How long do larkspur flowers last?

Answered by John Hunt

Larkspur flowers typically last for about 5-7 days after they are harvested and placed in a vase at room temperature. However, the duration of their bloom can vary depending on various factors such as the freshness of the flowers when harvested, the care taken during harvesting and handling, and the conditions in which they are kept.

Larkspur flowers are often grown from seeds, and they are usually sown in early spring. From the time of sowing, it generally takes about 11-13 weeks for the flowers to start appearing. This timeline may vary slightly depending on the specific variety of larkspur and the growing conditions.

When it comes to harvesting larkspur flowers for fresh cut arrangements, it is recommended to wait until at least 2-3 flowers have fully opened on the bottom 1/3 of the stem. This ensures that the flowers are at their peak and will provide the longest vase life.

To harvest larkspur flowers, it is best to use sharp, clean scissors or pruners. Cut the stems at an angle, about 1-2 inches above the soil level. This helps to maximize water uptake and prolong the life of the flowers.

After harvesting, it is important to handle the flowers with care to avoid any damage. Remove any foliage or thorns that will be below the water line in the vase, as these can promote bacterial growth and reduce the vase life. Place the stems immediately in a clean vase filled with fresh, cool water.

To extend the vase life of larkspur flowers, it is recommended to change the water every 2-3 days and trim the stems by about an inch each time. This helps to prevent the build-up of bacteria and allows the flowers to continue taking up water effectively.

Avoid placing the vase of larkspur flowers in direct sunlight or near sources of heat, as this can cause the flowers to wilt more quickly. Additionally, keep the flowers away from fruits, as ethylene gas produced by ripening fruits can also shorten their vase life.

In my personal experience, I have found that larkspur flowers can indeed last for around 5-7 days when properly cared for. I have enjoyed having them in arrangements and watching their beautiful blooms open fully over the course of a few days. Their vibrant colors and delicate petals make them a lovely addition to any floral display.

To summarize, larkspur flowers typically last for 5-7 days after being harvested and placed in a vase at room temperature. Proper care, including harvesting at the right stage, handling with care, and providing clean water, can help to extend their vase life. Enjoy the beauty of larkspur flowers while they last and make the most of their vibrant presence in your floral arrangements.