Post # 1
Wedding was almost 2 weeks ago, and I have left my bouquet out to dry so I can put some of the petals in a Christmas ornament.
For the past few days, we have had a very funky smell and I could not find it. I was frantically cleaning and spraying everything down with bleach, to no avail. Finally this morning, I looked at my bouquet and it smelled AWFUL! I pulled out a couple of the blooms and the stems had rotted and turned to mush.
The smell is on all of the flowers (and everything in my kitchen). Has this happened to anyone else? And will I be able to salvage any of the flowers, or will whatever rot is currently on them end up ruining everything completely?
Post # 3
I would say to take apart the bouquet, cut off the mushy ends plus an inch or two, and re-tie it together fairly loosely so that air can get around the stems. And then hang it upside-down somewhere out of direct sunlight that gets a bit of air flow. You may even want to tie them into two or three bunches so the flowers are able to get as much open air as possible.
Post # 4
If they are salvageable, you should cut the blooms you want to keep off the rotting stems and throw everything else away. Put the flowers in a tupperware container with dry rice or those little silica packets to dry them out. The silica packets will also help absorb the smell.
However, if you just want a few petals, just go ahead and pull what you need off, and dry them out.
Post # 5
I second hanging them upside down. I’ve done this many times and have never had a problem.
Post # 6
They were upside down, but unfortunately hanging them is no longer an option. We’re moving cross country and the movers come tomorrow.
@MissCountryGirl727: The silica packets are a great idea! Thank you!