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 Country||Height (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|
|Leptosperum||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.
How to Care and Feed 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 winter time 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.
How to Care and Feed 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.
How to Care and Feed 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.
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.
How to Care and Feed 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.
How to Care and Feed 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.
How to Care and Feed 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.