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How To Prolong the Life of Cut Flowers

Fresh Cut FlowersAsk The Expert: just wondering, is  there a way to  prolong the life of cut flowers!!
thanks – bn

Flower Shop Network Plant Expert Reply:
Yes. The proper preparation will extend the life of cut flowers. There is some information on Flower Shop Network’s Blog that might be helpful to you.

Read Important Tips for Arranging Flowers at Home

Quick Tips For Prolonging The Life Of Cut Flowers:

  • Place stems or bouquets of fresh flowers in water as soon as possible.
  • Add preservative to the water. Preservative packets can be found at local flower shops.
  • Keep fresh flowers away from draft and extreme temperatures which can quickly dry the flowers and cause wilting.
  • Avoid placing flower arrangements in windowsills and other areas of full sun where flowers can wilt due to overheating.
  • All flower stems should be submerged in water. Decline of fresh flowers occurs much more quickly after stems have been removed from water.
  • To maintain fresh flowers longer, trim the stems and change to fresh water after a few days.
  • Immediately remove dead or wilting stems from fresh flower arrangements.

Hope this information is helpful. Please let me know if I can assist you with anything else.


  1. Corina Redich says:

    I have a cut flower that my son gave me from his graduation, the end of May. I was going to throw it out but there are new leaves growing on it and the new leaves look very healthy. I was wondering how and what caused this to happen? Is there any explanation for this?

  2. Hi Corina,

    A few new leaves may grow but without roots your flower won’t be able to survive. The new leaves are developing from stored energy. You can try rooting it if you want by snipping the stem and inserting it into a sharp sand or sand/compost mix in a deep pot. Here is a step-by-step process on how to grow plants from cut flowers. Hope this helps.

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