Flowers and Foliage that Last Out of Water

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It’s no surprise that in order to have beautiful and long-lasting flowers, you need to provide them with enough hydration to keep them looking their best. Waiting too long to place your fresh flowers or foliage in water can result in wilting and even a shorter vase life.

With that said, there are times when you may be using your fresh cut flowers for events or particular designs where you need them to last longer out of water. The good news is that flower and foliage vary greatly, and believe it or not, certain varieties can actually survive longer outside of water. Curious to find out what they are? Keep reading to learn more!

When it comes to choosing flowers and foliage that will last longer outside of water, here are a few tips:

  • The woodier the stem, the more likely they will survive without water for a longer period of time
  • Glossy leaves are usually an indication that the flower or foliage will last longer
  • When choosing stems, opt for the hardier ones

The following are 10 flower varieties that last longer periods of time outside of water:

  1. Thistle
  2. Statice
  3. Lilies
  4. Calla lilies
  5. Garden roses
  6. Spray roses
  7. Chrysanthemums
  8. Stock
  9. Sunflowers
  10. Carnations

The following are 5 foliage varieties that last outside of water:

  1. Ruscus
  2. Eucalyptus
  3. Leucadendron
  4. Pine and spruce
  5. Palm leaves

Keep in mind that different conditions will yield different results depending on the varieties you’re working with. Seasons, climate, and even the setting where the flowers are can all impact their performance.

It’s important to test the flowers and foliage you will be using for your designs prior to the day of in order to ensure that they will last outside of water for the right amount of time, and they will look their best for as long as possible!