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How to keep your flowers fresher longer:

Here's how to maximise your petal-power.

Keep it cool.

Get your flowers home quickly. Leaving a bunch in a hot car for an hour will take days off its life. Keep it clean: The two things that shorten the life of cut flowers are bacteria in the water and blockages in the stem that prevent the flowers taking up water. Scrub your vase thoroughly with bleach and rinse them well.

Make the cut

Make a clean cut with sharp scissors at least 2 cm (and all the white part of the stem of bulb flowers like tulips and daffodils). Always cut at an angle to maximise the cut surface area, and prevent stems being blocked when resting on the bottom of the vase. Strip stems of any leaves that will be below the water line which will rot and create bacteria.

Water! Water!

Whenever possible use softened, de-mineralised water. Vases should be at least half full, thirsty flowers can drink a lot, but hairy stemmed flowers such as gerberas don't like to get out of their depth- a maximum of 7cm of water is all they need. Hard stemmed flowers such as roses can respond to warm water but bulb flowers such as daffodils, hyacinth and tulips should have cold water, they love an ice-cube in their drink.

Don't mix: Bulb flowers such as daffodils and narcissi shouldn't be included in mixed bunches. The  daffodil "slime" they emit from their stems is toxic to other flowers.

Open Up!

To encourage flowers to open they need heat and light: a warm sunny room (avoid fan heaters) warm water and leave the lights on overnight. Don't remove the greenish outer petal around rosebuds to make them open faster- they just die sooner.

Bold arrangements of flowers and fruit can be very striking but they won't last as long. The ethylene given off by the fruit speeds up the deterioration of any produce around it. Dying flowers will do the same thing, so pull them out to extend the life of the whole arrangement.


Flowers need to be fed. Always use the sachet that arrives with your bouquet of flowers, or make your own home made flower preservative from 3 parts warm water to 1 part lemon-lime soda (not diet soft drink) or a tablespoon of sugar and two tablespoons of bottled lemon juice per litre of water. Add a quarter of a teaspoon of bleach per litre to both recipes.

Change the Water

This is the single most effective thing you can do to prolong the life of cut flowers. Daily is best. 

Where to put them

Keep your arrangements away from heaters, electrical appliances such as TV's and direct sunlight.  Moving them somewhere cooler overnight will prolong their life. And keep that vase away from the fruit bowl.

 Floral Arrangements/Boxes/Baskets:

Top up water to floral foam every day.


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