Flowers can add a special touch to just about any environment. They can add elegance and décor to an occasion or they can send a message of love or thanks to that special someone. We all know, however, that flowers perish. It is important to understand how to care for your fresh flowers so you are able to make them last and enjoy them as long as possible.

Different Useful Techniques For Different Types of Arrangements

Making your fresh flowers last is not difficult if you understand which techniques to employ. They will depend on the type of arrangement you have. Here are several types you might encounter:

  • Arrangements – If you have an arrangement, you will need to check that the flowers have plenty of water each day. There is usually a watering hole that can be found in the back of the arrangement. Make sure that it is filled with water and do not let it run dry.
  • Bouquets – If you have a bouquet, you should cut the stems several millimeters before placing them in water. The reason for this is because there are special vessels in the stem that allows them to draw water up and when they are snipped, they can absorb the water more easily. It helps the flowers last longer.
  • Dry Arrangements – Dried flowers are quite lovely but they can be delicate, as well. In order to keep them clean, you can use a hairdryer on the cool setting and blow dust off of your flowers that way. Take care to do so you do not damage any of the petals.

Other Tips To Make Them Last

Many florists will provide a preservative with their arrangements. It is a good thing to use it. If you choose not to use it, we recommend staying away from other home remedies intended to extend the life of your flowers. Some of these include bleach but if you are not exactly sure what you are doing you will not help to maintain the freshness of the flowers. Instead, just replace the water each day or every other day in order to keep the arrangement fresh.

As your arrangement ripens, you will find dead blooms on there. You should remove all of these and the newer flowers will survive longer.

It is also important to keep your arrangements away from televisions, microwaves and heaters and also from draughts.

There is a gas that is released by fruits and vegetable as they ripen called ethylene. This gas can accelerate the deterioration of flowers so be sure to keep your arrangements away from fruits and vegetables.

Care For Specific Types of Flowers

All types of care are not equal when it comes to keeping flowers fresh. Each type of flower can require a different level of care. Here are some common types and tips that will help them last.


  • It is important that you remove any water pouches found on each stem.
  • If there are leaves located below the line that you have the water placed then be sure to remove any of those leaves as they will decay quickly in the water.
  • Be sure to cut at an angle when you cut the stem. This can be at around 3 or 4 cm. The roses will be able to access the water more easily than if they were flat.
  • Make sure the vase is clean.
  • Use warmer water. You do not want it to be hot but not cold either. Tepid is the best temperature as the oxygen is easier to be drawn up.
  • Get rid of old petals


  • When you receive tulips, they come still as buds and will open up over the next few days.
  • After a few days, cut the tulips at the bottom of the stem at an angle.
  • Do NOT clean out the water. Tulips prefer water that is NOT clean.
  • They do not tolerate the flower preservatives so do not use them.
  • Tulips will continually grow even after cut so putting them near a sunny window will allow them to continue to grow.
  • Do not be discouraged by the tulips’ droopy appearance. This is completely normal.
  • Do not wire the stems because this is damaging to them.


  • Gerberas should be cut at the bottom of the stem at an angle.
  • They do not need or like a lot of water. Around 5cm of water is appropriate and keeps the stems from getting too waterlogged.
  • If you prick with a pin the stem below the head of the flower will help it to not droop.
  • Gerberas do well with flower preservatives.


  • Lilies like to be in a lot of light.
  • Cut the stems at the bottom at an angle every couple of days or so.
  • Lilies stamens can stain so in order to prevent this, remove all of the stamens once they are fully open.
  • Use the flower preservatives.


  • Take off the pouches of water located on the stems.
  • Take off leaves that you think will be sitting in the water inside the container or vase.
  • Cut the bottom of the stems at an angle under water. Be careful not to damage the stems while cutting them. This will make it difficult for them to draw up the water.
  • Use a clean vase.
  • When refilling the water, use room temperature or tepid water. The oxygen is more easily accessible to the flowers at this temperature.
  • Be sure to change out the water every couple of days or so.

Caring for flowers is not hard work but it does take some consistent effort. If you are familiar with the type of flowers you have, you will be better equipped to care for them. Flowers are beautiful and can bring joy to just about any occasion. Making them last is worth the effort.