If you’ve received fresh flowers or have purchased some yourself, there are ways to extend the vase life so you can enjoy them longer. Follow these super simple tips!
Tip 1: Cut at least 1/4 inch off the stems at a 45 degree angle using sharp flower snips. For woody stems, make a 1-inch vertical cut along the stem too, this allows the flower to take in more water.
Tip 2: Remove any leaves/petals from stems that would touch the water’s surface. No foliage should touch the water.
Tip 3: Fill the vase with cold water AND use flower food packets that often come with bouquets. If you missed any leaves/petals from tip 2, be sure to remove them.
Tip 4: Replace the vase water every day or at least every other day.
Tip 5: Keep the bouquet out of direct sunlight.
Tip 6: When the bouquet has faded, scrub the vase with soap and water to remove any bacteria, so that future flowers can enjoy a clean vase.
Using these tips, here’s what my arrangement looked like on the day I put it together:
Here’s what it looked like on Day 8:
*Unfortuately the lighting wasn’t the same during this shot.
After this photo was taken, I removed some spent blooms of the ranunculus and the stock was getting a bit stinky, so it had to go. The alstroemeria and eucalyptus were hanging on pretty well, though. Overall, not too bad for an 8-day bouquet! I like to remove faded flowers and re-arrange the ones hanging on into smaller vases. Just because a few have died off doesn’t mean the entire bouquet has to go.
Vase life varies by flower-type, certainly not all can survive a week. Hopefully you’ll see a difference when following these tips!
Side note: I didn’t notice this in person, but with the photo comparison you can see that the stock flowers (white flowers) have opened up more, compared to the first photo. How fun!