How to Keep Sunflowers Alive

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Things You'll Need

  • Trimming shears or a sharp knife

  • Measuring spoon

  • Measuring cup

  • Sugar

  • Spoon

  • Vase


If your sunflowers drink the water fast, repeat the steps early, do not wait three days.

Sunflowers require a lot of water to survive.

Once you cut a sunflower, they will wilt and die if they are not properly cared for. Whether you grow your own sunflowers, or you purchased them from a florist, you should place them in water as soon as possible to keep them alive. Sunflowers are available year round and usually will last about seven to 15 days once cut, if properly tended to.

Step 1

Turn your faucet on to cold water and hold your sunflower's stems under the running water.

Step 2

Trim the end of each your sunflower's stems a 1/2 inch from the end, using trimming shears or a sharp knife, while the stems remain under the cold water.

Step 3

Pluck off any foliage that will be submerged into the water once your sunflowers are placed into a vase.

Step 4

Place your sunflowers into a vase that is large enough to hold them.

Step 5

Measure a 1/2 tsp. of sugar and combine it with a quart of cold water. Stir the mixture until the sugar dissolves. If you have floral preservatives you may skip this step and use them as a replacement for this mixture.

Step 6

Pour the mixture into the vase and then fill the remainder of the vase with cold water until it is close to the top of the vase.

Step 7

Repeat this process every three days.


Ashley Hay

Based in Columbus, Ga., Ashley Hay has been covering animal health and wellness since 2004, and arts and entertainment since 2008. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in psychology from the University of Central Florida.