Life span of Cut Flower Varieties
This week I am going to talk about different varieties of flowers, and how long each of them lasts in a vase at home. Remember - everyone keeps their home at a different temperature, and humidity can differ by room, so results may vary. I will write about only a few varieties, or else you would be reading for a long time! The first thing you do when you bring a fresh bouquet of flower home should be giving the stems a cut at the bottom with a sharp knife - not scissors!
Let's start strong with carnations! They are popular as they are hardy, available in a wide variety of colors, and okay with slight temperature changes. Carnations generally last 7-10 days once they are brought home. This is what we usually tell most people when they ask how long they ask - we cannot guarantee they will last longer than this! However, we have had many customers come back and tell us they lasted 3 weeks to a month.
Roses are known to many as a flower that doesn't last long, but they can keep for up to a week if you care for them! A tip for choosing roses that last long is gently pressing on both sides of the bloom, and seeing if it has give, or if it feels solid. A solid feeling rose will last longer than one that feels squishy! Be wary of solid roses though - sometimes they have been cut too soon and just don't open.
When shopping for lilies, don't go for the stems that are fully in bloom and open - they will only last for 2-3 days once they are at this stage. You want to go for lilies that are mostly closed, when you cannot see inside the flower, but can tell what color it is going to be. If they are closed when you purchase them, they should last about 5-7 days.
Tulips are not the best choice is you are going for a long life span. They are a spring bulb plant - of course no longer a plant once they are cut. They do not like to be in warm temperatures, and will usually bloom the same day that you bring them home. They will usually last around 2-3 days, but can last longer if kept in a cooler room.
Do you have any flower varieties you would like to know about? Reach out and we can provide more information!