How to Care for Your Flowers with THE OUTNET

Have you ever received an extravagant bouquet of flowers only to find How to Care for your Flowersthem either wilted within 3 days or create such a stench that makes you question if the person who bought them for you did it out of kindness or simply to torture you. To round out a great week I spent my Friday morning with THE OUTNET to celebrate the new season in bloom and learning how to compose beautiful arrangements. I must confess that I’ve always haphazardly thrown my flowers into water with no thought on how to care for them. To say that I learnt a thing or fifty today is probably an understatement.

Here are some easy ways to make sure your flowers go that extra mile for you!

  1. Cut the Stems at an Angle – this ensures proper water absorption and should be done with a sharp knife to ensure that you’re not crushing the stem.
  2. Remove Excess Foliage Along the Stem – have you ever wondered what that putrid smell is after just a few days of placing your flowers in a vase? This is generally a result of having too much foliage from your flowers submerged and has caused a build up of bacteria in the vase. Gross right? Try to remove all the leaves from the stems before arranging the flowers.
  3. Change the Water & Wash the Vase Thoroughly – when the water becomes cloudy then its time to change the water and make sure to wash your vase out with soap. Simply rinsing the vase under water doesn’t remove the bacteria and can cause the flowers to deteriorate further.
  4. Keep Them Away from the Sun – this one seems pretty obvious but if you were placed under the sun for 8 hours a day what do you think will happen to your skin? Heat can cause the flowers to dry out and wilt faster so keeping them in cooler areas of your house will keep them looking fresh for longer!
  5. Use the Sachet of Floral Preservatives – florists can usually provide a few extras if you ask nicely or I’ve read that you can make your own at home with just 7up, bleach and water.

THE OUTNET in Bloom - My Violet THE OUTNET in Bloom - My Violet

What does everyone think of my flower arrangement?


Location: My Violet – 4/17-21 George Street, Redfern, 2016 
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Helen Chik is a Sydney based fashion, beauty, travel and lifestyle digital content creator and influencer sharing everything from unique style to her adventures around the world through her rainbow tinted lenses.

  • These flowers arrangements are stunning! This post couldn’t have come at a better time, I have 3 sets of flowers (roses, daffodils & lilies) in my house right now and I don’t have a clue how to care for them. I didn’t know that the excess foliage could actually cause a stench – thats a good tip to know and also may have to look into how to make my own flower preservative to make them last longer if you have any more advice that would be brill!

  • I never knew that removing the extra foliage was so important!! I love this, I hate having fresh flowers die so quickly!!

  • Luckily, I’ve never had the same issue. But I feel like this is a great help to extend the life of my flowers.

  • Emma Corrie-Hill

    wow i seriously LOVE this blog post!!!!

  • I always remove all the big leaves and my Mum always told me to cut the stems on an angle! Great tips! I love having fresh flowers around the home but it’s always a shamme if they wilt quickly.


  • Oh such pretty floral arrangements! Thanks for sharing these tips, I often find myself being frustrated that the flowers dry too quickly, looks like I don’t wash the vase as often as I should, yikes!

    xx, Kusum |

  • These are beautiful arrangements Helen! This post is so perfect for the spring. It will definitely extend the life and beauty of the flowers. Thanks for the share. xx

  • Beautiful flowers babe! I totally agree with the arrangements never keeping! It’s so tragic to watch them die! I’ll have to remember your tips next time someone gets me flowers! (If that ever happens!)

  • Sarah M Velasco

    Now that spring is here I’m totally in the mood to always buy flowers for the house! These tips are pretty awesome I’ll definitely be using them thank you!


  • Thank you for sharing this how to =o) I always try to keep my flowers alive as long as possible but I definitely suffer from a green thumb

  • Aubrie Engman

    Wow these flowers are so beautiful and what a great article! I hate when mine die too quickly!

  • Nadia

    Your flower arrangement is stunning, lovely. Fab tips!!! I am actually so happy (I feel like a pro florist, haha – just kidding) because I have been doing all of these on a somewhat instinctive level. At the same time, I have always thought flowers need sun light and put them as close to the natural light as possible. I will keep it in mind that direct sun light does no good to the blooms.
    Thanks for sharing, babe :*
    xox Nadia

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