How Long Do Flowers Last?
Each flower is different in how long it will last once cut.
Different factors will affect how long your flowers last in a vase, such as:
- The type of flowers you have
- Where you put the vase
- What you add to the water
- The initial quality of the flowers
Most cut flowers can last anywhere from 7-12 days if properly cared for, but there are easy ways and simple tricks to make your bouquets last longer with common household items. However it's also an unfortunate reality that some types of flowers just won't stay upright and bright for more than a few days.
There are lots of things you can do to help your flowers last longer - Read our full tips over on our blog article - How to Keep Flowers Fresh
Some of our favourite lost-lasting flowers which we use in our bouquets include:
Chrysanthemums are always a great choice for bouquets, since the blooms can last up to two weeks
Orchids - As a houseplant, orchid flowers can last for weeks or even months. They won't live quite as long as cut flowers, but most varieties will last for at least two weeks. Check out our orchid plants and arrangements HERE
Carnations - almost always one of the last flowers standing. Carnations can last up to three weeks in a vase, as long as you keep them away from direct sunlight and heat and regularly refresh the water.
Lilies - can have multiple flowers that open at different times. If you're buying an arrangement with lilies, look for flowers that haven't quite opened yet. Once you arrange them in a vase, they'll slowly open up within a few days, lasting for up to two weeks. Check out our lily bouquets HERE
HOW CAN YOU PROLONG THE LIFE OF YOUR FLOWERS?
Cut flowers will eventually wilt, but you can give your lovely arrangements a longer life with extra care.
- Keep flowers cool and out of the sun
- Give your flowers plenty of fresh water regularly and some flower food.
- Use sharp, disinfected shears or a knife to cut stems when you first get flowers. Cut them again in a few days to refresh the ends.
- Cut stems at an angle, underwater, and an inch above the last cut.
- Eliminate bacteria from your flowers’ water.
- Display flowers away from fruits that produce ethylene gas.