Handling and Care of Fresh Cut Flowers

Flowers always add a beautiful touch to any space, be it at home or at the office. Having flowers in any room is a guaranteed way of adding life to any room and making it look brighter, setting the mood and let’s not forget the sentimental value they have. However, like most people, you might be foregoing having flowers around because they don’t last forever and they might die even before you get to enjoy them. Well, whether you’re getting flowers for yourself, an occasion or getting them for a special someone, we think it’s important you understand how to take care of them.

Here are some tips that’ll help you enjoy your flowers longer while prolonging their longevity;

Cut the Stems and Prune the Petals

Most people don’t know this, but you’re supposed to trim one to two inches off the stems of your flowers at an angle, every few days. The stems of flowers tend to seal themselves and trimming them helps the flowers take up water more efficiently. Pruning the outer petals of flowers also helps prolong their lifespan as this prevents bacterial rot and also ensures that your flowers are blooming fully. We, therefore, recommend you check your flowers every few days and trim the stems as well as remove any dead or lose leaves or petals.

It’s Not Enough to Just Water Them

Whether you’ve hand-picked your flowers from the garden or bought them, they need to be hydrated as soon as possible. It’s easy to think that dipping your flowers in a vase full of water is all that is required to keep them alive. However, there’s an art to watering flowers. First, you should ensure that the vase is clean to prevent your flowers from being infected by any harmful microorganisms. The vase should then be filled with water at room temperature, to which you should add flower food. In the event you don’t have flower food, you can add alternatives such as apple cider vinegar, soda, vodka and even copper coins! These not only help nourish your flowers, but also keep off harmful bacteria from your flowers. Remember to also keep the water fresh by changing it regularly.

The Right Setting Goes a Long Way

Contrary to what people think, flowers thrive in cool temperatures. It is therefore advisable to avoid placing them under direct sunlight or in areas that generate heat such as heating vents. Wind also reduces the lifespan of flowers as it increases their rate of evapotranspiration, causing them to be dehydrated. You should, therefore, also avoid placing flowers near open windows, fans, or cooling vents.


This might sound unconventional to many, but refrigerating flowers has been proven to be one of the most effective ways to prolong their longevity. Flowers that are refrigerated for at least five hours last even up to ten days and still appear fresh and healthy. The cool temperatures help slow down their aging as well as manage bacterial growth. Try leaving your flowers in the fridge (not freezer) overnight and we guarantee they’ll last longer than you thought they would.

Now that you know the do’s and don’ts of caring for flowers, how about putting them to the test? You no longer have to worry about your flowers dying a few hours after you’ve gotten them, with these tips and a little bit of tender, love and care, we know you’ll enjoy your flowers much longer now. We have a wide variety of flowers, bouquets and arrangements we believe you are now well equipped to take care of!

We’d love for you to visit again for more articles on interesting facts, tips, and all things flowers and remember, in a world where you can be anything, be kind.

Love, Midas Royal Events

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