How to Store Flowers in the Refrigerator


Flowers or flower arrangements that are received as a gift or for a special occasion can be kept for long periods if they are properly stored. The key to storing flowers is to slow down the flowers development and water loss. One way to do this is by putting the flowers or arrangement in your refrigerator. Just make sure that there is enough room.

How to Store Flowers in the Refrigerator
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Things You'll Need

  • Flower vase or vessel
Step 1

Fill the flower vase about three-quarters full with water.

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Step 2

Place the flowers that you want to keep in the vase.

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Step 3

Check the temperature of your refrigerator and make sure that it is set at or below 40 degrees.

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Step 4

Clear an area in your refrigerator to set the vase of flowers. Make sure to remove any fruit because they should not be stored with the flowers.

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Step 5

Place the vase with the flowers on a shelf in the refrigerator.

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Step 6

Keep the flowers in the refrigerator for at least six hours each night. This will allow enough time for the flowers to absorb the water and will stay fresh longer.

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Tips & Warnings

  • Put flowers in the refrigerator if you plan to be away from home for an extended period.
  • Leave the flowers in the refrigerator to keep them fresh for as long as possible.
  • Flowers will not keep in the refrigerator indefinitely.
  • Fruit, such as apples, give off a gas that causes the flowers to age and wilt faster.
  • Do not place plastic bags over the flowers because this will retain moisture and not allow the flowers to breathe.


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