Flower Care

There are a few steps you can take to prolong the life of your fresh flowers:


  • Always keep the jar or vase filled with fresh water
  • The water level should be high enough to submerge all of the stems in water
  • You can completely dump out the water, clean the jar/container, and refill it with fresh water every few days

Floral Food:

  • Your bouquet already has floral food
  • The goal of floral food is to keep bacteria low
  • Aspirin also does the trick (not ibuprofen, not tylenol)

Cutting stems:

  • Every 2-3 days, remove the flowers from the jar or vase and re-cut the stems
  • Cut approximately 1″ from the bottom of the stem
  • Try to cut it at an angle so the flower can drink more water
  • Use a floral scissors or sharp knife
  • There should not be any leaves/foliage below the waterline (growth for bacteria and fungus)
  • Daffodils are the exception to this — if you cut them, they release sap. Don’t cut them. They live a long time anyway.

Dirty Flowers:

  • Some flowers are considered “dirty” and the water gets murky no matter what (unless you add some bleach to it)
  • These include zinnias and sunflowers
  • Just change the water and trim the stems every few days if it bothers you


  • For best vase life, display them away from direct sunlight or hot/cold vents
  • Placing fresh flowers near ripening fruit can cause them to age prematurely

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