When Flowers Arrive Wilted: Revitalizing flowers 101

February 8th, 2013 bwf-admin

More often than not, when you order flowers from a florist, they will arrive in perfect condition, smelling wonderfully and looking stunning. However, there’s also a chance you could receive flowers that appear wilted and dehydrated. If this happens to you, don’t panic!


There are a few simple steps to take to revitalize the flowers so they’ll last the 72 hours typical of most flowers. First and foremost, contact your florist to make them aware of the situation.


Your first step is to remove the flowers from any water. You’ll need to access the flowers stems.


Cut about 1cm off each stem. If juice leaks as you cut, it’s a good sign. This means the flowers are not 100% dehydrated.


Get rid of the remaining water and locate a clean vase. Fill the vase ¾ of the way with cold water.


For medium to large vases, add three tablespoons of sugar to the water. Sugar is known for hydrating flowers and bringing back the color and vibrancy fresh flowers have.


Place flowers back into the vase and using a dropper, squeeze a few drops of water mixture to the center of the head flower.


If you see no change within three hours, you can repeat the process of fresh water and adding sugar.


As always, contact your florist and see what they can do for you. The above process can buy you some time, especially if your flowers are needed right away.


(Source – WiKi How “How to Perk up Wilted Flowers” http://www.wikihow.com/Perk-Up-Wilting-Flowers)


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