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Some people think that bouquets only last a day or two and that's just not the case. At least it shouldn't be if you get your flowers from a professional. Some flowers are not meant to be long lived in your vase but most flowers that are being sold as bouquets should last longer than two days. Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your vase life.

  • If your bouquet was out of water for longer than a minute you should trim those stems. About a half an inch ought to do it.
  • If you have flower food, use it! Follow the directions on the packet. It is a measured amount for a specific amount of water.
  • No flower food? Not a problem just make sure to change the water every 2-3 days. Maybe even rinse the stems and your vase. Flowers with hairy or rough stems tend to make the water funky a little faster than those with smooth stems.
  • Remove any foliage that will be below the water line.
  • Use a clean vase, like soap and hot water clean.
  • Keep them away from heat sources like your TV, refrigerator, a sunny window, etc.
  • Remove spent flowers as they fade and enjoy the rest of your flowers. You can even move them into a smaller vase as the amount of flowers decrease.


Specific flower info:

  • Tulips will continue to grow in your vase. A couple of inches is not uncommon. Trim the bottoms or enjoy the evolution of your bouquet.
  • Daffodils and narcissus secrete a slimy solution when cut that is toxic to other flowers, so do not trim the ends if you have narcissus in your bouquet. They can safely be used if you leave them in a vase alone over night. The next day the bleeding will have stopped and will not bother your other flowers.
  • Sweet peas, dahlias, garden roses just don't have that long of a vase life, usually 2-5 days depending on the variety.
  • Flowering kale/cabbage flowers, they are a long lasting cut "flower" and they smell a bit like...well...cabbage. Ii is important to change the water every couple of days.