Flower Care

How to Bring Dying Flowers Back to Life

How To Bring Flowers Back To Life

A bouquet of spectacular flowers can brighten up any home . However, watching them fade away on a journey towards the next world without knowing how to bring flowers back to life can be kind of a downer. Seeing those beautiful blooms wilt and lose all confidence can bring up all kinds of melancholia and make you wonder about your eventual demise.

Fear not though, for all is not lost. Your proud bouquet does not have to shuffle off into the long night without putting up a fight. With a bit of emergency life-saving “medical” treatment, your fabulous flowers can rise again (in a nice way, not in a zombie way). By administering some resurrection treatment, here’s how to bring flowers back to life:

  1. Clean Your “Operating Room”
    Before addressing the root of the problem, make sure your vase is sparkling and free of potential dangers. Fill it with hot water and some dishwashing liquid then leave to sit for a few minutes. Rinse fully and your vase should be ready for its role in the revival.
  2. Cut the Stems
    The main reason why flowers begin to wilt is that they’re simply not getting enough water. This might happen even if there is plenty of water in the vase, usually when there’s no way water can enter the stem itself. That’s because once a stem is cut, the tissue which transports water through the flower begins to die, and this process begins from the point of incision and progresses each day.
    To bypass the blockage of dead tissue, it’s important to cut the stems of your flowers. Choose a point about an inch up from its current base and use a non-serrated knife or scissors for the operation. It’s also vital to cut the stems at a 45-degree angle, to increase the surface area for absorption and ensure that the base of the stem doesn’t lie flat at the bottom of the vase.
    As a best practice, cut the stems at a 45-degree angle every time you change your Bouqs’ water.
  3. Add Bleach to the Water to Kill Bacteria
    Another reason for water not being able to pass through the plants is due to a bacterial infection affecting the “open wound” where it has been previously cut. This can be especially prevalent when adding sugar or plant food which bacteria thrive on. To keep your flower safe from an infection, you can just add a small amount of bleach, one teaspoon to a quart, to ward off nasty microbes. As it is well-diluted, it won’t harm your flowers.
  4. Add Sugar or Plant Food to the Water
    If water is the emergency blood drip for your flower’s vital organs, then sugar is the hit of adrenaline to kick-start it. Plant food contains sugar for this reason, so don’t worry if you don’t have any packages of it lying around–normal sugar will work about as well. One teaspoon of sugar or plant food to a quart of water should be enough to get your flowers to start perking up.
    If this hasn’t helped, add another teaspoon of sugar (dissolved in warm water, first) after two or three hours.
  5. Trim Away Dead or Dying Foliage
    If your flower is lacking the nutrients or water to keep all of its parts healthy, “amputation” is the only course of action. Dead and dying leaves or blooms can draw away vital resources from viable blooms, so cutting or picking these off ensures your flower conserves the energy it has for longer.
  6. Keep Them Cool
    Like many fresh things, keeping your flowers out of direct heat and in a cool environment can keep them fresher for longer. If you live in an especially warm area, you can even keep them in a refrigerator at night time for ultimate preservative effects.

Now that you’ve brought your Bouq back to life, it’s time to start thinking about the next one. Did you know we offer a subscription service that takes the guesswork out of choosing your next Bouq? You can set up Bouqs to arrive on a regular schedule, and skipping upcoming deliveries is as easy as pie…errr, figuring out how to bring flowers back to life!

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