how to keep flowers fresh without water
No Water Right Now? No Problem
Follow These Emergency Tips On How To keep Flowers Fresh without water
So, you’ve bought some beautiful cut flowers and you can’t wait to get them in a vase. But suddenly life happens and you can’t manage to get them in the vase right away. Don’t panic! I’ve got some insider tips that will keep your cut flowers looking great until you’re ready to give them the proper care they need.
First, it’s vitally important to keep your cut flowers away from any sources of heat, such as fireplaces, radiators, sunny windows or stuck in a hot car. Heat will make flowers wilt quickly, and this kind of shock can kill flowers quickly.
Try to find a cool, shady spot. Worst case scenario, I’d recommend taking your flowers with you rather than leaving them in a hot car.
Wherever you store them I’d also recommend you remove any packaging that your flowers came in. If your cut flowers are wrapped in cellophane, remove this as soon as possible. This can cause the flowers to sweat, leading to wilting and bacteria growth.
Next, try to find a cool spot for your cut flowers. A room temperature of 65-75 degrees Fahrenheit is ideal. If you’re not able to keep the room temperature this low, you can also try placing the flowers in a cool basement or garage. Best case scenario: try to put them in the refrigerator.
Most professional florists keep flowers in a walk-in refrigerator overnight. It will help extend the life of the flowers (although ideally the florists do keep the flowers in water in the refrigerator WITH water, but the coolness of the refrigerator will help keep your flowers from going into shock from lack of water). Before placing them in a refrigerator try to make sure to wrap the stems in a damp cloth or paper towel first. This will help keep the flowers hydrated and cool until you’re able to get them in a vase.
If you have a humidifier running in your home, this can also be an option. Keeping your flowers near a humidifier can help them get hydration before you have a chance to place them in proper water. For more about humidifiers, check out our blog post on the subject here.
What should you do if you flowers wilted from lack of water? Check out our blog post here that addresses how we revived wilted hydrangeas with in a water bath. If you’re really in a pinch, this water bath technique allows flowers to be placed in a shallow bowl or bucket filled with cool water. Just make sure the stems are fully submerged and the water is cool (not cold!). You are basically trying to keep the flowers in total contact with water so they can take in water any way they can and perk up from the lack of water that made them wilt.
I’m not recommending you ever leave your flowers without water. This is always a shock to flowers and should be limited as much as possible but hey, life does happen. It’s doesn’t have to kill your cut flowers. These are emergency tips on how to keep your cut flowers looking great until you’re able to give them the proper care they need. It may not be the most glamorous solution, but it’ll get the job done!
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