How to keep cut flowers fresh

Read on to discover some of our top tips for how to keep flowers fresh and blooming for longer.

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How to keep cut flowers fresh

Fresh cut flowers add beautiful colours and scents to your home, and part of their charm is that they won't last forever. Despite this, you can still keep them looking their best for as long as possible. Read on to discover some top tips for how to keep flowers fresh and blooming for longer, with advice for cutting stems correctly and even what to add to the water they sit in.

To keep flowers fresh, cut the stems right. Keep them slightly longer than the vase, and using a sharp knife cut a 45° angle approximately one inch from the base.

How long do flowers last?

Depending on the care you provide them when trying to keep flowers fresh, your bouquets will have a varied lifespan. Many cut flowers will last between five to seven days, and roses can last up to a week. With the right care, however, you can help your flowers stay in great condition for up to two weeks.

Five tips for how to keep cut flowers fresh

If you want to know how to keep roses alive after Valentine’s, or keep a centrepiece blooming in your house, follow these five important steps:

  1. Choose native flowers. If you want fresh flowers to last as long as possible, choose bouquets with flowers that are native to the UK. If they survive in our varied climate already, they will be easier to keep alive for longer.
  2. Rearrange your flowers at least every three days. To keep flowers fresh for longer, change the water every three days and recut the stems at the same time at an angle of approximately 45°.
  3. Keep them in a cool area. An area that is too hot will cause your flowers to wilt quicker and this has the opposite effect to keeping them looking great!
  4. Sit them in an area of medium light. Many people would think that the windowsill is the best place to stand your vase, but this is not the case. Although the flowers will need some light, they will last longer in an area of medium light such as on your dining room table slightly away from the window.
  5. Add plant food and a little bleach into your flowers’ water. Many bouquets come with a small sachet of flower food attached, and it is important to use this. This step is especially important when it comes to caring for and understanding how to keep roses fresh. Plus, bleach in flower water might seem counter-intuitive for keeping them alive; but adding ¼ teaspoon of bleach per litre of water keeps bacteria at bay to extent their freshness for longer.

With these top tips for how to keep cut flowers fresh and how to keep roses alive, you can be sure to make the most of every bouquet. No matter which flowers make up the bouquet, you now have all the information to keep flowers fresh, beautiful and blooming to enjoy them for longer.

Key Steps

  • Cut flowers can last up to two weeks with the right care.
  • Buy native flowers when possible, as these are best suited to survive in our climate.
  • Keep them in a cool, medium-lit area.
  • Change the water and recut the stems at least every three days.
  • Use flower food.

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