What Flowers Last the Longest?
Flowers bring such cheer and color to your home that it’s always a sad day when they inevitably wither and die. No flower can last forever—at least no real flower. However, some flowers last longer than others. If you are looking to get your money’s worth out of your flower shopping, then you might consider buying flowers that are known for their long lifespans.
Before we get to the list of long-lasting flowers, consider this disclaimer: the variety of the flower is not the only factor that will play a role in how long it lasts. How you cut, trim, group, water, and feed your flowers will impact how long they last, too. Next time you get a bouquet, take the time to do some research online and make sure you are doing everything you can to care for the flowers.
Now, without further ado, the longest-lasting flowers on the market:
Zinnias: Are you tired of buying flowers that don’t even make it to the end of the first week before they start sagging or losing petals? Zinnias will often last for three weeks—and potentially even longer. In fact, many florists will tell you that zinnias can last for 24 days after they are cut.
- Carnations: Carnations are popular for their affordable prices, beautiful blooms, and vibrant colors. They also give you a big bang for your buck regarding lifespan, lasting two to three weeks after cutting.
- Chrysanthemums: Zinnias are often considered the undisputed champions of the long-lasting flower competition. However, chrysanthemums have the potential to live even longer. It’s not unheard of for a vase of chrysanthemums to last for a month after they are cut. The catch is that chrysanthemums are higher maintenance than zinnias. You will need to swap out the water and trim the stems every day if you want to get to the three or four-week mark.
- Orchids: Orchids can also rival zinnias in longevity, often reaching three weeks before withering. They aren’t quite as high-maintenance as chrysanthemums, but still demand new water and stem trimming every other day. Be careful while you are changing the water, though: orchids have very delicate petals.
- Delphiniums: Delphiniums can’t muster up a three-week lifespan, but they will often make it to two weeks without too much difficulty. As your florist will likely tell you when you purchase a bouquet of delphiniums, though, ethylene gas is like kryptonite to these flowers. Since fresh produce will often create trace amounts of ethylene gas, it’s best to display the delphiniums somewhere outside of the kitchen—at least if you want them to last.
How you care for your flowers will influence their lifespan, but so will where you buy them. If you get a bouquet of flowers at the supermarket, there’s a chance that it has been sitting out for three or four days already—often without new water or proper trimming. If you want flowers that are going to last a long time, you should buy freshly cut flowers from a professional florist.