Caring for Your Favorite Flowers

Preserve your blooms and brighten up your space with these tips


Just like indoor plants and succulents, flowers also differ when it comes to proper care and maintenance. Some have stems that are capable to hold water while there are flowers that require minimal care.

If you want to decorate your space with fresh flowers, here are four different blooms and ways to care for them.

Source: Martha Stewart. Main photos from A Pop of Pretty Blog and herz-allerliebst's Flickr.


Given their thick stems, Tulips have a hard time absorbing water. To make sure that they get enough water, cut the white part of the stem before arranging them in a vase.

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Before placing roses in vases, make sure that you've removed all leaves near the part of the stem that will be submerged in water. Leaves in the water may cause bacteria to grow—causing the petals to wilt faster.

RL Tip: Some rose stems have thorns so be sure to wear protective gloves when arranging them. 

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Cut the area where the stem and leaves are attached to help it absorb water quickly. Use a sharp knife to cut the bottom part of them stem in a 45 degree angle. Doing this prevents the flowers from sitting flat at the bottom of the vase and allows for better water absorption.  

Photo from herz-allerliebst's Flickr.


Dip freshly cut sunflowers in hot water for 30 seconds before transferring them into a vase filled with lukewarm water. Doing this helps the sunflowers keep its nutrients.

RL Tip: Create a homemade vitamin for your sunflowers! Simply mix sugar, lemon juice, and chlorine bleach. 

Click here for more ways to make flowers last.

Photos from A Pop of Pretty Blog.

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