The presentation of cut flowers has been used for many years to communicate, support, or show love to someone. The art of cut flowers goes as far back to the days of ancient Egypt when they were used for formal functions. Along with herbs, the Romans and the Greeks used flowers as a form of expression, often weaving them into wreaths and garlands. During 207 to 220 BC, during the Han dynasty, the Chinese used cut flowers for religious reasons as well as for medicine. And now today, whether you are a Disney fan or a Bachelor or Bachelorette fan, flowers are a symbol of love, support, and communication. Cut flowers are easy to care for. With a little extra TLC, your flowers can last even longer.
How Long Do Cut Flowers Last?
If properly cared for, cut flowers can last anywhere from 7 to 12 days. Some flower varieties will last longer than others. Roses, daisies, lilies, freesia, carnation, and sunflowers tend to stay fresh for longer periods of time. Daffodils, hyacinths, lilacs, and tulips are known to wilt after a few days. You can extend the life of your cut flowers by following these few tips.
Tips for Longer Lasting Cut Flowers
- Clean the vase or container out first
- Choose a good location
- Re-cut the stems
- Remove excess leaves
- Fill the container with 2 to 3 inches of water
- Add plant food
Clean the Vase or Container - whatever container you choose to keep the flowers in, be sure it is cleaned out very well and doesn't have any bacteria in it. We recommend using a little bit of bleach while cleaning the container before putting the water and flowers in it. Be sure to wash away the bleach before doing that though.
Location - When choosing the best location, choose a spot inside that doesn't get direct sunlight and is away from cold drafts or sources of heat like air vents. The cooler the room temperatures the better, usually between 55-65 degrees.
Re-Cut Stems - use a disinfected pair of scissors to cut the bottom of the stems at a 45 degree angle. This allows the flowers to suck in as much water as possible. If you have time, cut again every few days. Cutting at an angle helps the flower stems not sit at the bottom and allows for maximum water intake.
Remove Leaves- Remove any leaves that will be submerged in water. Wet leaves will decay and house bacteria. Each time you change out the water, repeat this process.
Water- Fill the vase with 2 to 3 inches of water. This will help prevent the stems from rotting, Never use hard or softened water. Both contain minerals that are harmful to cut flowers. Instead, use a bottle of drinking water. Change the water every other day being sure to add more food to the new water. It is best to use warm water when possible (around 100 degrees).
Feeding - most bouquets will come with flower food. Don't forget to put that in the water. The food helps to prolong the blooms by up to twice their normal lifespan. If you do not have flower food, you can substitute one tablespoon of sugar in the water.
Here is some more specific information on certain plants:
Cut Hydrangea Care