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How to extend the life of fresh flowers.

Updated: Feb 16, 2022


This post is always popular in February. If you get flowers on Valentine’s Day, you can follow these tips to keep them alive and looking pretty for longer.

These tips are based on science, which means they actually work!

Be sure to check out more of our flower tips here.

1. Cut stems

Always cut a good inch off the bottom at an angle. This will freshen up the bottom and allow the flower to soak up more water.

2. Trim leaves

Trim off excess leaves. Especially with roses, all the extra leaves around the base take up space, and the cut will soak up enough water to feed those leaves too.

3. Prepare vase

Always prepare the vase with the little packets of food it comes with. The science behind this stuff is to reduce bacteria growth, which is what usually makes the fresh cuts rot or die fast.

4. Refrigerate

Every night, pop your vase in the fridge if you have room. This will stop any oxidation and bacteria growth for the time being. This is actually the best away to keep the flowers looking perky too.

5. Trim again

Each day take the flowers out, trim the ends again.

6. Add fresh water

Refill the vase with fresh water every day. Make sure to add some of the plant food with it.

7. A little sun

Make sure the blooms have some window light, but not too much direct sunlight. Since it is winter, you probably won’t have too much hot sunlight coming in, but be mindful of sunlight that is too warm.

It is all about balance!

I learned some of these tips while I was studying horticulture in college. I love how horticulture flowed so well with chemistry.

Alexis Rochester is an investigative chemist, blogger and founder of Chemistry Cachet. She shares science-based skin care, cleaning, gardening and health tips. She was diagnosed with RA at age 10, so she has a passion for pain management tips and research, along with sharing her journey through this disease. When she’s not writing for Chemistry Cachet, she is taking Pilates or Barre classes, and also received her Barre teaching certification this year! She grew up in Stephenville and recently moved back with her daughter, husband and bulldog. You can find her posting pictures and fun stories daily on Instagram. Also look for Chemistry Cachet on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and LinkedIn.


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