How to revive wilting flowers
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▪ Recut the stems. The main reason a plant wilts is that it isn’t getting enough water, and that’s often caused by a blocked stem. Recutting the stems at a sharp angle increases the surface area that can absorb wat er. You can even split the end of the stem in half.
▪ Use warm water. Lukewarm water helps clear blockages and moves up the stem faster than cold. Some flowers, like tulips, can’t tolerate anything but cold water, but most blooms thrive on a touch of warmth.
▪ Spike the water. You know those flowerfood packets that florists use? You can achieve the same results by adding 1 tsp sugar, 2 tsp lemon juice, and 1 tsp bleach to a quart of warm water.
▪ Repeat as necessary. Recut the stems every couple of days, keep the flowers out of the sun, and change the water when it gets cloudy, adding fresh food each time.