How To Make Cut Flowers Last &

Live their best life


The reality is, not all flowers will live a long time.

Some flowers are old before you buy them -- and some need special care. Some just naturally bloom for a very short time.

Here is how to make cut flowers last longer and acheive your best flower experience:

Choose Flower Varieties That Give The Best Value

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Choose fresher flowers at the store

  • Avoid flowers that have been trimmed at the top. Cut branches can indicates they have already had to be pruned to make them look fresher
  • Be aware that “sale” price may mean a shorter flower life — no matter what you do — because they want to clear out old inventory
  • Look for green and vibrant stems – dark stems or yellow on leaves can be a sign of stress – also loose or yellowed pollen indicates flowers are already past their prime
  • Smell: If you detect a musty or unpleasant odor, pass on that bouquet, it’s already older than you think
  • Be aware that some retailers will “mix” old and new flowers to try to maximize their inventory. Look carefully at a bouquet to make sure all the flowers Look fresh and consistent

How to Make cut Flowers Last Longer Than Ever Before:

Give Flowers What They Crave

After cutting flowers, their survival depends on absorbing nutrients from the water. That’s where Flower Boosters shines. 

Our advanced formula stimulates the stems, encouraging better water uptake and nutrient absorption — not mystery chemcials like other flower foods. 

Witness the transformation as your flowers stay hydrated, bloom bigger, and maintain their freshness like never before with a floral food for cut flowers that focuses on keeping flowers alive after you bring them home.

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cut flower food

How Much Flower Boosters Do You Need In A Vase?

Using Flower Boosters

We recommend using 1 tablespoon of Flower Boostesr in 2 cups of water or 2 tablespoons per quart. Follow these guidelines below:

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Why Measure By The Cup?

Does it matter how strong your coffee is in the morning or how much flavor is in your tea?  

We optimize your flower’s vitality with Flower Boosters – because caring for your vase water is as crucial as your morning coffee. Just as you wouldn’t settle for a weak cup of coffee to kickstart your day, flowers also thrive on the right blend of water and nutrients too!

Don’t Drown The Flowers!

Most flowers don’t live in a lake and they won’t live longer by drowning them in vase water. In fact, water will break down the stems. That’s why you want to only keep flowers in about 3 inches of treated water. You will be maintaining the integrity of the stems above the water line and giving your flowers the ability to live longer. 

That’s why you also want to trim the flowers when you give them fresh water every few days.

Trim The Flowers

But before the flowers can take in nutrients, they have to be able to drink. 

You know how frustrating it feels to try to use a straw that has a hole in it. That’s how your flowers feel when their stems can’t take in nutrients. 

To allow your flowers to take a nice deep sip, trim the stems diagonally (for maximum surface area) so the stems have a clear path to take in the nutrients they need. 

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Keep The Water Fresh

Do you like fresh, clean water? So do your flowers. 

For optimal results, use filtered water in your vase. Flowers will live longer in filtered water. Why?

Municiple water can vary greatly in the amount of minerals or chemicals it contains. Those minerals can clog the stems or react negatively to the flowers and make it harder for flowers to live as long as they can.  

Filtered water will also stay clean longer (being less likely to breed bacteria). Filtered water should be changed every 3-4 days. Tap water should be changed every 2-3 days. 

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Easy Steps to Keep Your Flowers Fresh

  1. Fill a clean vase so it covers the stem bottoms with about 2 inches of fresh water. Don’t drown the flowers in too much water.  It will make the stems decay faster — they don’t exist in nature like and they don’t like it. 
  2. Add Flower Boosters according to the measurement guide above.
  3. Cut 1/2 inch from each flower stem at a 45-degree angle.
  4. Place the flowers in a cool area, away from direct sunlight and drafts.
  5. Change the treated water every few days, using filtered (perferred) or tap water. We have noticed that tap water will create bacteria faster than filtered water so take that into consideration.
  6. Enjoy better-looking flowers for longer!

Easy Maintenance

  • Clean the vase when you replace the treated water.
  • Re-trim the flower stems

Refer to this 15-second video for a quick demonstration of these steps. 

Special Care Considerations
For Roses, Tulips and Daffodils

For optimal results, roses prefer a milder water mixture; so, halve the formula. Tulips, daffodils, and carnations follow this preference. On the other hand, chrysanthemums, daisies, and lilies – staples in most retail bouquets – thrive with a bit more boost, rewarding you with prolonged freshness – those are the flowers we set our standard guidelines for.

Refer To the visual guide below for care tips

How To Make Cut Flowers Last Longer

Special Care For Gerbera Daisies

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Prune Dying Flowers

If you find one flower dying faster than the others, be sure to prune it from the bouquet. Why? Dying flowers give off a gas that will trigger the others flowers to wilt quicker too!  By eliminating a flower that is fading, you can make the remaining flowers last longer!


Every had a flower suddenly wilt? Sometimes flowers get air bubbles in their stems that can cause a sudden droop or head wilting. Sometimes the flowers had too much stress in transit. When a flower suddenly has water stop being transported to the flower, it will show a sudden droop.

But before you dispair, try to revive them with a quick soak.

Place the flowers in a cool bath of clean water in a sink or baking dish. Enough water to cover the flower and enough room for the flower to be able to lay flat and regain the full extended shape. Be sure to cover the bottom stems with water and retrim before placing them back in the vase (to be sure there are no air bubbles formed while soaking). 

Let the flower soak in water for about 30 mintues and you should see it revive and thrive!  

Sudden Droop

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Quick 30 minute Submersion Under Water

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Fully Refreshed

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