If you were the lucky recipient of a beautiful floral arrangement from someone special this Valentine’s Day, you want the flowers to last as long as possible. Learn how to keep your Valentine roses alive for up to two to three weeks with these simple steps:

  • After 2-3 days it is best to change the water and re-cut the flowers for maximum longevity. I recommend removing the entire bouquet from its original vase and placing it in another container while you change the water. Be sure to use warm water and flower food. Adding flower food to your water mixture will help the flowers last longer. It is important to follow the mixing directions on the flower food packet. If the flower food solution becomes cloudy, replace it entirely with properly mixed flower food solution.
  • Re-cut stems by removing one to two inches with a sharp knife or clippers on an angle. Be sure to use a sharp knife or clippers that will not crush the stems. It is best to hold the stems under water (in a bowl or sink). Immediately place the flowers in the vase with the fresh water.
  • Repeat this process every 2-3 days removing any flowers that have past their prime. You may find that you will need to start using a smaller/shorter vase after a week or so. By following these steps you will be able to keep some of the flowers in your bouquet alive for up to two weeks!
  • Keep flowers in a cool spot (65 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit), away from direct sunlight, heating or cooling vents. Most flowers will last longer under cool conditions.

As the days go by and you have started to discard flowers that have past their prime, don’t be afraid to get creative with the remaining blooms. Even if a rose is fully open, it can still last for a few more days. Choose a container in which the roses would look nice when cut really short. The shorter the stem, the easier it is for the water to reach the flower. This is one of the reasons that it will remain beautiful for longer than you would expect. Here are some creative ideas for displaying short fully open roses.

In a favorite collectible such as this Fenton red glass basket:

Roses in Fenton

In a decorative bird’s nest candle holder:

Roses in Birds Nest Dish

In a glass apothecary jar:

Rose in Apothecary Jar



Julie started her career in the floral industry over 30 years ago in a small, family-owned flower shop. From floral designer to author and lifestyle expert, her insight has been instrumental in developing the 1-800-Flowers.com brand. Representing the company’s floral lifestyle vision, Julie has shared her talent and passion in numerous television appearances and national magazine features. She is an active fundraiser and longtime friend of IGHL, a group dedicated to facilitating a more independent life for developmentally challenged adults.

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