How to Keep Flowers Fresh for Longer

Freshly cut flowers are a great way to add a pop of colour to any space. But nothing is more disappointing than seeing your newly bought blooms perish a few days later. However, making the flowers stay fresh for longer than just a few days can be a tricky task.

It should also be noted that, choosing flowers known to last longer like lilies and carnations is a wise move, while zinnias and chrysanthemums can hold out for about two to three weeks. At Midas Flower Delivery, we have naturally longer lasting flowers and many more other to choose from. And with the tips below, we guarantee your blooms will last longer.

Keeping flowers fresh in a warm climate like Nairobi can be a bit tricky, but with the right approach, you can extend their lifespan considerably. Here are some tips on how to keep your flowers fresh for longer:

  1. Ensure Sufficient Hydration

Fresh water: Change the water in your vase every 2-3 days, using lukewarm water for most flowers. Rinse the vase thoroughly each time to prevent bacteria growth. You can also add some fizzy drink like Sprite or lemonade, being acidic, which enables water to travel up the stem more quickly.

Trim the stems: Every time you change the water, recut the stems at a 45-degree angle with a sharp knife or pruners. This increases the surface area for water absorption.

Misting: Consider misting the petals lightly with a spray bottle, especially during hot days. Avoid drenching them, as this can encourage fungal growth.

Commercial flower food: Add a flower food packet to the water according to the manufacturer’s instructions. This provides essential nutrients and helps regulate pH levels.

  • Flower Placement Locations

Cool spots: Keep your flowers away from direct sunlight, drafts, and heat sources like radiators or ovens. You can opt for a spot in the shade or cooler areas of your home.

Nighttime boost: If possible, place your flowers in a cool room or even the refrigerator overnight. This helps them rehydrate and revitalize.

Avoid ripening fruit: Keep your flowers away from ripening fruits, as they release ethylene gas that can accelerate flower aging.

  • Flower-specific Recommendations

Roses: Remove any thorns and leaves below the waterline to prevent bacterial growth. You can also dip the stem ends in melted wax to seal them and prevent water loss.

Get lovely Enchanted White Roses today.

Lilies: Remove the stamen to prevent pollen staining and prolong their life.

You can get your lilies at

Hydrangeas: Fill the vase with a mixture of water and glycerine to keep the blooms plump and prevent wilting.

  • Additional Tips

Use a clean vase: Use a clean vase made of glass, ceramic, or another non-porous material to prevent bacteria growth.

Get this Sunflower Bouquet with Vase and brighten your day.

Group similar flowers: Arrange flowers with similar water needs together to avoid conflicts in watering schedules.

Deadheading: Remove wilted blooms and leaves promptly to encourage new growth and prevent the spread of disease. Also, remove any leaves below the water line as these breed bacteria.

By following these tips, you can enjoy your beautiful flowers for longer even in the warm climate like that of Nairobi. Remember, regular care and attention are key to keeping your floral arrangements fresh and vibrant.

I hope this helps!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are makes.

Select your Currency
KES Kenyan Shilling