Hollyhocks are seldom used in florist arrangements because of their tendency to wilt quickly. Like other timid flowers, referred to by Louise B. Fisher in An Eighteenth-Century Garland, hollyhocks require special conditioning after cutting. Fisher demonstrates a simple yet effective technique for keeping these flowers upright in floral bouquets for several days. Here is Fisher's method for getting the most out of your fragile blooms.
HOW TO CONDITION TIMID FLOWERS
Tools: Clippers | Bucket of cold water | Kettle of hot water
1. Take a bucket of cold water to the garden.
2. After cutting, immediately place Hollyhocks in cold water.
3. Boil a kettle of water.
4. Cut stems to a desired length and place them in boiling water for ten minutes- protect blooms with tissue paper or plastic wrap to prevent wilting from the steam.
5. Transfer stems immediately into cold water and proceed with arranging into bouquets.
Note: Flowers will remain fresh and upright for 3 to 4 days.
Give it a try and see if this method prolongs your blooms,