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Keep Flowers Fresh

Keep Flowers Fresh

I’ve grown to love having fresh flowers at home. When I was younger I always saw them as a waste of money even on Valentine’s Day. Maybe I was spoiled by the fact that my mother had a lovely orchid garden or that I could go places with a lot of greenery whenever I felt like that it wasn’t something that I missed.

Now that we live in the city, have something green in our space brightens up the room. I try to make the flowers last as long as possible since it is still a luxury to have fresh flowers on a regular basis. Knowing how to keep flowers fresh allows you to enjoy a bouquet for weeks and weeks on end.

Wild Flower Arrangement in Singapore

Rules to extend the life of flower arrangements:

  1. Ask your florist for advise on which type of flowers last long. We prefer to buy flowers that can be left to air dry and stay pretty for weeks.
  2. Make sure that the water has some plant food mixed in. Make sure that the water remains fresh and free of bacteria. Check the water level every 2 days and change the water if necessary.
  3. Trim the stems so that the flowers are able to absorb the water better
Plant Food Ingridients

Make your own plant food from simple home ingridients

You can buy some flower food solution from your florist but I prefer to make my own using basic household ingredients.


  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp bleach
  • lukewarm water


  1. Dissolve the sugar in water.
  2. Make your own fresh flower food solution

    Dissolve sugar in water

  3. Add lemon and mix well.
  4. Fresh Flower Plant Food

    Add lemon and bleach

  5. Add bleach.

I didn’t want to rust my tin pail so I keep the plant food in the plastic cup and placed that in the pail.
I trim the stems before placing flowers in a vase or container and help it absorb the plant food.

How to trim stems:

It is best to use a pair of gardening shears or a sharp knife to trim the stem by 1-2 inches. It is not advisable to use a pair of scissors since it tends to crush the stems. Unfortunately I only had a pair of scissors handy so I had to make do.

Cut the stem at a 45 degree angle

Once you have trimmed the stem, submerge it in water immediately so that air bubbles do not have the opportunity to form in the stem and possibly impede your flowers from absorbing nutrients from the plant food solution.

Make sure that there are no foliage that is submerged in water. Removed any leaves or small branches since they tend to rot quickly in water and this will encourage bacteria growth.

We would love to hear about how you keep your cut flowers fresh. Do you have any tips you’d love to share with us?