How to Preserve Flowers

Ever wonder how to preserve flowers once they've been cut? Enjoy these tried-and-true tips for keeping cut bouquets bright and beautiful.

How to Preserve Flowers: Vases of fresh flowers

How to Preserve Flowers

Place flowers in an uncrowded container of tepid water with added floral preservative. Photography by Thea Folls.

How to Preserve Flowers: Flowers in a basket

How to Preserve Flowers

Ethylene gas from fruits, vegetables and gas fumes can damage fresh flowers. Photography by Thea Folls.

How to Preserve Flowers: Small bouquet in vase

How to Preserve Flowers

Trim stems with a knife at a 45-degree angle. Photography by Carol Disalvo.

How to Preserve Flowers: Floral lantern arrangement

How to Preserve Flowers

Display an arrangement in a cool spot. Photography by Thea Folls.

How to Preserve Flowers: Large bouquet in urn

How to Preserve Flowers

Rinse the container and change the water to keep it clean. Photography by Thea Folls.

 

Ever wonder the best way how to preserve flowers once they’ve been cut? Extend your bouquets’ vase life with these simple suggestions for keeping petals in peak condition:

  • Cut flowers for your bouquet in the morning, after the dew dries but before the day gets hot.
  • Choose flowers that are opening rather than those  that are in full bloom.
  • Trim stems with a sharp knife at a 45-degree angle, removing low-hanging foliage.
  • Place bouquet in an uncrowded vase of tepid water as soon as possible; add a floral preservative.
  • Display bouquet arrangements in a cool spot away from fans, air conditioners and heating vents.
  • Don’t place cut flowers near fruits and vegetables, smoke or gas fumes—many are ethylene-sensitive.
  • Recut bouquet stems after two or three days as needed.
  • Rinse the container and change the water. You want to keep your vases as clean as your teacups.

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