It feels amazing to have long lasting flowers. How to make it last?

Receiving fresh flowers as a gift or bringing them never fails to brighten up your day, but there's no way to know how long they'll last. Sometimes, you only get a few days with your lovely bouquet before it starts to wilt, while other bunches may last up to a week.

For 7 years, it’s been our passion to spread happiness through the fresh flowers we make for our customers. Making sure that we get it fresh from farms until it reaches our lovely receiver’s hands. As we maintain the flower freshness from our shop, we also want to make sure that it will last longer once you receive it. There are a lot of tricks to make the flowers last longer, some of you might already know but we will be providing you with basic tips on how to do it.

1. Use a clean and right size of vase

Do you know that picking the correct vase size is an essential element in the life of your cut flowers? This is to ensure that the clipped stems fit nicely into the opening or mouth. If the opening is too narrow, the flower stems might look cramped or squished so either remove some of the flower stems to create a smaller bunch or simply find a larger vase to utilize. On the other hand, If the mouth of your vase is too wide, the arrangement will not have any form or shape. Some work best for short and stocky arrangements, while others are better for tall and showy designs.

Once you pick the right vase to use, make sure to clean the vase properly before you put your flowers in it. Bacteria can easily build up in dirty vases. If you happen to have old flowers in the vase, clean your vase with sponge and warm soapy water, ensuring that all residue from the previous flowers is not in the vase anymore

2. Use tap/cold water

Flowers are living entity too that need water to survive. Different flowers require different care. Some flowers need more water, and some need less water, or it will drown. Always use clean water for your flowers.

Tap water that’s around 10-15° C works well in most instances.

For some instances, dumping the flowers in icy cold water is the best way to freshen them up. This is also possible. Stems often get dried out and develop air pockets during travel and storage. These bubbles coupled with dried out stems prevent water absorption that leads to wilted cut flowers. An icy dip can help remove the bubbles and open the pathways.

If your flowers are out of the water for so long, you can soak the blooms into water that’s around 37 - 42°C. Then store in a cool area. The warm stems can soak up a lot of water while the cool air up top keeps the blooms fresh. Though, not every bouquet needs this type of treatment. Many cut flowers will be just fine in some room temperature water, but if you receive flowers that look wilted, a couple of hours of time

spent in a fridge after being plunged in warm water should be enough to get flowers perked up. After that, they should be ready for some room temperature tap water.

If you are trying to get your flowers to start to bloom, use warm water. It will help facilitate the opening of the bloom. After the flowers open, you can replace the water with a cold one.

3. Cut flower stems: 1/2 inch, slant position

As for the flowers you receive from the flower shop, flowers are already cut so you can already place them directly in water.

In cutting, use a sharp knife or scissors to re-cut ½ inch of the stems right before it goes to the water. Cutting at a 45-degree angle or slant position will help the stems take a lot of water that it needs. If you want, you can also cut the flowers while submerged in water. This will ensure that air doesn’t block the water conducting tissues at the end of the stem. Make sure not to crush or tear the stems for it will restrict water uptake and gives microbes more points of entry

4. No foliage in the water

Sometimes leaves in water look good in the eyes but not so much for the flowers. You need to remove the leaves from the stem that touches the water to help the stems absorb more water and stay alive longer. Leaves or foliage in the water encourage microbial growth that clogs the stems and prevents the stems from absorbing water.

5. Remove dying flowers

We all want to make the flowers last longer however every flower has a season. There will be times when some of your flowers will start to fade and turn dark. You might want to check the life span of your favorite flower. After several days, you may notice some flowers are beginning to wilt. To continue to enjoy your blooming flowers remove the dead or dying blooms as they detract from the beauty and will begin to grow mold and contaminate the healthy flowers. To do that, remove the dead flowers and stems then wash the remaining fresh ones to make sure that there will be no remaining foliage that will affect the other flowers. This will keep your arrangement looking fresh and longer.

6. Place the flowers in a cool place

Finding the right place to display your flowers will have a big effect on the life of your flowers. Placing it in a shaded, cool area that receives indirect sunlight helps preserve the blooms as opposed to bright, direct sunlight and heat. Direct sunlight or heat will help your flowers to reach their full bloom potential and eventually will start to dry up and die. Remember, cooler is better except for tropical blooms which prefer the heat and humidity (like orchids).

Repeat the whole process every 2-3 days to ensure that your flowers will last

If you received an arrangement in green foam, it means that it has already stored water. All you have to do is pour clean water on the foam and it will make the flowers last.

Special Care for Specific Flowers

Roses

Do you know that roses are probably one of the oldest flowers? Timeless, elegant, and beautiful; three words that we can first think of when we hear the word rose. Fresh cut roses last around a week if properly tended to.

How to take care of Roses.

  • Roses are summer flowers and prefer lukewarm water, not too hot though.
  • Flower food or water solution can help them bloom longer.
  • Change the water regularly.
  • To keep the roses from fading, keep it in a cool, dry place indoors
  • “Opened roses” for designed arrangements shortens that lifespan of the roses. You can always choose the roses that are starting to bloom to make sure that they will last longer.

Hydrangea

Do you know what hydrangea name means? “Hydro” means water and “angos” means vessel or jar. In fact, Hydrangea need lots of water to thrive. Hydrangeas are extremely dependable, durable, easy to care for, and, most importantly, they produce full and luscious blooms. They also look great when dried out.

Here’s the good news when it comes to cut hydrangea care: hydrangeas are notoriously tough and resistant to external damage. The bad thing is, their name implies, they need a lot of hydrations to live a long and full life.

Refresh your hydrangea.

As you receive your flowers with hydrangea, they will be as thirsty as ever. With other flowers, you’d just submerge them in water for a bit, and they’d be ready to go, but not hydrangeas. Upon arrival, you should rehydrate the flowers by floating them in a sink or tub filled with cold water for three to four hours. If you repeat this step every few days, there’s no reason your hydrangeas can’t live happily for up to two weeks.

You can also use water spray and aim directly at the hydrangea blooms. Aside from the stems, Flower blooms also absorb water.

Peonies

Do you know that peony season is very short? Peony season is only from late April until early June. Peonies are always lovely, looks amazingly great with wedding bouquets too.

We highly recommend you buy peonies when they are still in bud stage. Peonies that are fully open are gorgeous, of course, but they won’t last nearly as long. And make sure to squeeze some of the buds gently – they should feel soft, like a marshmallow.

How to take care of Peonies.

Place your peonies in a cool area of your home that is free from direct sunlight. Keep them cold. All flowers last longer when kept in the refrigerator but that’s especially true of peonies. This will keep your flowers in bloom for longer as warmer temperatures will make your peonies wilt faster

Don't use warm water when refilling the vase as this opens up the blooms quicker, shortening their lifespan.

Flower food or vase solution can also help to make the peonies bloom beautifully.

Sugar in water for peonies can increase the fresh weight of the flowers and prolongs the vase life. Sugar is only 0.5-1% ratio with your water.

TIPS TO MAKE PEONIES BLOOM

  1. Place the peonies in warm, not hot, water.
  2. Make sure they are by a window or another warm, sunny location to encourage them to open faster.
  3. If that still doesn’t do the trick, you can also pull back on the outer leaves slightly which will make them open almost immediately.

Gerbera

Do you know that gerbera daisies are available in all colors but blue? It’s a member of the Asteraceae, gerbera daisies have the prototypical daisy-shaped flower head, but modern cultivars come in a dazzling array of vivid, eye-popping colors, some of which exude an almost impossible neon brightness. While some may view the large daisy flower heads as almost too picture-perfect and excessively gaudy, nothing is quite as bright and cheerful as a gerbera daisy, whether in a mixed bouquet or as a single display specimen.

How to take care of Gerbera

If looked after very well, gerberas can last for 7-10 days.

You can place a single, long-stemmed gerbera daisy in a vase in which the water is no more than about three quarters to perhaps one inch deep. Your ideal vase is one that is squat-shaped, so that the cut stem is inserted into a relatively large volume of shallow water. You must be careful of using a tiny vase with only a small reservoir of water at the bottom that may dry out and ruin your flower more quickly.

It turns out that cut gerbera daisies can soak up water through their stems and essentially begin to weaken and decay if the water is too deep. By keeping only shallow water in the vase, this problem is reduced, and the stem stays stronger much longer and continues to keep the flower robust.

Place them away from heat as gerbera prefers cooler temperature.

Tulips

Do you know that tulips symbolize the perfect kind of love? They represent a special warmth and love

The flowers are usually large, showy, and brightly colored, generally red, orange, pink, yellow, or white (usually in warm colors).

Tulips are a lovely spring-blooming flower that is one of the first to appear after winter

How to make tulips last long?

  • Pick tulips that are not yet open.
  • Follow the basic Tips for Long Lasting cut flowers.
  • Go with a vase that is at least half as tall as the flower stems.
  • Add cold water ice cubes to the vase and fill it 3/4 of the way up.
  • Mix in flower food(if available) and dissolve the food completely
  • Sugar as preservative in tulips is highly NOT recommended
  • Avoid placing a vase of tulips in direct sun or near heat. Tulips will grow toward sunlight and may bend a little when doing so. They are okay in indirect sunlight.
  • Tulips start to bloom with temperatures higher than 12°C.
  • Temperature under 12°C prolongs the blooming of the tulips

Lilies

Do you know that lilies have been a prominent symbol throughout history? Their symbol is often determined by specific occasion or the color of lilies. In Latin, “lilium” means purity, innocence, and rebirth.

With their proud trumpets shaped petals, tall stems and pretty tones, lilies are a firm favorite in the world of florals. However, you need to keep it out of reach of kids and pets. Lilies are known for being toxic to pets.

How to make lilies last longer?

  1. Follow the basic Tips for Long Lasting cut flowers.
  2. Recutting the stems daily about 1/8 of an inch.
  3. Pinch off stamens as they shed pollen.
  4. Keep them out of direct sunlight.
  5. A vase solution containing 2-3% sugar solution will improve the opening of the flower buds. Higher concentration may cause premature leaf yellowing

Phalaenopsis

Do you know that the sweet smell of this orchid is mostly pronounced at sunrise? They can get sunburned too. Rather than turning red, sunburned orchid will have withered, yellowed leaves or develop brown and white splotches. But the amazing fact is, Phaaenopsis are extremely easy to care for

Phalaenopsis can last 1-2 weeks after being cut.

How to make phalaenopsis last longer?

  • Spray your orchids with mist water as soon as you get home to keep them hydrated
  • Arrange your orchids in a vase and change the water at least once a week
  • Slant cut the stem ½ inch once you notice that it’s starting to wilt.
  • Water Solution can also be used to maintain and prolong it’s beauty.
  • Keeping them away from direct sunlight is essential.
  • If your orchid is looking dry, you can spray them with water or submerge them in warm(not hot) for 5-10 mins

Do you know that you can also use water solution to make the flowers last longer and beautifully?

Aside from flower food that is used for some flowers to stay longer, there are also water solutions that can be done to make your flowers bloom beautifully and long lasting.

Sugar in water solution

This is a popular gardening hack floating around on social media.

  • Sugar increases the fresh weight of the flowers and prolongs the color and beauty of cut flowers. In your vase with water, add 2% sugar. Dissolve sugar in water then place your flowers.

    Some sugar in the vase solution increases the number and size of open flowers as well as prolongs the vase life.

    Using sugar in water solution highly works with:

    Snap dragon: 1.5% sugar solution will improve the opening and color of the upper buds on the spike.

    Baby’s breath: Use 1.5% sugar in the vase solution. If harvested at tight-bud stage with only 5% flowers opened, use 5-10% sugar solution for the development of buds.

Bleach in water solution

The right amount of bleach in the water can help make your flowers stay fresh. But excessive bleach is also not good for the flowers. So, you have to be careful in using this solution.

  • Use gloves.
  • Add 1/4 teaspoon of bleach to 1.26L of water then mix.
  • Combining 3 drops of bleach with a teaspoon of sugar in a 1 quart of vase water will also keep the water from getting cloudy and inhibit the growth of bacteria.

Apple cider vinegar in water solution

If you want to go greener, you can also remove the bleach and replace it with apple-cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar shows to have anti-microbial properties.

  • Mix 2 tablespoon apple cider, and 2 tablespoon of sugar with the vase water before adding your flowers
  • Replace it with the same solution every 2-3days to make your flowers last

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