How to Extend the Vase Life of Your Roses

How to Extend the Vase Life of Your Roses

There’s nothing better than getting fresh roses delivered. We wish fresh flowers could last forever! We can’t make them last forever, but there are simple steps you can take to extend the vase life of your roses. Here are a few of them:


Keeping your roses watered can help them stay hydrated and extend their vase life. For roses, it’s best to fill your vase about 2/3 full of water and change out with fresh water regularly

Pro Tip: Make sure to use room temperature water and change out with new water every 2-3 days.


Adding plant food mix to the vase water helps keep your blooms healthy and bacteria free! If you don’t have any plant food, you can add a small amount of mouth wash or lemon-lime soda to keep the water to add plant nutrients that won’t create bacteria.

Slim & Trim

You’ve probably heard that it’s best to cut the stems of your roses before putting them in water, and this is absolutely true. This allows the rose to soak up water while in a vase. All Mayflowers arrangements come pretrimmed in water. Stems should be retrimmed each time water is changed, (about every 2-3 days)

Pro Tip: Remove any leaves that touch the water. These leaves can sit or fall into the water and grow bacteria that is harmful to the rose’s health.

Keep it Cool

It seems counterintuitive since we always associate plant health with sunlight, but warm temperatures and sunlight can be very damaging for cut flowers. It’s best to keep roses in a cooler environment away from heat and direct sunlight.

Pro Tip: To preserve your roses even longer, you can keep them in the fridge overnight and pull them back out every morning for display.

Have other questions about caring for your rose bouquet? Contact us and one of our floral designers will be happy to assist!