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Does This Hack To Revive Wilting Flowers Actually Work?

Fresh flowers are one element that can add a special finishing touch to any interior. But flowers can be fragile – and sometimes they don’t last as long as we would like. A drooping bouquet may seem like a lost cause, however, there are some simple tricks and tips to revive wilting flowers. Do they actually work though? Well, we’re about to find out.

We’ve heard about a handful of hacks to help revive wilting flowers. But one stood out because, well, it sounded counterintuitive. It’s involves just using just water – but not how you may be expecting. Keep scrolling to discover exactly how it’s intended to work.



See all our favorite hacks in our post The Clever Home Hacks You Need To Know


How To Revive Wilting Flowers 

Instead of adding regular room-temperature water, this hack suggests turning up the heat and using boiling water instead. That’s right. The same water you use for a cup of tea is intended to turn your tulips around. The idea is that boiling water forces the oxygen out of the stem and helps the blooms hydrate. But does it actually work?


To put it to the test, we experimented with two different types of wilting flowers, Butterfly Ranunculus & Tulips. First, we trimmed the stems at a 45-degree angle, then added boiling water to one vase, and room-temp water to the other. Then, it was time to wait and see what would happen.



The Results:

After letting the flowers sit for 2 hours, we returned to see if the hack actually worked. It turns out, boiling water was a bust for the Tulips (they seemed even droppier than before we began) but did perk up the Ranunclus a bit. The room-temperature water, on the other hand, gave both the flowers more of a boost. So while the boiling water hack didn’t totally work, it may depend on the variety of flowers and other conditions. Give it a try and let us know how it works for you!