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When I’ve had drooping Gerbera daisies in the past, I’ve tried recutting the stems and replacing the water, to no avail, and ended up throwing them away. So when someone (they’ll never see this) gave me four bouquets of dead and dying flowers last week (don’t ask), I was just going to throw them in the garbage. However, the heads on the Gerbera daisies were so pretty that I did a quick google search to see if I could revive them first.
Lo and behold, the first post I clicked was from Gardening Nirvana, entitled Drooping Flowers and the Hat-Pin Trick, so I thought I’d give it a go. Here’s the before and after shots to show you just how well this “trick” works! I’ll never throw drooping daisies away again!
Here’s the trick: about one inch below the base of the flower head, stick a pin (I used a bigger needle) through the stem and pull it right back out; that’s it! As you can see in the second photo, I have nothing holding them up and they are in a large vase, with hardly any support to the stems at all! I couldn’t believe my eyes–it worked so well!
Another interesting fact: these flowers lasted over a week after I’d revived them! I’m so happy I learned this simple trick! Apparently, this technique also works for other flowers like roses and tulips. You know I’m going to give those a try, too! Check out Garden Nirvana to see a photo of exactly how to do the hat-pin trick (I used a needle and it worked fine).
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