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How to Revive Wilted Roses

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A cut flower arrangement adds not only beauty and color to any interior room, but delightful aromas as well. As you admire your floral arrangement, you may notice the roses wilting prematurely, ahead of some of the other blossoms. If this occurs, revive wilted roses to bring back their freshness and beauty. Using several simple techniques, you can rehydrate the rose blossoms and give them a renewed appearance that will continue to last in the arrangement.

Remove the wilted roses from the floral arrangement.

Hold one rose at a time with the end beneath a steady stream of cool water. Clip the bottom 1 inch off the end of the rose stem with the pruning shears, cutting it at a 45-degree angle. Repeat the cutting process with each wilting rose.

Fill the dishpan with warm water.

Place the recut roses into the warm water, submerging them completely beneath the surface of the water.

Leave the roses soaking in the warm water for 20 to 60 minutes. This soaking period will rehydrate the roses from top to bottom.

Replace the water in the vase with fresh water. Add another packet of flower food to the water and stir to dissolve the flower food.

Remove the revived roses from the warm water. Place the roses and the other flowers back into the vase of water. Arrange the flowers in a pleasing arrangement.


If you do not have a packet of flower food, make fortified water for flowers by combining 1 oz. mouthwash with 1 gallon cool water. Mix the ingredients and fill the vase to the top. Store any remaining fortified water in the refrigerator for the next time you must change the vase water.

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