• Catherine Joy

Fresh-Cut Flowers: Their Benefits and Tips to Make Them Last Longer

Updated: Sep 13




Fresh flowers - I absolutely love having them in the house! I have found there to be so many benefits to having fresh-cut flowers:

  1. Improve the home aesthetic - obviously

  2. Increase mood - I just can't help but smile when I see them

  3. They smell nice - especially roses, lavender, and lilacs!

  4. They seem to reduce stress (fresh-cut flowers have a calming-effect on me).

  5. Some even reportedly help you sleep and/or boost your memory.

I honestly don't buy them enough, but every once in awhile I will either treat myself to a bouquet from the grocery store or John will surprise me with a bunch (like this lovely white rose bouquet)! Some of my favorite flowers to have in the home are hydrangeas, peonies, roses, or whatever in-season wildflower assortments are being sold at the neighborhood farmer's market!


My one disappointment with fresh flowers is that they never seem to last long enough. However, I have learned a few tips and tricks along the way to maximize the life of them:

  1. Keep the flowers in a cool place before arranging in the vase (there's a reason why some stores keep their fresh-cut flowers in a fridge!)

  2. Be sure your vase is clean and disinfected before using.

  3. Fill the vase with room-temperature water.

  4. Use flower food (follow the instructions on the package for mixing with water).

  5. Using clean scissors, cut a couple inches off the stems at an angle before arranging them in the vase.

  6. Remove any lower leaves so they are not hanging in the water (only the stems should be placed in the water).

  7. Place the arrangement in a cool to room-temp area.

  8. Avoid placing the arrangement in direct sunlight.

  9. Replace the water in the vase every few days and re-cut the stems when you do.

Enjoy your longer lasting flowers!

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