October 18, 2021 2 min read

Learn how long flowers last once they’ve been cut and how long you can expect to keep flowers alive and looking fresh and lovely once they’re in a vase. Although how long flowers last depends on the type of flower, there are many tricks you can learn to keep them fresher longer. 

How Long Do Flowers Last In Water?

For most types of flowers, the most common length of time they’ll survive in a vase of water is between four to seven days. Many flowers last for an average of a week before they begin to lose their freshness, but many common types of flowers can last longer than that if the right conditions are met. Of course, in the wrong conditions then you may find your beautiful flowers wilting in only a few days. 

How To Keep Flowers Fresh 

One of the big mistakes people make when displaying an arrangement of beautiful flowers in a vase is the temperature of the water. Avoid using cold tap water for your flower bouquet. Water that is too cold or too hot will only make the flowers wilt faster. The water should be warm when you first place the flowers in it. 

You may know to cut the stems of your flowers before you arrange them in the vase, to make sure they fit and create the most eye catching presentation. But did you know cutting flower stems can help you preserve your blooms? Make sure to cut the stem at an angle, not straight. 

An angular cut helps increase the amount of water each blossom can take and prevents it from sitting flat on the bottom of the vase and cutting off its water supply entirely. Even if each stem is already a good length for your chosen vase, cutting it again at an angle is a great way to help every bloom thrive. 

A famous British nanny once said, “a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.” While that may be poor advice for people, a spoonful of sugar dissolved into the water of your vase will help nourish your flowers and keep them alive and looking vibrant for longer.

How Do You Make A Bouquet Last Longer?

While considering and implementing these simple tips will help preserve the longevity of your beautiful flowers, it’s also important to consider that many types of flowers last longer than in a vase than others. Carnations are one of the most popular flowers for gifting in a floral bouquet, and they also hold up so well when displayed in a vase. Other flowers such as chrysanthemums, tulips and peonies are well known flowers that can last for longer than average in a vase, especially if given the right care.