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.

Things You'll Need

  • Vase
  • Fresh flower preservative
  • Gardening shears
  • Paper
  • Rubber bands


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

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

  • 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.

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

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

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

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

Straightening Stems

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

  • Secure the paper with rubber bands.

  • Immerse the entire stem portion in lukewarm water.

  • Place the tulips under a light.

  • Leave the tulips for 2 hours.

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

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not put daffodils and tulips in the same vase. The tulips can absorb the sap from the daffodils, which will kill the tulips.
  • Keep your cut tulips in a cool place away from direct sunlight.

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