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.