Longest Lasting Cut Flowers

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Longest Lasting Cut Flowers

As florists, we know that the longevity of a flower is key to our business. This guide will go through the types of flowers you should always be stocking in your coolers. Most of these are cost effective and will last long enough to keep your customers happy and your inventory turn over low.

Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine to the soul. -Luther Burbank

Asiatic Lilies

An asiatic lily has a trumpet shaped flower that faces outward. These flowers typically have less of a scent than the hybrid and oriental varieties which is most likely the reason these tend to last longer. These blooms have been known to last up to 14 days with proper temperature control and conditioning.

Birds of Paradise

These tall exotic line flowers are dramatic and long lasting. If you’re buying these wholesale, keep in mind they’ll arrive closed. There are some specific care instructions that you’ll need to follow to help them open. Once you’ve opened them up – spray them with crowning glory to help with longevity. If opened and cared for properly they will last at least 10 days.

Alstroemeria

A florist shop staple, we all know that Alstroemeria (also known as Peruvian Lilies) can last weeks if kept at the right temperature. The stem and coloring will begin to change as the days go on.

Mums

Poms, Cremons, and Chrysanthemums! The mum family is a favorite of breeders and growers because of their long vase life and their resilience during shipping. Florists love them because they last, but consumers had been turning their noses saying they’re old fashioned. Thankfully, these little (and sometimes massive) mum flowers are back in favor with the general population.

Anthurium

These tall exotic line flowers are dramatic and long lasting. If you’re buying these wholesale, keep in mind they’ll arrive closed. There are some specific care instructions that you’ll need to follow to help them open. Once you’ve opened them up – spray them with crowing glory to help with longevity. If opened and cared for properly they will last at least 10 days.

Delphinium

Keep the shop cat away from these lovely line flowers. They're as poison as they are beautiful. Freshly cut delphinium will stay beautiful for a little over 10 days with proper care, keep in mind they're VERY ethylene sensitive.  

Freesia

Freesia is one of our favorite flowers. It is one of the few fragrant cut flowers that have an extended vase life. These cascading fresh flowers can last up to 10 days. They will bloom from the bottom up; make sure to remove spent blossoms to prevent the release of ethylene. Following this tip will increase the vase life of your freesia flowers.

Gerberas

Gerbera daisies are great to keep around. They’re inexpensive, colorful and make amazing mass flowers. They also have a great vase life if treated right. These babies can last about 10 days, but are very top heavy so Gerber straws are recommended to keep the head from dropping.

Gladiolus

My personal favorite flower! They always remind me of gardening with my great-grandmother. These beautiful tall line flowers will last for about two weeks. Like freesia flowers, gladiolus will bloom from the bottom up. Pinching the spent blooms will help them last longer.

Calla Lilies

The trumpet shaped head of the calla lily is a versatile flower known by all in the floral industry. Use in a cascading bouquet or elegantly arrange standard calla lilies in a tall vase for a contemporary flower display. These can last up to 10 days or more!


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