Have you ever wondered how to keep your flowers alive and thriving for the longest amount of time? 

VVancouver Valentine's Day Flowers
VVancouver Valentine's Day Flowers

Our tips and tricks of flower care have lasted the test of time and taught us how to keep flowers fresher for longer. We are delighted to share them here with you.

Where flowers live: 

Your blooms will open to their fullest beauty faster if you place them in a bright space. Cooler, darker spaces will give you a few extra days to enjoy your flowers. Your flowers prefer to shine in the shade.

  • If your bouquet is on show near a window, make sure it doesn’t get all-day, direct sunlight. This speeds up blooming and consequently, wilting. Instead, move it to a cool, shady spot at night. 
  • Avoid drafty spots. Your flowers don’t thrive with temperatures that yo-yo.
  • Avoid putting flowers close to heat sources like radiators. The warmth generated shortens the vase life.
  • Don’t place your bouquet near the fruit bowl. It may look great for a still life painting, but the ethylene gas that ripening fruit releases will make your flowers wilt faster.

What flowers need:

These simple steps make all the difference to the health and longevity of your flowers. 

  • Clean, drinkable water: To keep your flowers looking fresh and hydrated, make sure your vase is always ⅓ full with clean water.
  • Refreshment: Offer your flowers a drink of clean water every other day.
  • A fresh trim for hydration: Give your flowers a trim with sharp clippers when you receive your bouquet and whenever you change their water. This enables them to keep drinking. 
  • Consistent, cool temperatures: A quick change in temperature from warm to cold, or visa versa, makes for unhappy flowers. Hot temperatures speed up bacteria growth in your vase, turning it cloudy and the bottom of your stems slimy — yuck.

What about flower food, or other additives rumoured to keep flowers alive? Our Creative Director put these methods to the test, and you might be surprised by the results! Flower food came in last, compared to fresh, clean water. Read all about it here! 

VVancouver Valentine's Day Flowers
VVancouver Valentine's Day Flowers

Vase Care:

The vessel your flowers live in creates an environment of its own for them to thrive within. These tips will create a fresh environment for lasting blooms.


  • In between uses, be sure first to rinse the vase with water, removing any dust or greens.
  • Next use a sponge with a gentle detergent to properly clean the vase on both the inside and the outside.  
  • Use a detergent without cleaning acids that are harsh on flowers like vinegar or bleach which is harmful to the earth. 
  • Lastly, rinse clean with water and dry with a clean towel.

Rehydrating delicate stems:

Often the most delicate stems can find it hard to rehydrate after being cut, but this magic trick can bring them back to life in just a few hours.


  • Give the stems a clean, angled cut, and place the bottom of the stems (5cm or so) into just BOILED water for approx 30 seconds. The hot water forces air out from the stems and encourages water absosption.
  • Lean the stems to the side, to minimise the steam reaching the flower heads. (You can also wrap the flower heads in paper to protect them.)
  • As you see the stems brown a little at the bottom, remove and place in cool water.

Hydrating hard and fibrous stems:

Fibrous branches and stems take an extra special touch. We have two favourite ways of aiding them to drink all of the water they need.


  • With a hammer or scissors, pound the end of the branch or stem for about 5cm to open it up. This creates a large area to be exposed to water.
  • Cut the middle of the end of a thick branch to create a split, or shaved off the bottom sides, to expose more inside fiber. This enlarges the surface area of water absirption.
  • These methods are best for stems and branches such as maple, dogwood, clematis, smokebush, and similar stems.

Floral Design for: Megan Baker Interiors 

Photographer: Janis Nicolay