How to Keep Flowers Fresh Longer

Learn how to keep flowers fresh longer—and enjoy your bouquets for more time—with these tips!

pink peonies in vase in front of window

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Make your bouquet of flowers last longer with these simple tips and tricks.

When cutting stems, use a sharp knife or scissors and cut while holding under cold water.

• Splice the ends of large stems to allow greatest water absorption.

• Add a spoonful of sugar plus a few drops of lemon juice to vase water to keep flowers fresh longer.

• Perk up wilted flowers by placing the stems in hot water for 20 minutes. Return to regular vase water.

• To dry flowers, combine 30 percent borax and 70 percent white cornmeal. Cover flowers entirely and leave for several weeks.

—Source: Haley's Hints Green Edition by Graham and Rosemary Haley