How to Revive Wilted Tulips

Nothing says spring like a bouquet of freshly cut tulips, but it is discouraging to wake up the next day to a vase of wilted tulips. The common myths -- that tulips do not endure as cut flowers and that wilting is natural --- are not true; if properly cared for, fresh tulips can last for 7 to 10 days. It's possible to revive wilting tulips, but it is best to prevent the wilting in the first place.

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Cut tulips make a lovely spring bouquet.

Care

Step 1

Fill a clean vase with lukewarm water for your freshly cut tulips.

Step 2

Add fresh flower preservative to the water. Mix according to package directions.

Step 3

Cut off about ½ inch from the stems, making diagonal cuts with garden shears. Keep the stems under running water when cutting to keep air from getting into the stems.

Step 4

Remove the lower leaves from the stems by pulling them off gently or clipping with garden shears.

Step 5

Place the cut tulips into the vase of water with the fresh flower preservative.

Step 6

Cut 1 inch from the stems every 3 to 4 days to maintain water flow.

Step 7

Clean the vase and add fresh water when you recut the stems.

Straightening Stems

Step 1

Wrap tulip stems tightly in a paper, creating a cone around them. The blooms should not extend above the top of the cone.

Step 2

Secure the paper with rubber bands.

Step 3

Immerse the entire stem portion in lukewarm water.

Step 4

Place the tulips under a light.

Step 5

Leave the tulips for 2 hours.

Step 6

Remove the paper and replace the tulips in the vase of clean water.


Michele Norfleet

Michele Norfleet is a freelance writer who writes on travel, home and garden and education topics. She has coauthored a handbook for teachers on school-wide discipline and has contributed tips for special-needs students in the basal curriculum for RCL Benziger. Norfleet holds a master's degree from Southern Illinois University and has experience as a special-needs teacher and speech pathologist.