• 3 ways to keep hydrangea from wilting

    Fresh hydrangea are my favorite flowers. I love the fullness of their blooms, the colors they come in and they just have this joyful summer feel that make me happy! We have at least 13 hydrangea bushes in our landscaping, one limelight hydrangea tree form and three limelight bushes. I cut them weekly during blooming season to make arrangements for our whole house. Here are three essential steps to stop hydrangea from wilting.

    cut properly

    Give every stem a fresh cut on the diagonal. This is true if you cut them from your yard, if you bought them at the store, or if you received an arrangement as a gift. A clean, quick cut will allow them to drink more water and stay hydrated.

    Give each stem a fresh cut every other day or so. You can go longer but when you see flowers wilting, cut them.

    use hot water

    Put hydrangea in very hot water – boiling temperature. Nearly all flowers like warm to very hot water. Never use cold water. The only exception to this is bulb flowers, like tulips. Blooms from bulbs like cold water.

    When making arrangements I always put the hottest water I can into my vases. Every few days I give them their cut, dump the water and use fresh, hot water to keep hydrangea from wilting.

    Watch your hydrangea come back to life within an hour or so! It’s magic!

    the right food

    Add hydrogen peroxide to the water. The hydrogen peroxide will help keep the water clean and free from mold and yuckiness. When I attended a class from a master florist I was taught this. At first I thought this was just her trick, but I googled it and it’s true! Most high end florists use high grade hydrogen peroxide, but I just use what I buy at the store.

    I typically add three tablespoons or so to a vase about 12″ high. I like to fill my water all the way to the top to be sure every stem is receiving water.

    I use this vase in our Dining Room as a centerpiece. To make it a vase, I just fill a simple glass vase with my arrangement and set it into the pitcher. That way it looks like it’s a full arrangement in a gorgeous vase, but is easy to remove to change the water, and doesn’t get the inside of the pitcher all yucky!

    Here are a few pretty versions I found that will give you the same look – you’ll need a wide mouth. Good luck and letting me know if these tups help keep hydrangea from wilting in your home (I know they will!)

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    Atlanta blogger cutting hydrangea blooms. How to cut hydrangea properly. Cutting flowers requires a special technique. Don't cut flowers straight across. A clean cut with no jagged edges will allow cut flowers to absorb water better and stay fresh longer.


    Keep flower arrangements lasting longer with three easy steps. I love making flower arrangements and these no fail steps will keep your flowers looking beautiful longer. Also, how pretty is this white blouse from Ann Taylor Loft? I love it and the teal blue pants. If hydrangeas wilting is happening, these three tricks will perk them right up!




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    Three easy ways to keep fresh hydrangea from wilting. These no fail steps will keep your hydrangea arrangement looking fuller longer. If you're hydrangea is starting to wilt, it's not dead! You can revive wilted hydrangea with three easy steps.

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    1. April 30, 2018 / 11:07 pm

      Hi Kelly! Just finished read the article on hydrangeas and keeping them alive longer. I really enjoyed it and I even learned a tip or two! Thanks! 🌺

    2. Millie
      May 28, 2018 / 6:46 am

      I have 50 stems of hydrangeas ordered for my son’s wedding reception. A little nervous about storing them even overnight. I feel a little better having learned these tips , so will try and let you know if they worked for me.

      • Donna
        May 29, 2018 / 10:00 pm

        Millie, How did the hydrangeas for your son’s wedding hold up? My daughter is also using hydrangeas for her June wedding. I’m a little worried about how they’ll hold up also.

    3. Jan Schsrrier
      August 11, 2018 / 9:47 am

      Wow this is wonderful info. Thanks. I have hydrangeas and needed these tips.

    4. Terri Massman
      August 30, 2018 / 5:57 pm

      Thank you for the info on hydrangeas. I was taught to dip them in alum powder. Is this a good idea?

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