care, finance and consumer technology. His various degrees in the liberal arts have helped him craft narratives within corporate white papers, novellas and even encyclopedias.