May 02, 2018
Categories: Garden

Spring is easily the best time of the year to bring some fresh cut flowers from your garden or yard into your home. It’s a free way to brighten up your table, or you can make a bouquet to brighten someone’s day!

Since Mother’s Day is coming up this weekend, we thought we’d share a few quick tips for how to make your fresh cut flowers last as long as possible. A few simple changes in how you cut them and care for them can make a huge difference in how long those blooms stay looking beautiful.

How to Keep Cut Flowers Fresh


  1. When you’re cutting the flowers to bring inside, be sure to cut them at an angle instead of straight across. This makes it easier for the flower to take in water and other nutrients and helps extend their life.  

  2. Plain water won’t cut it! You know how you get those packets of powder to add to your water when you buy flowers from the grocery store? Well, it’s really easy to replicate the same results at home. Simply add 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and 2 tablespoons of sugar for the same nutrient-rich effects!

  3. Help prevent wilting with some hairspray! It might sound crazy, but some say that a quick spritz of hairspray on the leaves and petals can help keep them looking perky for longer (I mean, it works on your hair…).

  4. Crushed asprin can also be a great additive to your water to keep flowers (especially roses) at their prime as long as possible. Simply add 1-2 crushed tablets to your water each time you refresh it. Speaking of refreshing your water...

  5. Finally, don’t forget to change out the water regularly. Give your flowers some fresh water (and a fresh mix of vinegar and sugar) every few days to keep them healthy as long as possible.

For even more tips on keeping your flowers looking their best, check out these other resources: