Tips to Keep Cut Flowers Fresh


  1. There’s no need to spend money on expensive “flower food”; a bit of regular white sugar will do the same trick. If you have a bouquet that came with packets of food from the florist, you can feel comfortable putting half a packet into the vase every 3-4 days.
  2. Just before placing the bouquet in water, freshly cut each stem on an angle, approximately 1” up from the bottom. This ensures whatever sealing occurred in the stem naturally is removed, and water uptake can begin anew.
  3. Remove some or all of the leaves that’ll be below the water line. This will keep the water fresher and longer.
  4. Keeping the vase water fresh is key to extending the life of your bouquet. Change the water every 3-4 days and be sure to rinse the stems to remove any organic matter that may have started to break down.
  5. When harvesting blooms from the garden, ensure the stem is long enough so that you have enough length for 3-4 trimmings. To arrange the flowers in a vase, keep in mind how it’ll look from all sides. The tallest stems should be placed towards the center, with shorter stems on the outer edges. Try mixing and matching flower types, sizes, and colors. There are combinations to suit every home aesthetic, space size, and color scheme. A few blooms can truly brighten up your home!