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How to Bring Dying Flowers Back to Life

How To Bring Flowers Back To Life

Friends don’t let friend’s flowers prematurely wilt. We’ve all been there. You received a dazzling bouquet from a friend or loved one and neglected its care. Now those bright blooms look sad and deflated. A bouquet of spectacular flowers can brighten up any home. However, seeing those beautiful blooms wilt and lose confidence can bring up feelings of melancholy rather than inspiration.

Fear not though, for all is not lost. As your floral doctor, we can help you nurse those withering flowers back to health and help extend their lifespan. You may even get a new photo op for the ‘gram. Or maybe you just want to prolong that special bouquet for as long as possible. These tips also work for extending the life of any bouquet to make those blooms last as long as possible.

How to Revive Dying Flowers

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, we’ll help you bring your wilting flowers back to life.

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.

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.

Crush the Stems

If you have water-loving flowers like hydrangeas or irises, you might need to go one step further. Take the stems out and crush them. It might sound counter-intuitive but crushing the stems actually improves the health of the flowers. Crushing the stems increases the amount of water they can absorb and improves their chance of rehydrating.

Add Bleach to the Water to Kill Bacteria

No, this doesn’t mean planting your flowers in a bucket of bleach. But bleach can be very useful in small does. One 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.

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 perk up your flowers and get them looking lively again.

If this hasn’t helped, add another teaspoon of sugar (dissolved in warm water, first) after two or three hours.

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 draw away vital resources from viable blooms, so cutting or picking these off ensures your flower conserves the energy it has for its healthy stems.

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.

Cut flowers don’t photosynthesize so they don’t benefit from direct sunlight. In fact, direct sunlight can hasten the demise of those blooming beauties. So take them out of the windowsill or table next to the window and they’ll survive longer.

Your New Supply of Farm-Fresh Flowers

Now that you’ve brought your Bouq back to life, it’s time to start thinking about the next one. After all, nothing lasts forever. Did you know we offer a flower subscription service that takes the guesswork out of choosing your next Bouq? You can schedule your 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!

When you’re ordering flowers online, you want to trust where they are coming from. With The Bouqs Co., we take the guesswork out of flower delivery. We source our blooms from high-quality farms committed to sustainable farming practices. By removing the middle man and streamlining the process, you receive longer-lasting bouquets and help support a more sustainable model of flower delivery.

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