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What is the secret to long-term storage of fresh flowers? A must-read for beginners in flower cultivation

As a flower shop, providing fresh, beautiful flowers is the key to attracting customers. However, the lifespan of flowers is usually short, which can be a challenge for flower shops. However, there are ways to help you extend the life of flowers, allowing you to appreciate and enjoy the beauty of flowers for a longer time. In this article, we will share some effective ways to extend the life of flowers so that your flowers can bloom beautifully every day.


  1. Use diluted solution to prolong the life of flowers: Put the purchased flowers into a diluted solution of 1:2 of alcohol or bleach and water. This can extend the life of flowers that are not durable for one week, and durable flowers for half a month to one month.

  2. Add salt to increase color and life: Adding a little salt to the water in the vase can increase the color of the flowers and extend their life.

  3. Warm water speeds up flower opening: If you want to speed up the opening of flowers, you can add warm water to the vase.

  4. White vinegar or lemon juice inhibits the growth of microorganisms: Adding white vinegar or lemon juice to the water in the vase can inhibit the growth of microorganisms and enhance the water absorption of the flower stems.

  5. Removing stamens and pruning flower branches: Removing stamens allows the flowers to absorb water and nutrients more concentratedly. Frequent pruning of the bottom of the flower branches soaked in water can keep the flower stems fresh and absorbent.


In addition to the above methods, there are other methods for flower care and extending the flowering period:

  • Use clean water and vases: Keep the vase and water clean. When cutting flowers, use a sharp knife to cut at an angle to increase the water absorption area of the flowers.

  • Treatment of woody flowers: For woody flowers, the epidermis at the end can be shaved off or cut into a cross incision to increase the water absorption area.

  • Use preservatives: Adding preservatives to the water can extend the life of the flowers.

  • Remove branches and leaves below the water surface: Removing branches and leaves below the water surface can reduce bacterial growth and prolong the flowering period.

  • How to deal with wilted flowers: If the flowers begin to wilt, wrap them in wet newspaper for 2-3 hours to allow them to regain moisture.


In addition, there are some precautions that can help preserve the freshness and longevity of flowers:

  • Avoid hot and dry environments: Flowers should not be placed in hot and dry places, especially avoid direct sunlight.

  • Avoid placing flowers together with certain fruits: Flowers should not be placed together with fruits such as apples, pineapples, and bananas, because the ethylene gas released by these fruits will accelerate the aging of flowers.

In addition to the above methods, there are other methods of treating flowers, such as soaking, water injection and backwater treatment. Chemical treatment includes applying salt, alcohol, alum or peppermint oil to the cut to inhibit bacterial growth and prolong the life of flowers. Thermal treatment such as hot water and burning can prolong the flowering period.


Finally, if you want to make your flowers grow more vigorously and prolong their life, you can consider the following methods:

  • Water cutting: Cut a bevel at the bottom of the flower stem to increase the water absorption area.

  • Hot water method: Soak the flower stems in hot water to help the flowers open.

  • Burning method: Burn the bottom of the flower stem with fire to promote the opening of the flower.

  • Cut, peel, or crush: For thick flower stems, you can cut, peel, or crush part of them to increase water absorption.

At the same time, to maintain the life and freshness of the flowers, you need to pay attention to the following:

  • Change water frequently: Change the water in the vase regularly to keep it clean.

  • Place in a cool, well-ventilated place: Avoid placing flowers in a hot and humid environment.

  • Use newspaper to wrap the drooping part of the flower neck: this will help the flower absorb water fully.

  • How to handle the bouquet: You can keep the packaging and insert it into the water bottle, or remove the packaging and just insert it into the water. Adding a small amount of alcohol, bleach, vinegar, sugar or salt to the bottle can enhance the sterilization and nutrient supply effect, and prolong the life of the flowers.


These methods and precautions can help you preserve and prolong the life of your flowers, allowing you to enjoy their beauty for longer. Remember that each flower may have different characteristics and needs, so be sure to use appropriate treatments for each specific situation when handling and preserving the flowers.

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