Learn how to revive Gerbera daisies and other flowers, with this super quick trick, and give them a longer life!
You might not believe what this flower looked like just a few hours before this photo was taken, but I’m going to show you how to revive Gerbera daisies.
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When I’ve had drooping Gerbera daisies in the past, I’ve tried recutting the stems and replacing the water in the vase, 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!
How to Revive Gerbera Daisies and Other Flowers
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!
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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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How to Revive Gerbera Daisies
Don't throw those gerbera daisies away! Revive them!
- gerbera daisies that are droopy
- pin or large needle
- 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!
- Place in fresh water and just wait for the magic to happen.
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Great post for those that have no idea. Also beautiful Gerbera Daisies…I love the colors. I knew this trick as my grandmother (Nanni) showed this to me when I was young. She was an Interior Decorator and a Milliner. So she worked with hat pins and regular pins all the time. I still have many of her hat pins, with the pearls, and other jeweled tops. That is what they used years ago. Great info…Have a beautiful weekend…
Lucky you to have known this trick all these years, Dottie! I must say I was skeptical, and then shocked when it worked so well! They were almost standing at attention! How lovely that you have all your grandmother’s hat pins! What a treasure to remember her with! Have a lovely weekend! CC
How amazing is this? I can’t tell you how many of these flowers I’ve thrown out. This is really exciting, they’re my favorites!
I don’t even want to think about how many I’ve dumped that would have been perfectly fine, had I known this little trick then, Chris!! :( Live and learn, I suppose! Glad you will be using the tip! CC
Hah! I have been doing this with tulips for a year (learned it when I worked at a florist) but never tried it on Gerbera daisies! It is brilliant!
I know!! I’m now dying to try it on tulips, David!! So fun to see them revived! CC
Brilliant!! Do you leave the pin in? And your photos are stunning, I want to frame them!
No, just prick it and take it back out, so easy! You’re sweet, Sue! Thank you!
I just tried it! What a great tip!
Thanks so much for sharing the link. I’m delighted to see you had such fabulous results. Your photos and flowers are gorgeous.
Thank YOU for the tip, Alys! It’s brilliant and everyone’s loving it! CC
How cool is that! Thanks for the great tip.
I know, SO cool! Happy to help! CC
This is great – sharing with my daughter! Maybe somebody will give me some of these (or any) gorgeous flower soon :) Thank you so much – I had no idea this was possible.
I know, Tricia! Everyone’s going to be running out to buy Gerbera daisies just to try this! Haha! CC