We’ve all been there – you come home, ready to vibe with your gorgeous blooms and BAM. Your once perky flowers are throwing a floppy party. Fear not, because we have the solution to reviving those floppy flowers.

Step 1: Prepare the Warm Water

Fill a clean bathtub or sink with enough warm water to cover the roses. Ensure the water temperature is lukewarm or slightly hotter, around 5 to 6 inches deep. Before filling, ensure your bathtub or sink is free of grime and soap residue.

Step 2: Recut the Stems

Under warm running water, cut each stem at a diagonal angle using garden shears. This angle facilitates better water absorption by the stems and prevents air bubbles from clogging up vital tissues. If you’re using a sink, use a different one for recutting or use the other side.

Step 3: Submerge the Floppy Flowers

Place each stem horizontally in the warm water bath, ensuring each rose, including the heads, is fully submerged. Allow the blooms to soak for 20 to 60 minutes. Remember that extremely wilted flowers may not fully revive, especially if the neck shows signs of shriveling.

Step 4: Clean the Vase

Empty the soiled water from the vase and refill it just above the waterline. Then, add two tablespoons each of baking soda and white vinegar to the water. Let it fizz and settle for about 30 minutes before wiping away any film with a bottle brush or cloth. Thoroughly rinse your vase before reuse to prevent bacterial blockage in the stems.

Step 5: Prepare the Vase with Flower Food

Fill your clean vase 3/4 full with warm water. Next, add a packet of flower preservatives; if needed, purchase them from a floral shop or grocery store with a nursery.

Alternatively, you can create your own flower food using two tablespoons each of white vinegar and sugar per 32 fluid ounces of water.

Step 6: Transfer the Blooms to the Vase

Floppy Flowers
Gail Secker Photography via rockmywedding.co.uk

Carefully replace each stem one or two at a time into the clean vase. If the flower heads bend, support them with your free hand while transferring them. Ensure the blooms are placed as vertically as possible to prevent further drooping. 

If you reside in regions with warm days and cool nights, don’t position your flowers in direct contact with a window, whether it’s the petals or foliage. The fluctuating temperatures of the glass, alternating between warm days and cool nights, can potentially harm the leaves. Also, flowers are not big fans of the sun’s intense gaze, so find a shadier nook for them to chill.


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