How to revive wilted flowers

How to revive wilted flowers

DIY video: perk up those dried and droopy blooms

Dried out or wilted flowers can be a problem any time of the year, especially if it's hot outside or hot inside from the central heating. Chin up, petal! We've got a few tips and tricks to share with you to revive wilted flowers.

With these tricks up your sleeve, hopefully, your wilted flowers will perk right up! You’ll also learn how to identify the warning signs to prevent wilting before it happens, which really is the best thing to do. Longer lasting flowers, here we come!

Why are my flowers droopy in the first place?

There are three main factors that cause unhappy looking flowers: Bacteria growth, which rots stems. Water uptake, which results in buds drying out and remaining closed. And, wilting — normally a combination of bacteria growth and lack of water uptake which causes flowers to droop.

Water uptake

What : Brittle-looking flowers like the snapdragon in the video, buds don’t bloom at the top, and dried stem-ends.

Why : Stems not cut before going into the vase are sealed or dried out, so water can’t be drawn up through the stem to nourish the flower.

How to fix it : Remove dried flowers and leaves that are beyond reviving, so more energy goes to healthy blooms. Cut around 1-5 cm off the stem at a sharp angle and put it straight into clean vase water. It should perk up in a few hours.


What : Slimy, discoloured stems and unhappy looking flowers.

Why : Water that wasn't refreshed or was changed too late will look milky. Bacteria begins to rot the stems.

How to fix it : Clean your vase with soap and warm water. Use rubber gloves! Refresh the waterand cut all the rot and slime off the stem. To ensure only healthy stem is left, trim at least 2-3 cm above any discolouration. If this means your flower is too short for your bouquet, try a mini vase!


What : Drooping soft stems, like tulips and gerberas, with limp and wilted flowers.

Why : Flowers rely on the turgidity of the cells in their stems filled with water. Dried stem-ends or bacteria growth hinders water uptake, causing stems to droop and flowers to wilt.

How to fix it : Thoroughly clean your vase and refresh the water. Remove overly wilted flowers, as these release ethylene gas (as does ripening fruit) and may cause the other flowers to wilt prematurely. Cut around 1-5 cm off the stem at a sharp angle and put it straight into the clean water. It should perk up in a few hours.

Show off your revived flowers in mini vases!

In most cases, you’ll have flowers in your bouquet that last longer than others. Alstroemeria, roses, chrysanthemums and carnations, for example, can look great for weeks and weeks! These long-lasters and the flowers you’ve revived deserve a time to shine. Our favourite thing to do? Put them in mini vases! For some inspirational mini vase uses go here .

Naturally, there will come a point when the fresh-cut flowers in your bouquet will lose their lustre and will need to be said goodbye too. Our Tips & Tricks arm you with flower care knowledge, so that day won’t come sooner that it has too.

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