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How to Keep Fresh Flowers in the Refrigerator

By Kathryn Hatter ; Updated September 21, 2017

When you have fresh flowers for a floral arrangement that you want to keep as fresh as possible, keeping them in the refrigerator is a good way to store them. Most fresh flowers will benefit from the cool temperatures. Flowers that originate in tropical regions are exceptions; do not place ginger blossoms, orchids or anthuriums in the refrigerator because these flowers require constant temperatures above 55 degrees. Storing fresh flowers near fruit in the refrigerator may significantly reduce their viability in a flower arrangement.

Fill the vase with cool water.

Remove the flowers from the packaging if they are loose flowers for a floral arrangement. If the flowers are a corsage, boutonniere or bouquet for a formal occasion, leave the flowers in the original packaging from the florist without disturbing them.

Place loose flowers in the vase.

Remove all fresh fruits and vegetables from the refrigerator.

Set the refrigerator temperature at approximately 40 degrees.

Place the fresh flowers in the refrigerator. Put them in the vegetable crisper for best results. Set the vase of flowers on a refrigerator shelf.

Keep the fresh flowers in the refrigerator for three to 12 hours. This cooling period will enable the flowers to absorb more water and stay fresher longer.

Remove the flowers from the refrigerator. If the flowers are loose, make fresh cuts at the ends of the stems under cool running water and arrange the flowers in the final flower arrangement.


Things You Will Need

  • Vase or container
  • Utility knife

About the Author


Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.