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 weak bleach soluiton 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.

*For more specific care tips on each flower type see the ‘top tips’ section in our A - Z flower directory.*


Find out how long flowers last using the navigation below:

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B

Flower TypeLife Time (Days)
Baby's Breath (Gypsophillia) 5 - 10+
Bird of Paradise 7 - 14
Bouvardia 7 - 14

C

Flower TypeLife Time (Days)
Calla Lily 4 - 8
Carnation /Mini Carnation 6 - 14+
Chrysanthemum / Sprays 7 - 14+
Cymbidium (Orchid) 7 - 28

D

Flower TypeLife Time (Days)
Dahlia 4 - 10
Delphinium 4 - 12
Dendrobium 10 - 16+

G

Flower TypeLife Time (Days)
Gardenia 1 - 3
Gerbera 4 - 14
Gladiolus 6 - 10

H

Flower TypeLife Time (Days)
Heliconia 7 - 14
Hyacinth 3 - 7
Hydrangea 5 - 10
Hypericum 10 - 21

L

Flower TypeLife Time (Days)
Larkspur 4 - 12
Leptosperum 3 - 5
Liatris 6 - 14
Lily (Hybrids) 4 - 11
Lisianthus 10 - 14

M

Flower TypeLife Time (Days)
Marguerite (Daisy) 4 - 7
Montbretia 7 - 14

N

Flower TypeLife Time (Days)
Narcissus (Daffodil/Jonquil) 4 - 6
Narcissus (Paper-White) 5 - 8
Nerine 6 - 14

O

Flower TypeLife Time (Days)
Orchid (Cymbidium) 7 - 28
Oncidium 10 - 14

P

Flower TypeLife Time (Days)
Peony 5 - 10
Phalaenopsis (Orchid) 20 - 30
Pincushion 8 - 16
Poppy 5 - 7
Pro tea 8 - 16

R

Flower TypeLife Time (Days)
Ranunculus 3 - 7
Rose 4 - 12
Rose (Garden) 4 - 12
Rose (Spray) 4 - 12
Rose (Sweetheart) 4 - 12

S

Flower TypeLife Time (Days)
Snapdragon 5 - 8
Solidago / Solidaster 7 - 10
Statice 4 - 8+
Stock 5 - 8
Sunflower 5 - 12+
Sweet Pea 3 - 7

T

Flower TypeLife Time (Days)
Tuberose 4 - 10
Tulip 3 - 7