How to Make Flowers Last Longer

Follow These Tips to Keep your Flowers Lasting Longer Than Ever Before

By Gina LiVorio Posted on 9/18/2019

Flowers look and smell so beautiful, and they’re often used as a sentimental gift for loved ones. For these reasons and more, it’s understandable why we would want them to last as long as possible.

It’s always a sad day when we wake up in the morning to notice our prized flower bouquet is wilting or already dead. Maybe you received flowers as an anniversary, birthday or thank you gift. Maybe you picked your flower bouquet straight from your outdoor garden and you’re proud of the vibrant flowers that bloomed as a result of your hard work. Whatever the case, you’ll want to enjoy them for an extended period of time. Below are some tips to keep your flowers lasting longer than ever before.

Homemade Remedies

Homemade remedies such as using vodka, apple cider vinegar, sprite, sugar, bleach, pennies, hair spray or crushed aspirin in the water of your flowers are said to make them last longer than usual. If you have any of these items at home already, it’s worth a try.

Cut Stems

Cutting the stems is an important step to preserving your flowers at home. Before you put your flowers in the vase of your choice, cut the stems at an angle. We recommend cutting about 1-2 inches off the end of your flowers, using scissors or a sharp kitchen knife.


Remove any dead leaves or petals that could hinder your flower bouquet. Any leaves that fall below the water line need to be removed as well, because they can breed bacteria and kill the flowers.

Cool Temperature

Simply put, flowers last longer in cold temperatures. Keep them away from windowsills filled with sunlight that might give off too much heat. In addition, keep them away from A/C or heat vents that can dehydrate them and cause them to die prematurely.

Change Water/Flower Food Mixture

This is the most common step to overlook or not know you should do. In order to keep your flowers healthy, the water and flower food mixture should be changed every few days.


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