Does Aspirin Keep Cut Roses Fresh Longer?

Did you know that aspirin can keep your cut roses fresh longer? This simple trick will make your roses last for quite a long time. However, if you want roses that can stay blooming for up to a year, then you will want to consider Venus ET Fleur®’s beautiful Eternity® Roses.

Still, this is a useful little tip to keep in mind the next time you have some fresh cut roses at home. We will explain how to use the aspirin and why it works at keeping the roses fresh. Let us get started!

How to Use Aspirin to Keep Your Roses Fresh


Roses are beautiful, and we hate seeing them wilt, especially if they were a thoughtful gift from someone. But, keeping them blooming for a little while longer is fairly easy. All you need is some aspirin— no green thumb required. 

The aspirin will need to be “real” and not a pain reliever that uses another name, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. The aspirin will help to keep your flowers fresher.

The next time that you have some fresh cut roses crush a couple of aspirin pills with the back of a spoon. Then, add the aspirin powder to a vase with water inside of it and add the roses as you would normally. 

The crushed aspirin helps to keep the water cleaner, giving the roses a longer blooming period. You will want to change the water regularly, while also adding more crushed aspirin when you do.

If this sounds like a lot of work to you, you can still enjoy our Eternity Roses for up to a year. They do not need any watering, and taking care of them is easy. You could have a bouquet made from your favorite colors in no time, plus, they smell amazing. 

But why does aspirin help the flowers stay fresh longer? Here is the science behind it.

How Aspirin Keeps Roses Fresh


When a rose’s stem is cut, it loses access to nutrients and water that they need to keep growing. If you want them to bloom for a long time, then you want to create an environment for the flowers that are similar to the one they had before they were picked. 

Aspirin is another name for acetylsalicylic acid. The soil that roses like to grow in is acidic and contains many nutrients. When added to the water, the Aspirin in your vase parallels the acid in the ground that the roses were used to.

It is thought that the aspirin also helps to keep the water clean and keeps away bacteria that could harm the flowers. However, you can replicate more than just the acidic nature of the soil in your vase if you add a few additional materials.

Recreating the Rose’s Environment


Roses, like any flower, take what they need from their surroundings to bloom beautifully and stay healthy. If you want them to stay beautiful longer before they wilt, then you will want to recreate the environment they are used to.

You will need to be sure that you provide them with plenty of fresh water and change it every few days. Flowers use sugar as a nutrient, which they produce during photosynthesis. Luckily, adding a small amount of sugar to the vase will help the cut flowers get the nutrients they need- making them last longer. 

Using a small amount of sugar with the crushed aspirin can help the roses feel more at home in your vase, helping them to thrive and stay gorgeous for much longer. However, even taking all of these extra steps does not mean your roses will bloom forever.

Someday, they are going to wilt. Our Eternity™ Flowers are preserved perfectly so that you can have beautiful and elegant flowers for up to a year in your home. If you love gifting flowers, consider sending a Venus ET Fleur product next time— your recipient will be sure to appreciate the timeless nature of the flowers.

What Else You Should Know


Aspirin does recreate the acidic part of the rose’s natural environment, but some other materials added might further help the roses have a long life.

Lemon juice is another way to increase the acidity of the water in your vase. Purdue University stated that lemon juice is more effective than aspirin at increasing the longevity of fresh-cut roses. Their solution is this ratio:

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon household bleach diluted in 1 quart of water

Adding this mixture to your vase will ensure that the roses bloom for as long as they possibly can.

Purdue also suggests keeping the roses cold when they are not on display. You can double the life of the roses by leaving them in the refrigerator at night, or when they do not need to be sitting out. Any temperature lower than regular room temperature will prolong the flower’s bloom.

They also stated that you do not want to mix fresh flowers with old or damaged ones. You also want to keep them away from fruit or vegetables, which is important to keep in mind when storing them in the fridge. 

Aging flowers, fruit, and vegetables emit a gas that shortens the life of fresh flowers- which is the exact opposite of what you are trying to do when you store them! Be sure to keep roses separate and stored properly, if you want them to last longer.

Professional Tips


Have you noticed how beautiful flowers are right in a shop? Florists have some secrets that they use to keep their flowers looking beautiful until they are sold. These are a few extra tips to keep your flowers fresh:

  • Never put roses in hot water. Room temperature water is best.
  • Change the water every 3 to 4 days. 
  • Feed them with acid, sugar, and antibacterial products.
  • Add crushed aspirin to the water in the vase.
  • Cut the stems again when you get home and add them to water immediately.

Taking all of these small steps will help to improve the life of your fresh roses drastically. These are the methods that professional florists use to keep their flowers vibrant and alive, meaning that you have seen it in action if you have been to a floral shop in the past.

The best vase shape for roses is an hourglass. When it is wider at the bottom, they support the roses better, helping them from tipping over and spilling. This design also looks pleasant among a variety of decor and does not take a lot of roses to be full.

Eternity Roses


Venus ET Fleur roses are elegant, beautiful, and can be personalized to your preferences. We include our Eternity Roses in a variety of hat boxes and attractive containers to match your style. With all our options, we are sure that we can find a piece you will cherish.

We know that when your favorite flowers wilt, it can be saddening to throw them out. If they were a gift from a loved one, it can be even sadder to have to toss the wilted flowers. 

However, our flowers never wilt. After a year they will become dry, but with proper care, they can last you a very long time. On average, fresh-cut roses will wilt and die after just a couple of weeks— our flowers will last you at least a year. That is why Venus ET Fleur makes the perfect gift for any loved one.

Adding aspirin or other materials to your flower vase will help keep the roses alive longer, but not nearly as long as an Eternity Rose. We recommend that you try them if you are curious and love gorgeous assortments of flowers— you will not be disappointed.



So, yes. Aspirin can help roses to live a while longer before they start to wilt. This is because the pills are acidic, helping to recreate the natural environment of a rose when added to water. If you want to help your fresh roses bloom, then you might consider adding more materials to the water, helping them to live a longer life.

You will also want to change the water and add more crushed aspirin often. You should probably do this every few days, as this keeps bacteria from building up in the water and lets your roses stay healthy. 

However, our Eternity Roses do not need to be watered and are easy to care for. Each arrangement is chic and comes with a contemporary twist- we are sure that you will love them!

If you need help personalizing or arranging your bouquet, Venus ET Fleur would love to help you. We can also answer any questions that you have about our luxury products and services, so be sure to contact us. We would love to hear from you!

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