Asked on Jun 2, 2013


Lisa CBerma MDonna Shipley


My fresh cut flowers wilt after the first day how do I keep them firm? They are still pretty just wilt. I do have a picture of this years batchelor buttons yet but they do it also.
Russian Sage
cabbage leaf coneflower
Yarrow and daisies
10 answers
  • Douglas Hunt
    on Jun 3, 2013

    Berma, see my post with pointers from Valentine's Day. While I specifically was talking about roses, the tips apply to all plants:

  • Gail Salminen
    on Jun 3, 2013

    @Berma M do check out @Douglas Hunt post, it is quite enlightening. When you pick your flowers from the garden, use a pail with water so that when you cut them they do directly into water, then follow Douglas' instructions. Let us know how it works for you.

  • Lisa C
    on Jun 3, 2013

    cut them in the am before it is too hot then put them in luke warm water(goes up the stem faster. Give a fresh cut just before putting in water. Make sure your vase is clean after washing I swish a little bleach water in all of mine to kill bacteria and leave the bleach water residue don't rinse. some flowers just don't do well cut so test different ones and have fun!

  • Donna Shipley
    on Jun 4, 2013

    Don't know if it works, but I remember seeing someone use vodka to get tulips to stand up. They didn't mention using it on other flowers.

  • Cathy W
    on Jun 4, 2013

    Donna, I think the vodka was for drinking! Tulips should be re-cut under water, at an angle. Add a half of packet of Floral Preservative to the water. The angle cut will keep the flower from sitting flat on the vase, thus causing water blockage. My favorite "wive's tale" is adding a copper penny to vase of tulips. Sometimes it works, sometimes not! All flowers should be done this way! Except for the penny! (Again, sip the vodka, don't waste it in the flowers!!!)

  • Donna Shipley
    on Jun 5, 2013

    I promise they put the vodka in the tulip water and were very serious about it but I can no longer find the reference. I did, however. fine several comments about it being a waste of liquor... Sorry about the misinformation :(

  • Cathy W
    on Jun 6, 2013

    Donna, If it's on the internet "it must be true"! LOL

  • Donna Shipley
    on Jun 7, 2013

    Yeah.. LOL

  • Berma M
    on Jun 8, 2013

    I have always taken the bucket of water to the garden and put them straight into that (because I never know how long I will be there). The vodka is like the bleach kills bacteria, and I add the sugar to feed the flowers, but it is random and especially yarrow just after one day will droop and there is know recovery. Daisies too droop but yarrow is bad like there is a certain stage in the bloom that is better than other stages to cut. The red yarrow I would like to cut while it is red before it turns yellow but that is when it tends to wilt. I have not read your link Douglas but I will. Thanks I will keep you posted.

  • Lisa C
    on Jun 11, 2013

    your right vodka or any liquor will cause tulips to stand but so will a cool water and tulips are the only flower to continue to grow after being cut up to 5 inches!

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