How to Keep Cut Flowers Fresh

It’s incredible the difference a few care steps can make to your fresh flowers. Fresh flowers are the perfect way to bring life and colour into the home, but sadly they don’t last forever. Discover how to keep your flowers looking fresh and lively for weeks with our simple cut flower tips.

Before you put your flowers in a vase:

  • Remove the foliage around the bottom of the stems. If any foliage that lies in the vase water can cause fungus and make your flowers wilt quicker.
  • Cut the bottom of your flower stems at a 35 degree angle. This will stop your flower stems from lying flat against the bottom of the vase, which will keep your cut flowers fresher for longer.

After your flowers are in a vase:

  • Keep your vase filled with water! All flower and foliage stems should be submerged. Flowers stay fresher, longer when they can get a drink!
  • If your flowers came in a basket or other container with foam, add fresh water every day.
  • Immediately remove dead or wilting leaves and stems from fresh flower arrangements.
  • Watch your water. When it gets cloudy it’s time to change it out.
  • First remove any dead or dying flowers from the arrangement.

For certain varieties:

  • Tulips grow a few inches after they are cut and will continue to grow toward the closest light source.
  • Hyacinths should not be cut down off the bulb. They actually last longer if left on the bulb.
  • Do not put Daffodils in a vase with other flowers. They secrete a substance that kills other flowers when in the same vase.

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