How to Make Your Bouquet Last Longer

For the record, flowers are the way to my heart.

I took floral design at the University of Illinois as an elective. What I didn’t know was how much I would fall in love with the art of making a flower arrangement.

It’s so much fun and there actually is an element of spacial design + science to it. And the business aspect of inventory and supply chain was fascinating. I have a mad respect for floral shop owners and the art of their trade.

Let’s be real: buying flowers is expensive (but oh so worth it)! And, I don’t think flowers are just for special occasions. I love having them around the home. So, if you’re going to spend money routinely on flowers, you need to know how to take care of them.


Exhibit A:

Brandon got me three dozen roses for Valentine’s Day. They were the best thing to come home to - besides Brandon himself! I was like a kid on Christmas.

Fast forward to two days later and a few were looking a little sad, so it was time to bust out the sheers and make them last longer!

Here’s how to make your flowers live longer:

  • First things first: replace your water and food. When that water gets all discolored and filmy, your flowers are trying to tell you they’re grossed out and need a better environment to thrive in! Replace your water with room temperature water and add new Floralife or whatever food came with your flowers. Expert hint: I never use all of it with an arrangement. I only use about half of a packet.

  • Make sure there are no leaves in the water. This adds oxygen to the water and it makes the flowers wilt faster. Always make sure there are no leaves or petals in your water.

  • Trim the stems! Fresh stems will allow the cells to absorb water. Make sure you’re using sharp shears and not dull scissors when you trim them. Do it at an angle and run them under water when you do it!

I recommend executing all three of these steps frequently to make your fresh flowers live for almost two weeks. Get your money’s worth!

I’ve also heard some wives tales too about adding a penny to the bottom of the vase, or bleach or apple cider vinegar, but I’ve never tested any of these out. Usually, new water, fresh food, removing leaves and trimming the steps will do the trick!

sarah adell