Many of our customers and flower buyers want to know how long do flowers last? In short, there isn’t one answer to this question as a flowers lifetime varies depending on the flower type and many other factors. That is why we have created an A - Z flower directory detailing the life expectancy of each flower type.

The general knowledge is that cut flowers should last about 1 week, but this can be extended with the right care. Some cut flowers will last up to 14 days if you trim them regularly and add fresh water mixed with a bit of sugar.

So what are the factors that determine the length of time your flowers stay fresh?

  • - Type of flowers.
  • - Temperature and room lighting.
  • - Condition of flowers when you buy them.
  • - Frequency of stem trimming and water changes.
  • - Use of plant food (or not).

If you want to increase the amount of time your flowers stay fresh you can:

  • - Change the water daily.
  • - Use plant food.
  • - Recut stems at an angle daily.
  • - Clear fallen leaves out of the water (leaves that are left in the water promote bacteria that degrades the freshness of the flower).
  • - Use of plant food (or not).
  • - Clean the vase with a weak bleach solution before filling it with water.
  • - Where possible keep flowers in a cooler area and out of direct sunlight.
  • - Check how fresh the flowers are when you buy them e.g. if any of the petals or leaves are going brown then the plant is dying.

*See the table below to find out how long your flowers will last. We've also included information on plant height, what country the flower originally come from and when you can expect the flower to bloom.

Flower Type (Click For Care Info + Images)Life Time (Days)Native CountryHeight (cm)Flowering Period
Baby's Breath (Gypsophila) 5 - 10+ East Europe to West Siberia 50 - 120 May - August
Bird of Paradise 7 - 14 South Africa 80 - 200 Spring - Summer
Bouvardia 7 - 14 South West America 60 - 152 May - October
Calla Lily 4 - 8 South Africa max 80 May - August
Chrysanthemum / Sprays 7 - 14+ China 20 - 25 May - July
Cymbidium (Orchid) 7 - 28 Himalayas 30 - 90 October - June
Dahlia 4 - 10 South America 30 - 180 June - November
Delphinium 4 - 12 Northern Hemisphere 90 - 182 June - August
Dendrobium 10 - 16+ Southern China 20 - 25 February - March
Gardenia 1 - 3 Africa and Asia 60 - 244 May - June
Gerbera Daisy 4 - 14 Asia, South Africa 20 - 30 April - September
Heliconia 7 - 14 Americas, Western Pacific and Maluku 90 - 182 Several Times a Year
Hyacinth 3 - 7 Turkey 15 - 30 April and May
Hydrangea 5 - 10 North America 40 - 200 July - September
Hypericum 10 - 21 Europe and Asia max 150 July - October
Leptospermum 3 - 5 New Zealand, Australia 180 - 300 April - June
Liatris 6 - 14 North America 40 - 100 July - September
Lily (Hybrids) 4 - 11 Eastern Asia 90 - 120 July - September
Lisianthus 10 - 14 South America 20 - 76 March - May
Marguerite (Daisy) 4 - 7 China, Japan Max 90 July - September
Montbretia 7 - 14 France 30 - 150 July - October
Narcissus (Daffodil/Jonquil) 4 - 6 Spain, Portugal Max 80 March - June
Narcissus (Paper-White) 5 - 8 Spain, Portugal 40 - 45 March - April
Oncidium 10 - 14 Asia, South America, 20 - 100 September - June
Peony 5 - 10 Eurasia 100 - 180 April - June
Poppy 5 - 7 Asia, South Eastern Europe 15 - 90 March - September
Protea 8 - 16 South Africa 90 - 396 March - September
Ranunculus 3 - 7 Asia Max 365 March - July
Rose 4 - 12 China 30 - 900 March - September
Snapdragon 5 - 8 Spain, Italy 182 - 457 April - October
Statice 4 - 8+ Greece 38 - 76 July - September
Stock 5 - 8 Mediterranean 60 - 76 March - September
Sunflower 5 - 12+ North America 60 - 365 June - October
Sweet Pea 3 - 7 Sicily, Italy, Aegean Islands 60 - 243 June - August
Tuberose 4 - 10 Mexico Max 121 July - September
Tulip 3 - 7 Turkey, Asia 15 - 60 March - May

How to Feed and Care For Baby's Breath (Gypsophila):

1) Plant the baby's breath in an area that gets a minimum of 6 hours of sunlight per day. This can also work inside a container in a sunny location.

2) Heavily water a baby's breath every 2 / 3 weeks (this plant will do well in dry soils).

3) A baby's breath prefers slightly alkaline soil. Therefore you should use a PH testing kit to test the soil. If the soil is too acidic then you can add lime to lower the level and vice versa if your soil isn't acidic enough you can add sulfur.  

4) This plant should be fertilized once per month when in season. You should use an all-purpose fertilizer that has equal amounts of phosphorus (10), nitrogen (10), potassium (10) with a ratio of 10:10:10.

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How to Feed and Care For a Bird of Paradise:

Lighting: The bird of paradise can handle light from direct sunlight and low-level indirect light. It's always best to keep this plant in a sunny spot.

Water: During the spring you should keep the soil moist but not soggy. Whilst in the winter you should allow two inches of the soil to dry between waterings.

Temperature: Optimum indoor temperatures are between 18°C and 26°C. They do most of their growing in warmth, therefore its growth will slow down in the colder winter months.

Food: When it is spring and summer you should fertilize the plant once per month with an all-purpose liquid feed. However, during the wintertime no fertilizer is needed as the plants' growth naturally slows down.

Toxicity Warning: The leaves contain toxins that affect humans and animals if consumed. It's not too serious but it may cause mild mouth and stomach irritation.

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How to Feed and Care For a Bouvardia:

Lighting: Make sure the plant is in a sunny place like a window. Sunlight is essential for flowering and forming a compact plant shape.

Water: Heavily water this plant so that the soil seeps from the pot into the pan. However, make sure the soil is dry before irrigation. 

Temperature: This plants prime time is in the warmth of summer but it will still flourish in winter months as long as the temperature stays above 7°C.

Food: From spring to autumn you should use a liquid fertilizer every two weeks. 

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How to Feed and Care For a Calla Lily:

Lighting: Either full sun or partial shade.

Water: Water Calla Lilly's when the soil is slightly dry (but don't overdose).

Temperature: Before the frost set in the winter, it is best to dig up this plant and keep them indoors at a temperature around 12°C.

Food: They prefer to be in well-drained. porous soil. You only need to use fertilizer if it's in sandy soil. In fertile soil, no added fertilizer is needed. 

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How to Care and Feed a Chrysanthemum / Sprays:

Lighting: Always in a sunny position.

Water: After planting, water daily and generously for 3 weeks to avoid stress whilst the plan is growing a solid root system. 

Temperature: There are a few types that can handle -15°C but most of these plants can't handle the frost.

Food: Use a nitrogen-based fertilizer in June and a potash-based fertilizer at flowering.

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How to Feed and Care For a Cymbidium (Orchid):

Lighting: Shelter from intense direct sunlight, but not a completely shaded area. They need medium to bright light to thrive. 

Water: Cymbidiums should be watered in the mornings. this gives the orchid enough time to dry before the colder night temperatures.

Temperature: In summer months it is best to 

Food: When an orchid is in active growth you need to fertilize it regularly with an orchid 20-20-20 fertiliser. However, during winter months you only need to add fertilizer once per month.

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How to Feed and Care For a Dahlia:

Lighting: This plant loves to be in full beam sunlight.

Water: It is recommended to water a Dahlia 2 - 3 times per week for at least 30 minutes with a sprinkler.

Temperature: Dahlia's prefer a hot climate, so the soil temperature should be above 15°C.

Food: You should use a low nitrogen fertilizer like 5-10-10 or 10-20-20. Then fertilize the plant every 3 to 4 weeks from mid-summer until early autumn. 

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How to Feed and Care For a Delphinium:

Lighting: A Delphinium needs sun! Either full sunlight or partly shaded will be fine.

Water: The soil should never be dry and you should water the plants in the summer when rainfall is less than 1 inch per week.

Temperature: Optimum temperature for this plant is between 18°C and 24°C.

Food: Apply a balanced liquid fertilizer every 2 - 3 weeks.

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How to Feed and Care For a Dendrobium

Lighting: Keep close to bright light.

Water: Once a week with tepid water.

Temperature: 20 to 29 degrees Celsius in the daytime and 18 to 24 degrees Celsius overnight.

Food: Dendrobium Orchids need feeding with Orchid food once a month throughout the year, however, in winter you can feed them less often.

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How to Feed and Care For Gardenias

Lighting: In summer, place in a well-lit area but away from direct sun. In winter, place the plant in as much light as possible.

Water: Over spring and summer, make sure the soil is moist but not over-saturated. Reduce the watering in winter, however, don’t allow the plant to dry out.

Temperature: 20 to 29 degrees Celsius in the daytime and 18 to 24 degrees Celsius overnight.Summer temperatures = 21-24 degrees Celsius (day) and 15-18 degrees Celsius (night). Winter temperatures = minimum temperature of 16 degrees Celsius.

Food: Feed with high nitrogen liquid feed weekly in spring and summer. In winter, feed at five to six-week intervals with a more balanced fertiliser.

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How to Feed and Care For Gerbera Daisies

Lighting: Place next to a sunny windowsill in the growth stage, as Gerberas need good light to thrive.

Water: Water generously throughout summer and keep compost drier over the winter months.

Temperature: If the day and night temperatures stay between the 10-20 degrees Celsius range, your gerberas can flower all year round.

Food: Use a general-purpose liquid fertiliser every two weeks.

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How to Feed and Care For a Heliconia (Lobster Claw Plant)

Lighting: Lobster Claw Plant (Heliconia) is best kept in full sunlight or partial shade.

Water: Lots of water at regular intervals.

Temperature: These plants prefer a consistent temperature of 21 degrees, and should not be kept in environments with a temperature lower than 10 degrees Celsius.

Food: Use weak liquid fertiliser in the growth period. Fertilize once a month during the winter months.

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How to Feed and Care For a Hyacinth

Lighting: Full sun or partial shade.

Water: During the growing and flowering stage, keep the bulbs moist. Once the leaves start to die off, reduce the amount of water.

Temperature: 7 to 18 degrees Celsius.

Food: Use a general-purpose fertiliser for your Hyacinths. This should be used in late February to encourage flowers to grow during the spring.

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How to Feed and Care For a Hydrangea

Lighting: Full sun in the morning and daytime, and shade in the afternoon.

Water: Give the plants water when only the soil is dry. Be careful not to waterlog the soil.

Temperature: 21 degrees in the day and around 15 at night.

Food: General purpose liquid fertiliser, 3-4 times a year.

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How to Feed and Care For a Hypericum

Lighting: Ideally, Hypericums should be in the sun for half the day.

Water: Give the plants water when only the soil is dry. Be careful not to waterlog the soil.

Temperature: 21 degrees in the day and around 15 at night.

Food: General purpose liquid fertiliser, 3-4 times a year.

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How to Feed and Care For a Leptosperum

Lighting: Full sun with slight shade.

Water: These plants require well-drained soil, so only need watering when necessary.

Temperature: Hot conditions during the flowering season (24 to 26 degrees Celsius).

Food: General purpose liquid fertiliser, 3-4 times a year.

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How to Feed and Care For a Liatris

Lighting: Full sun.

Water: Provide water in the first few weeks, and only water the soil when dry after the plants are established.

Temperature: The Liatris plant copes well in most weather conditions.

Food: Liatris plants will thrive in healthy soil and usually don’t need fertilizing.

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How to Feed and Care For Hybrid Lilies

Lighting: Keep in a bright room but avoid full sun.

Water: Provide lots of water when the surface of the soil starts to feel dry.

Temperature: 16-18 degrees Celsius.

Food: Once planted, use a high-potassium liquid fertiliser once a fortnight. Don’t use any fertiliser 6 weeks after your lilies have flowered.

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How to Feed and Care For a Lisianthus

Lighting: Bright, indirect light.

Water: Water frequently during the growing season.

Temperature: Keep temperatures between 21 and 24 degrees Celsius during the germination stage.

Food: Liquid food during the growth stage. Once a month during winter.

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How to Feed and Care For Marguerite Daisies

Lighting: Full sun.

Water: 1 inch of water per week, but be careful not to waterlog the flowers.

Temperature: Constant soil temperature of 21 degrees Celsius during the germination stage.

Food: Average garden soil should suffice.

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How to Feed and Care For Montbretias

Lighting: Full sun or light shade.

Water: Keep soil moist but avoid over-watering.

Temperature: These flowers are tolerant to both heat and humidity, and also drought-tolerant once they’ve been fully established.

Food: Use a general-purpose fertiliser in spring when the shoots begin to show.

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How to Feed and Care For a Narcissus Daffodil/Narcissus Jonquilla

Lighting: Full sun or partial shade.

Water: These flowers prefer moist, well-drained soil, so be careful not to over-water them.

Temperature: These flowers prefer a soil temperature of 15 degrees Celsius when planted.

Food: Granular food can be used after the Daffodils flower to support healthy growth. Ensure that the soil is watered so that the food can be absorbed.

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How to Feed and Care For a Narcissus Paperwhite

Lighting: Place in a brightly lit room.

Water: Make sure that the soil is moist but not soggy.

Temperature: 10 to 15 degrees Celsius. These plants will last longer in cooler temperatures.

Food: Use low-nitrogen fertiliser throughout the growing season.

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How to Feed and Care For an Oncidium Orchid

Lighting: Oncidium Orchids grow best in bright, soft light.

Water: Water when the soil is dry to the touch. Every five to seven days should be enough.

Temperature: 15 to 18 degrees Celsius at night, and 20 to 30 degrees in the daytime.

Food: Make sure you use a fertiliser that is specifically designed for Orchids. These can be used with every other watering during summer and every third watering during the winter.

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How to Feed and Care For Peonies

Lighting: Place Peonies in a sunny location so that they get at least 6 hours of sun per day.

Water: These flowers prefer well-drained soil, so make sure that the soil is only just damp to avoid waterlogging.

Temperature: Peonies thrive in cooler climates, however, they will also survive in warm climates if they’re shaded slightly.

Food: Use nitrogen and phosphorus-rich fertiliser in the spring after shoots have grown.

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How to Feed and Care For Poppies

Lighting: Full sun for at least 6 hours a day.

Water: Once Poppies have settled they don’t need much water, so water them sparingly for optimal growth.

Temperature: Poppies thrive in warm conditions, however, they can also grow in most climates.

Food: It’s unlikely that you’ll need to fertilize your poppies, but if you do they’ll only need a light coating of slow-release fertiliser.

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How to Feed and Care For Proteas

Lighting: Full sun.

Water: Once your plants are established, water every two to three weeks.

Temperature: -5 degrees Celsius to 38 degrees Celsius.

Food: Proteas rarely need fertiliser, as an abundance of certain minerals like phosphorous can kill them.

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How to Feed and Care For Ranunculus Flowers

Lighting: Full sun.

Water: Light watering before shoots appear, and then water more frequently once your flowers start to grow.

Temperature: These plants don’t like lots of heat and prefer cooler temperatures.

Food: Throughout spring and summer, you can feed your Ranunculus flowers every two weeks or so with a general fertiliser.

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How to Feed and Care For Roses

Lighting: Full sun for 6 hours a day.

Water: Roses require deep-watering infrequently, so make sure to only apply water directly to the soil rather than wetting rose petals and leaves.

Temperature: Roses are hardy plants and can grow in almost any environment.

Food: It’s best to feed Roses twice throughout the year; once in late March or April, or once in late July.

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How to Feed and Care For Snapdragons

Lighting:  Full sun.

Water: Water regularly throughout the growing season.

Temperature: Around 15 to 25 degrees Celsius in the day and 10 to 13 degrees Celsius at night.

Food: Feed your Snapdragon plants weekly for the best results.

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How to Feed and Care For Statice Flowers

Lighting:  Full sun.

Water: During the growing season, plants need around one inch of rainfall per week. However, if it doesn’t rain regularly in your area, use a drip or trickle system to apply water to the soil area.

Temperature: Statice flowers can’t withstand cold or freezing temperatures, so make sure that soil temperature is at least 18 degrees Celsius when planting for the best results.

Food: Apply a light fertiliser at the beginning of spring.

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How to Feed and Care For Stock Flowers

Lighting: Full sun to partial sun.

Water: If you get rain in your area at least once per week, it’s unlikely that you’ll need to water your Stock flowers. However, if you live in dry conditions water your flowers lightly twice per week to keep the soil moist.

Temperature: Stock plants require a short period of cold to grow properly. Make sure to keep temperatures between 10 and 13 degrees Celsius for 2 weeks to help growth.

Food: Use a general-purpose fertiliser once the seeds have been planted, following this only use fertiliser once a month.

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How to Feed and Care For Sunflowers

Lighting: 6-8 hours of full sun per day.

Water: Give your young Sunflowers water daily to promote healthy growth. However, make sure not to overwater the plant by keeping the soil moist rather than soaked. Reduce the amount you water your plants once they start to grow taller.

Temperature: Make sure the soil temperature is at least 13 to 16 degrees Celsius when growing sunflowers from seeds.

Food: Use general-purpose fertiliser regularly throughout the summer months to promote continuous flowering and growth.

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How to Feed and Care For Sweet Peas

Lighting: Keep your sweet peas in a bright spot in your garden.

Water: These plants like lots of water, so keep the soil wet to prolong growth.

Temperature: It’s best to sow and grow Sweet Pea seeds in cold weather.

Food: Make sure to use nutrient-rich soil when planting your Sunflowers, as they enjoy lots of food. Alternatively, use a slow-release fertiliser in the soil to support growth.

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How to Feed and Care For Tuberose Flowers

Lighting: These plants like hot weather, so make sure they are planted in full view of the sun. Alternatively, Tuberose flowers will also grow in partial shade.

Water: If it doesn’t rain regularly where you live, it’s best to water your plants around once a week.

Temperature: It’s best to plant tuberose flowers in temperatures above 21 degrees Celsius (day).

Food: Use 8-8-8 fertiliser in the growing season.

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How to Feed and Care For Tulips

Lighting: Full sun.

Water: You won’t need to water your plants if it rains regularly, however, if it’s dryer where you are it’s best to water your plants weekly.

Temperature: Make sure to plant your bulbs in autumn, when soil temperatures are around 15 degrees Celsius or lower.

Food: Use compost once a year to provide enough nutrients for the following bloom.

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