Maybe it has something to do with the weather this time of the year, but I find myself giving considerably more flowers to people during the spring and summer! Flowers were recently given on Mother’s Day, of course, but there are also a number of weddings, graduations, birthdays, and baby showers that all call for some floral accompaniment in the weeks ahead. When choosing what combination to buy, not only do I select flowers based on how beautiful they are, I also choose them based on how long the recipient will be able to enjoy them after they’ve been cut! I wouldn’t want to take home a gorgeous bouquet only to have it wilt three days later, would you?

If you have the same flora frame of mind, here’s a list of the top ten flowers with the longest vase life and what to do to maximize their longevity if you receive them.


10. Iris, vase life of 2 to 4 days, buds can be forced open by peeling back the protective leaf. The iris takes its name from the Greek word for “rainbow” and can be found in virtually every part of the world. The most popular color for floral arrangements are blue, yellow, and white.

9. Tulips, vase life of 3 to 7 days, place under a light source. If a few tulip heads droop, perk them up by poking a hole just beneath the flower head with a pin to allow air to escape and water to move up the stem.

8. Lily, vase life of 4 to 8 days, beware of easy bruising. Lilies are known to be the May birth flower so you’re not imagining things if you happen to see more of them around this month.

7. Sunflowers, vase life of 7 to 10 days, keep well watered to maintain strong stems. A great addition to a gift that’s meant to bring smiles and cheer.

6. Roses, vase life of 7 to 10 days, do not remove thorns from stem and check water frequently.

5. Daisy, vase life of 7 to 14 days, check water levels frequently as flowers are susceptible to bacteria.

4. Chrysanthemum, vase life of 7 to 14 days, check water levels frequently as flowers are susceptible to bacteria. Also called mums, these flowers come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors and bloom forms.

3. Carnation, vase life of 14 to 21 days, very durable. Carnations express love, fascination, and distinction, making them a very common sight (and a great choice in terms of longevity) within bouquets.

2. Pincushion Protea, vase life of 14 to 21 days, add sugar to vase water to prolong life. These flowers are great for adding a bit of an exotic flare to an arrangement due to their unusual structure.

1. King Protea, also known as King Sugar Bush, vase life of 14 to 21 days, split stem ends for maximum water absorption. Proteas also dry beautifully so you have the option of leaving them displayed for a much longer amount of time!