How to make your cut flowers last longer

It’s  the most wonderful time of the year! The flowers are blooming and summer is on it’s way! Yesterday I shared some cute photos of my kitty Mylo playing in my lilac tree. I decided it was time to bring some of the lovely blossoms inside and make some arrangements.  Here are some of the best tips I have acquired to keep your cut flowers looking fresh.

After cutting your flowers off the plant, transfer to a bucket of lukewarm water while you putter about the garden looking for more specimens to snip. Once you’re back inside  and ready to arrange them in a vase, cut them underwater with a sharp knife. Cut the stem diagonally.  Cutting them underwater prevents air from getting up in the stem.

If you are working with flowers such as hydrangea or lilac that are notorious for  getting droopy super fast try slicing the stem and splitting it so that the water has more pathways to travel up,  this will allow more water to be sucked up the stem.  For lilacs and other flowers with hard woody stems you can use a hammer to split it. Try soaking the stems in hot water for an hour or so to soften them up so the flower can drink up the water easily.
Trim away any excess foliage from the stem that falls below the water level. Leaves and such that are attached and left soaking will rot and create bacteria in the water. It will stink and get nasty real fast.
If you want greenery and leaves as part of your arrangement add them as separate stems. If they are still attached to the flower the plant will spend it’s energy on the leaves instead of the flower.

To help keep your flowers fresh try this recipe for the water.

Mix up:
2 teaspoons of lemon juice
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon bleach

Add to:
1 quart of water

The lemon juice and sugar help feed the flowers and give them energy and the bleach will help keep the water free from bacteria.

You could also add citrus flavored soda like Sprite with a few drops of bleach  to the water.

Change the water every other day and re snip the bottoms of the stems to let more fresh water up into the flower.

Do you have any tips to share? Feel free to leave them in the comments!

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4 Responses to How to make your cut flowers last longer

  1. Great tip! I had no idea.

    My tip is to NOT forget about your flowers and leave them in a hot car for several hours. Because they die, and then you're sad.


  2. oh no that is so sad 😦


  3. weird amiga says:

    Haha, Paige! 😀

    Great and timely tips, Adrienne! Just yesterday I created the first arrangement for my new apartment… Some of these tips I've learned from experience (like removing leaves that grow too low on the stem, etc) but I'm always looking for the right mixture to add to the water.
    I'll try yours, thank you!


  4. ElfRenee says:

    Great tips, thank you!


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