How to care for fresh flowers

Who doesn’t love fresh flowers? Not only do they brighten up a room but they make the perfect gift for someone special (or even yourself). Whether you’ve just received a gorgeous native flower bouquet or everlasting flowers, you’ll want to enjoy them for as long as possible! That’s why we’ve put together this guide on how to care for fresh flowers.

How to care for fresh flowers from BloomBar

  • Once you receive your flowers, cut the ends of the stems with sharp scissors.
  • Place the flowers in a vase with fresh water.
  • Every few days, change the water and re-cut the stems.
  • If you buy flowers in a vase, there will already be water. So you only need to follow the above steps the day after you get the flowers. 
  • If you buy flowers in floral form, you just need to top up the water daily so the flowers don’t dry out.

How do you make fresh flowers last longer? 

When you’re learning how to care for fresh flowers, there are a few fresh flower care tips you can use to make them last even longer. 

Keep them hydrated

Flowers are thirsty! Especially after they’ve been freshly cut. As soon as you receive your bouquet, pop them in a vase with fresh water and be sure to top up the water as needed (hot tip: any time your flowers have been out of water, cut them before they go back in!). You should also change the water in the vase every few days as it will help your flowers stay fresher for longer. 

We also recommend cleaning out the vase with hot soapy water regularly as this will prevent a build up of bacteria.

Prune & trim

As soon as you get your flower bouquet, we recommend trimming the ends of the stems before you put them into water. This will help the flowers to suck up more water! Cut about 1-2 inches off the bottom of the stems and cut the stem at an angle. Make sure you use garden shears or sharp scissors, as a blunt edge can damage the stem’s cells and make it harder for the flowers to soak up water. 

On top of this, you should also remove any dead leaves and petals regularly, and any leaves below the water line to prevent the growth of bacteria.

Keep your flowers away from heat & bright light

Unlike plants, freshly cut flowers don’t need sunlight! So make sure to keep your floral arrangement away from any windows as the sun and heat will make the flowers “mature” faster. We also recommend keeping them away from any drafts, cooling vents and other sources of heating too, as these will dry out your flowers.

Avoid fruit & vegetables

Ripening fruit gives off an odourless gas called ethylene which can reduce the longevity of your bouquet. So it’s best to keep your gorgeous bouquet far away from them (especially apples and bananas!).

Now you know how to care for fresh flowers, why not spoil that special someone or treat yourself to your own bouquet! We offer delivery Adelaide-wide and have flowers for all occasions, including birthdays, graduations, sympathy and more.

Flower care FAQs

How long do fresh flowers last without water?

Without water, your neutral flower arrangement or seasonal market bunches won’t last very long! We recommend that your flowers should not be left out of water any longer than an hour.

Do you put flowers in hot or cold water?

Once you receive your flowers, you should place them in room temperature water. But if you have blooms that you want to open/bloom faster, warm water can speed this process up! 

Pro tip: 

  • Some flowers such as peonies and Sunflowers we encourage to "scold"
  • Give the stems a fresh cut. Boil a kettle and add about 2 inches to a vessel. Hold the freshly cut stems in this boiling water for around 30 seconds to 1 minute. Then plunge into room temperature water. This will encourage any blocked ducts to open and allow the water to travel up to the top of the stem. 
  • This will help troubleshoot a stubborn Peony or help Sunflowers with limp necks!

Do cut flowers need sunlight?

Cut flowers do not need sunlight to survive, in fact keeping them directly in front of a window can actually dry them out! Since they’ve already been cut away from the main plant, you can put them anywhere in your home.