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How to Revive Dying Flowers?

Few things will brighten your day quite like a bouquet of fresh flowers. Unfortunately, flowers don’t last forever; many give up hope at the first sign of wilting.


However, just because these beautiful and decorative plants have a limited lifespan doesn’t mean you should toss wilting flower bouquets in the trash. If you hope to revive dying flowers, then you’re in luck! Our florists at Amarilis Flowers explain how, with a few simple adjustments, you can make your vase of flowers vibrant and colourful again to help them last longer.



Check the Water


Most vases are transparent, so you can easily see the water nurturing your flowers. If the water in your vase shows discoloration, then it’s time to empty the vase and bring a fresh supply.


When bacteria appear around your flowers, it usually goes for the area with the most moisture, meaning the submerged stems. Aim to give your flowers a fresh batch of cold water daily to keep them well nourished for longer.


Make Sure the Vase Is Clean


Think of a vase as a house for your flowers. As such, you’ll want to ensure it’s as clean as possible.


When you’re changing the water, clean the vase with dish soap and warm water. Let the solution sit for a few minutes to eliminate any lingering bacteria, followed by emptying the vase, rinsing, and refilling it with clean water.


Tend to the Stems


Although water is vital to keeping your flowers alive, it’s not as simple as keeping the vase full and walking away. The stems can decay over time, which blocks water from entering the stems and hydrating your flowers.


You can remedy this by cutting the stems with a non-serrated blade, scissors, or switchblade knife. Make sure you trim the stems at an angle of 45 degrees so they have more surface area to take in the water. If your flowers are a particularly thirsty breed, consider crushing the stems to break through dead tissue.


Use Flower Food or a Small Amount of Bleach


Sometimes it takes more than water to revive dying flowers. Adding a teaspoon of sugar or a packet of flower food can boost your bouquet if the pedals look sad and droopy.


You might also consider adding a bit of bleach to your flower’s water supply to help keep bacteria from infecting the recently cut stems. Use one teaspoon of bleach for every quart of water, and add to a full vase to keep the concentration diluted.


Find the Perfect Bouquet Today With Amarilis Flowers


Many people look at wilting flowers and assume their time is up. Yet it’s possible to revive dying flowers by regularly tending to them, providing the care and attention they deserve.

At Amarilis Flowers in Toronto, we provide only the most beautiful blossoms for your home or event.


Our professional florists in Toronto have copious experience creating cultivated arrangements for everything from birthdays to weddings and funerals. Whatever your special occasion is, we’ll make it even more memorable.


Schedule a free seven-day flower delivery today by calling us toll-free at (833) 569-3799.


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