How to Make Cut Flowers Last Longer

“Let the sunshine into your home by pulling back the blinds and drapery to open up the view, and add warm colors and flowers to bring the outside inside.”—Nigel Barker on style


From the daffodils you brought in from the garden to the roses you received from your true love – how do you make cut flowers last longer? The folks at Teleflora have some ideas:


  • Cut flowers early in the day, when the temperature is cooler. Blossoms cut in the afternoon have already suffered dehydration.


  • Clean your vase before placing your bouquet in it to eliminate any bacteria that could kill your flowers.


  • Cut 1/2 inch off the end of the stems at a slanted 45-degree angle with sharp scissors. This ensures that the stems can absorb water quickly and effectively.


  • Flowers stay fresher longer at cooler temperatures – 45 to 55 degrees is ideal – so consider storing them in the coolest room in your house. You can even place them in the fridge overnight to help preserve them.


  • Different flower varieties require various levels of attention, but as a general rule, you should change the water every two days.


  • Sugar helps flowers last longer; dissolve three tablespoons of sugar into two tablespoons of white or apple cider vinegar and add it to the vase water. Putting a penny into the vase will act as an acidifier and hinder bacteria growth.

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