How To Preserve Cut Flowers

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Prolonging Your Cut Flowers

Sending flowers is a tradition that has passed down from generation to generation. Giving flowers is a way to express our feelings for that special one.

Whether it’s a get well gift that says I am hoping you get better soon or a bouquet that is saying you are the only one for me and I love you, flowers have been used on these occasions and so much more to show our true feelings.

Can you imagine a church wedding without flowers or a banquet hall without a centerpiece at each table that is so inviting and makes you feel right at home?

The world of flowers is so fascinating and diverse that it is just mind-blowing. But how do we preserve these beauties to last a lot longer to remind us of the ones we love.

Tips for preserving cut flowers


Preserving cut flowers is not hard at all, all it takes is some know-how and you will be able to enjoy and cherish this beauty of nature a lot longer.

When preserving cut flowers

1. Change the water if not every day, every two days will help.

2. Rinse the vase with warm water and soap liquid, this will kill any bacteria because warm water will sanitize your vase.

3. Placing cut flowers in the refrigerator for 4-6 hours will preserve them.

4. Use a large vase. Overcrowding will not allow cuttings to last as long.

5. Keep cuttings in a location that does not get direct sunlight.

6. Remove any leaves that come in contact with water, this will encourage bacteria.

7. Keep cut flowers as far away as possible from ripening fruits because ripening fruit releases chemicals that have an adverse effect on cutting.

8. Cutting flowers early in the morning will preserve them for a longer time.

9. Feed cutting with plant food from the plant florist can also help.

1o. Chose healthy flowers that are disease and insect free.

Final word

The world of flowers is so amazing and can really brighten our world with all of their beauty so remember these simple steps and you will be able to preserve your cut flowers a lot longer as you enjoy the beauty they bring from that special someone that you cherish so much.


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Norman loves being in the garden, both at home and for his job....
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Now having spent over 22 years in the profession he want to give some of his knowledge to others...
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12 thoughts on “How To Preserve Cut Flowers”

  1. Interesting post with useful information, thank you.

    I do change the water, although its more a topping up to be honest. I do rinse the vase but don’t wash it with warm soapy water until the end of its use. I will try that to help the flowers last longer.

    I did not know about the ripening fruit, another very useful tip. I have often put lemonade into the water, it seems to help extend the life of the flowers but I don’t know why.

    Not sure I would want to put flowers in my fridge, even if I could get them in.

    • Hello, Linda so happy to see you and thanks so much for sharing. Cut flowers are really amazing and do work wonders. All the best to you and have a good day.

    • Hello, Lind so happy to help. Cut flowers Are pretty amazing and can do so much by brightening up the inside. Thanks so much for sharing. All the best to you and have a good day.

  2. What great information on how to take care of cut flowers.  I had no idea at all how to keep them lasting longer.  Now I can hopefully enjoy my cut flowers longer.  If I purchase flowers from a florist, is there anything I need to look for with the flowers that might be a sign they might not last as long?  Seems mine don’t, but it could also just be the care 🙂

    • Hello and thanks so much. signs to look for are leaves and flowers wilting, dropping, turning brown, broken and week structure even flowers that seem like if it has been eaten by insects are some signs to look for. Hope this help and all the best to you have a good day.

    • Hello, my dear friend so happy to see you and I hope all is well. Cut flowers are truly amazing and can lighten up the interior, this is a great way to bring nature indoors. As long as the leaves are not wilting, dropping or browning. the flowers should have a rich color and standing firm not soft and mushy looking and there is no sight of chewed leaves or flowers or any breakage you should be just fine. Hope this helps and all the best to you.

  3. Hi,

    This is really nice and informative post, thank you for sharing. How long can you expect cut flowers to last? Does it vary between the different types? I ask because I have an elderly ladies birthday coming up soon and she isn’t great at looking after flowers, although she loves them.

    • So happy to help, cut flowers can last up to a week and even longer depending on following tips of the care of that cut flower. have a good day.

    • Hi tom so happy to meet you, cut flowers are really great and can bringing that much-needed flavor. Flowers which are cut can last up to a week and possibly even longer once you follow the directions on how those flowers should be maintained. Hope this helps. All the best to you and have a good day.

  4. GreetingsNorman,
     I genuinely learned from your Post on How To Preserve Cut Flowers! Although I must admit to bunching up my
    flowers, now I know why they died so quickly. In the future, I will use open mouth vases and they will thrive! I have bookmarked this Post for when I receive flowers, I can take care of them correctly! Thank you for an informative Post! Janice 😊🌷

    • Hello so good to meet you and I am so happy to help. Cut flowers are pretty amazing and will work wonders on the indoors. All the best to you and have a good day.


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