What flowers should you get for your friend who is terrible at keeping flowers alive?


When you go to the trouble of buying flowers for a loved one, you want them to get the most enjoyment out of them as possible. And whilst we all know that a bunch of fresh flowers won’t last forever, we’d prefer for them to last more than a few hours!

So if you want to get some flowers for your friend, but you know they are notoriously bad at looking after them, what should you buy?

Don’t worry. This list will help you, because there really are Flowers For Everyone out there!



Although elegant and delicate looking, orchids can be quite robust. With proper care, trimming and regular water changes, they can last up to three weeks in a vase. And in soil, they can last a very long time.

Orchids come in various colours and are a particularly great option if you’re looking for a flower to brighten up a friend’s hospital room or office.



Succulents are really trendy at the moment and are super easy to maintain. They come in all sorts of variations, need very little watering and can survive in most climates. So if your friend is truly awful at looking after flowers, this is definitely one to consider!



This is another very low maintenance plant. You basically just plant it in soil and let it be. Of course they need watering, but very rarely. Even the most inept plant-owner can probably keep a cactus alive, at least for a while!



Lavender is a beautiful, bright and fragrant flower that can have a calming and relaxing effect. Great for a friend going through a rough time! It’s also a very low maintenance plant. You just make sure it gets plenty of sun, water it infrequently and you’re good to go.


How to make flowers last longer

One great way to make sure your gift of flowers last longer is to keep them in soil. Many flower delivery companies now provide this service and have a variety of potted flowers and plants on offer.

Or, if you just want to send fresh flowers, then there are a few top tips you can give your friend to help them get the most out of their gift.

Adding a tablespoon or two of sugar to the water upon arrival helps keep flowers nourished helps them to bloom. Adding white wine vinegar will also help keep your flowers fresher for longer by inhibiting the growth of bacteria. Cutting 1 to 2 inches from the stems at an angle also helps.

Once the flowers are arranged and settled in water, keep away from direct sunlight (unless care instructions specifically state the need for direct sunlight) to avoid the flowers and leaves drying out too quickly. Be sure to change the water and re-cut the stems every other day to prolong the life of the flowers.

So there you go, the ultimate guide to buying flowers for that friend who is truly terrible at looking after flowers!