How To Make Flowers Last Longer

Last Updated on June 21, 2023 by Ellen Christian

Do you wonder how to make flowers last longer? I love getting flowers but it can be disappointing when they fade too quickly. 

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How To Make Flowers Last Longer With These Tips

How To Make Flowers Last Longer

 If I had my way, I would have flowers on my desk all year long.   They’re pretty, they smell good, and they make me smile.  

Flowers are a wonderful way to brighten up a room.  That holds true whether the room is your office or your dining room.

Now that I work at home, I tend to keep my flowers in the living room because that’s where I work.  It also tends to be the room that gets the most sunlight.  

I don’t place the flowers directly in the sun since that can cause some varieties to fade more quickly. Instead, I place them in a central location that receives indirect light like on my coffee table or entertainment center.

Now, here’s how to make flowers last longer once you’ve received them.


Put a crushed aspirin in the water before you add the flowers.  Aspirin increases the acidity in the water which will help them last longer. Make sure to change the water in the vase every few days for best results.

a bottle of bleach on a wooden counter


The leaves and stems will slowly rot since the flowers are dead once they are cut. To stop the growth of bacteria in your water which can affect how long they last, add a 1/4 teaspoon of bleach per quart of water.

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When you place the flowers in your vase, give them a quick spray of hairspray on the bottom of the leaves and petals. It really does work because it helps to stop them from drooping.

Do you wonder how to make flowers last longer? I love getting flowers but it can be disappointing when they fade too quickly. 


Add 1/4 cup of Sprite to your vase along with the water. The sugar from the soda will help them stay fresh longer because it acts as food. You can skip the Sprite and instead stir in a tablespoon or two of plain sugar if you like.

Vinegar and Sugar

Mix 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar and 2 tablespoons sugar with the water in your vase to help them last longer. Vinegar will help kill bacteria and sugar will act as food.

Have you ever tried any of these tips? Which works best for you?

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6 thoughts on “How To Make Flowers Last Longer”

  1. I have never heard of this before! I love fresh cut flowers in my home but it is so expensive to purchase them all the time….but, if I can make them last longer then it might be worth it!


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