How To Revive Wilted Flowers
Wilted or dried our blooms can be an issue any time of the year, but especially during the summer months when it’s hot outside. We have listed a few tips and tricks on how to perk up those dried and droopy blooms. Plus, you’ll learn how to identify the warning signs to prevent wilting before it happens, which really is the best thing to do.
Why are my flowers droopy in the first place?
Let’s start with identifying why your flowers are looking a bit down. There are three main factors that cause unhappy looking flowers: Water uptake, which results in buds drying out and remaining closed. Bacteria growth, which make the stems rot. And, lastly wilting – normally a combination of bacteria growth and lack of water which causes flowers to droop.
Let’s break it down for you...
Problem: Brittle-looking flowers, buds don’t bloom, dried stem-ends.
Why: Stems that aren’t cut before going in the water are quickly sealed or dried out, so water can’t be drawn up through the stem to nourish the flower.
Fix it by: Remove any dried up flowers or leaves that looks like they are beyond reviving, so more energy goes towards the healthy blooms that are left. Cut around 2-5 cm off the stem at an angle and put it straight away into a clean vase with clean water. Leave for a couple of hours and voila!
Problem: Slimy, discoloured stems and sad looking flowers.
Why: The water has not been refreshed enough of times or was changed too late the first time around. The water starts to look milky and bacteria begins to rot the stems. You will know this by the foul smell of the water.
Fix it by: Start by cleaning the vase thoroughly with soap and water and then fill it with new fresh water. Remove any wilted flowers that are beyond reviving. Cut around 2-5 cm off the stem at an angle and put it straight away into the clean water. The flowers should perk up in a few hours. A tip here is to add ¼ of a Milton tablet into the clean water when you first get your flowers. It keeps the water clean and prevents bacteria from growing.
Problem: Drooping soft stems with limp, wilted blooms.
Why: Flowers rely on the turgidity of the cells in their stems filled with water. Dried stem-ends or bacteria growth hinders water uptake, which causes the stems to droop and flowers to wilt.
Fix it by: Thoroughly clean your vase and refresh the water. Remove any overly wilted flowers and leaves. Cut around 2-5 cm off the stems at an angle and put the flowers straight back into the vase.
Place them in a short vase
Once you’ve had your flowers for a while and revived them once or twice, you can cut them down really short and pop them in a fishbowl vase. This will ensure you get a couple of more days (sometimes even a week!) more out of your flowers!
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