How To Care For Cut Flowers


Whether you enjoy flowers from your garden or from a florist, the truth is cut flowers don't last forever.
We have created some quick tips on how to get the longest life from your cut flowers.


Cut flower stems with a pair of clean, sharp secateurs or scissors on a sharp angle. Ideally you will cut 1-3cms off at the end of the flower stems.


Make sure your vase is clean with fresh room temp water and that is it high enough to support the flowers. You can always add flower food to help slow down the opening of your flowers.


Strip any leaves from the stems that will be submerged or float in the water. Ideally, the water should be changed every second day - the cleaner you keep the water the longer your blooms will last. Flower food will also help to fight bacteria.


Avoid placing the flowers in direct sunlight or directly under/near air conditioning or heating vents.


Some fresh flowers will last longer cut than others. As flowers begin to wilt, carefully remove them to keep the optimum condition for the flowers that are still blooming.

Some of the longest-lasting cut flowers include:

  • Chrysanthemums
  • Zinnias
  • Orchids
  • Alstromeria and Lilies
  • Sunflowers
  • Anthurium
  • Natives, such as protea and banksias
  • Tulips

Got a question about a particular variety? Send us a quick email to, we would love to help out.