Lilac blooms cut from the bush tend to wilt very easily in the vase. Learn how to keep lilacs from wilting, and increase their vase life.

Lilacs have a tendency to wilt after cutting due to lack of hydration of the blooms and leaves from insufficient uptake of water and nutrients inside the stem.

Lilac blooms are large, and that’s a lot of flower to keep plump and healthy, even just for a few days in the vase.

There are a number of techniques that you can use to help keep the lilac flowers looking fresh for much longer.

The best time of day to pick lilacs is in the morning when they are most hydrated, or later in the day when it is cooler.

Pick the flowers at the right stage, when one half to two thirds of the blooms are open, and when there are also some buds at the top.

Cut long stems from the lilac bush, and cut these stems at an angle of about 45° to allow for continued uptake of water.

Immediately after cutting remove most of the leaves, so that the flowers will more easily hydrate and not have competition from the foliage.

To add the look of lilac foliage to the vase, pick some stems with just foliage, to add as a filler for your bouquets.

Make sure that the flowers and foliage are on different stems and not competing for the water uptake.

After cutting the stems place in a container of water and set aside for several hours in a cool shady area, allowing the stems to condition and hydrate.

After the period of conditioning, the lilac stems can be further prepared by either smashing or making extra cuts in the bottom of the stems.

Cutting lilac stems involves making two vertical cuts through the stems on the bottom inch or so of stem, allowing more surface area from which the lilac stems can rehydrate.

Keep all foliage above the water line, trim regularly, change the water daily, and provide some plant food. This will also help lilacs to last longer in the vase.

Consider using these techniques to confidently enjoy your beautiful lilac flowers in the vase!

For more information, see the tutorial!