Make Fresh Flowers Last Longer

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One of the things you’ll always find in my home are fresh flowers. I love them. They perk up a room and my mood instantly. While I wish they were freshly cut from my yard, I usually buy them from a local grocery store who has great prices on small bouquets. Every couple of weeks I buy a few and spread them throughout the house…

Over the years I have found a few ways to keep them fresh for up to 2 weeks, sometimes even longer. Naturally, some flowers will last longer than others, and where you live probably has a lot to do with what is available in your area, but these tips should help keep your lovelies fresh and pretty for several days…


  1. This is probably a given, but I think it’s worth mentioning- when you are buying flowers, look for buds that haven’t opened up much. There is no point buying a bunch of flowers that are already fully bloomed because you probably won’t get more than a few days out of them
  2. Remove flowers from their wrapper and trip them down to whatever size you need. (make sure you remove at least a couple of inches) Trim any unwanted leaves on the bottom. You’ll want to leave some greenage so that they are aesthetically pleasing, but too much will just get gross in the water over time
  3. When putting them in your vase, don’t fill it all the way to the top with water- the stems only need a few inches
  4. Change the water every 3-4 days
  5. When you’re changing the water, snip the ends of the flowers just a touch, and always do so on an angle
  6. Here is the important part folks- pay attention- add a teaspoon of bleach to the water. Yes, you read that correctly- bleach. Believe it or not, it doesn’t kill them, but keeps bacteria low so that they water stays fresh. Other things to add to your water- a couple of tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, or 1 baby aspirin, or a sugar/vinegar combo- try 1 teaspoon white vinegar to 2 teaspoons sugar. I have tried all of these methods and they all work, but I have found bleach to be better than anything else. *You’ll obviously want to be careful when adding this to vases and the furniture you’re putting your vase on.
  7. Keep your flowers away from drafts. (i.e. don’t put them right next to a vent where air conditioning and/or heat will hit them


Here are some flowers that I have had especially good luck with. (no matter what I do, I can’t seem to keep hydrangeas looking good for more than a week- if you have any tips, please let me know!)

  • Lillies
  • Mums (especially jumbo mums- last month I had a bunch that looked good for 3 weeks!! It’s the bleach, I’m telling you…)
  • Alstroemeria
  • Roses (mini roses last longer for me)
  • Dahlias
  • Daisies
  • Carnations (not my favorite flower, but man do they last a long time)
  • Gladiolas (IF you are good at changing the water, you should get 8-10 days)

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