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Fresh Flowers in a Vase

Updated on April 8, 2019

Appealing and Fresh

Flowers In A Vase

I have a miniature rose bush beside my house that loves the Spring rains. Just this week, it began to bloom, displaying its bright pink flowers. As I passed by the window, the bright shades of color caught my eye. In mere minutes, I was gathering roses for my kitchen table. If you don't have flowers in your yard, buy flowers at your local supermarket and follow these same procedures to fill your favorite vase with color!

Cut a nice length of stem so that there is support for your flower. Unless you are going to float a flower in water, a stem is needed. The flower will continue to prosper as the stem drinks from the water. Gather a substantial amount of flowers to complement your vase of choice. If you have large roses, you can probably use one or more flowers for your display. Trim the rough edges, removing any smaller branches from the main stem and strip away the lower leaves. If you are using flowers purchased from the store, re-cut the stems to fit your vase. A fresh cut is needed to keep them fresh.

Fill the vase until it is two thirds full. Add one to two teaspoons of sugar and stir. The sugar will help the flowers drink the water more efficiently. Arrange and place your flowers into your vase. Give the flowers some space if you can. Flowers touching other flowers usually die faster than those with their own space. Let your leaves naturally fill the empty spaces, giving a natural look to your arrangement. When you are satisfied with the display, gently pour more water into your vase so that most of the stems are below the water surface. Over time, the water level will decrease. The stems should never be without water. Add water as needed.

If the flowers last for three days or more, change the water. Lift the flowers out of the vase, empty the water, trim off the end of the stem to keep them fresh, refill the vase with water and place the flowers back into the vase. Any wilted flowers can be removed during this process. Cut off or remove all wilted leaves.

Be Creative With Your Arrangement

Fresh Flowers Compliment Your Home

Use fresh flowers to decorate. A pretty vase of flowers can brighten up any room. I have several vases to choose from. For long stemmed flowers, I use a tall clear vase. It looks more formal. I use a vase and flowers that will complement my decor and the season of the year. Do you have a pretty plate or mat that will complement your arrangement? Be creative and HAVE FUN!


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  • PaulaK profile imageAUTHOR

    Paula Kirchner 

    10 years ago from Austin. Texas

    You're welcome! Enjoy your flowers!

  • drpastorcarlotta profile image

    Pastor Dr Carlotta Boles 

    10 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

    Thank you for this advice needed it! Blessings!!!

  • PaulaK profile imageAUTHOR

    Paula Kirchner 

    10 years ago from Austin. Texas

    Granny's House, I had heard about the Christmas trees too. Thanks for your comment!

  • Granny's House profile image

    Granny's House 

    10 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

    Great hub. I didn't know about the sugar. I have heard of this for Christmas tress.

  • PaulaK profile imageAUTHOR

    Paula Kirchner 

    10 years ago from Austin. Texas

    Glad I could help Cassidy!

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    10 years ago from OK

    Thanks so much, I didn't know to put sugar in the water. I'll for sure try that when my roses start blooming.

  • PaulaK profile imageAUTHOR

    Paula Kirchner 

    10 years ago from Austin. Texas

    Daddy Paul, surprise your wife with the flowers already in the vase??? What a nice surprise!

    Cajunrooster, are now well equipped to deal with your flower cuttings. Enjoy those roses!

    Breakfastpop, I love flowers too! Sounds like a love language for you!

  • breakfastpop profile image


    10 years ago

    Wonderful advice. Flowers make my day.

  • cajunrooster profile image

    John David LeCoq 

    10 years ago from San Antonio, Texas

    I have a few roses in my yard and I love to cut them and put them in our house. Now, I know how to cut them and keep them longer as I put them in a vase. Thanks for the wonderful information.

  • Daddy Paul profile image

    Daddy Paul 

    10 years ago from Michigan

    I always just give them to my wife. Now I know what to do.


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