Six tips to make your flowers last longer

by Christina Molinaro
19/07/2017

Flowers are great in so many ways. They’re beautiful, they smell amazing and they bring us joy and happiness. But what’s the one thing that can make us think twice before spending our hard earned cash on a bouquet? They don’t last! Flowers may be all of these wonderful things, but we only get the chance to enjoy them for such a short time. We’re going to let you in on some of our top tips to get the longest life out of your flowers so you can enjoy them for as long as possible.


Water, there’s more to it than you think

Ok, so we know this one may seem pretty straight forward, but it’s a vital element in order for your flowers to live. There’s a little more to it though. Putting your flowers in warm water will encourage them to open up. Once they’ve opened nicely, change the water to cold. Your flowers are feeding off this water, so be sure to keep checking and topping up the water. Tap water is fine, but if you really want them to live as long as possible, the fresher the better, so use filtered water if you can.

Sterilise the vase

Bit lazy and didn’t wash your vase properly after the last bunch of flowers? Chances are there are a lot of nasties lurking in that dirty vase that could potentially shorten the life of your new bunch. Sterilising the vase so it’s squeaky clean will allow the water to keep fresh for longer and will be more nourishing for your flowers.

Give your flowers the snip

Cutting the stems on your newly bought or delivered flowers will help big time. On their journey to you, the stems will have begun to rot. If they’re not freshly cut, your poor flowers won’t be able to absorb all the fresh water they need. Like us, flowers love a good drink, so snip the stems daily so they get the hydration they need. And if you want to help avoid that nasty rotting smell that comes along after a few days or so, cut off all the leaves that will be resting under water.

Location, location, location

Steer clear of putting your flowers next to a window or in direct sunlight. Also, your flowers need a cool place to live, away from the heat so their gorgeous petals don’t wilt.

Feed your flowers

Feeding your flowers something other than water can also be really beneficial. You can always head to your local florist to purchase some cut flower food. However, if you prefer a little DIY project, all you will need to feed them is a little lemon juice, water, sugar and bleach. Use about a teaspoon of each.

Buying local means fresher flowers

It goes without saying that if you buy your flowers from a quality local florist, they will go to every effort to buy locally grown flowers, which means fresher flowers that last longer. When you order flowers from Flowerfox, you can be comfortable knowing that our florists have done everything they can to source local fresh flowers for your bouquet.


We hope these tips give you and your flowers a little more time together. They’re so magical to have around, so why not take a few easy steps to help them last?


If you’d like more information about how to make your flowers last, we’d be happy to help.

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