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.

How to care for hydrangea and keep them from wilting after you cut them and put them in a vase.

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.

Learn how to cut flowers properly and keep flowers alive longer.

Use Boiling 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!

How to arrange and care for hydrangea flowers.

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!)

Showcase those Hydrangea!

Adding hydrogen peroxide into flower arrangements helps make flower arrangements last longer. The hydrogen peroxide kills germs and mold to keep your floral arrangements looking beautiful longer and stop hydrangea drooping. Cut hydrangea care 101.
Easy tips to keep your hydrangeas alive longer.

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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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  • Pam
    April 30, 2018

    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! 🌺

  • Millie
    May 28, 2018

    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

      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.

    • Rhonda
      January 4, 2020

      The florist in Dallas use Allum. You dip the cut flower in it before placing in arrangement. You get at the store it’s used for pickling. Also amazon sells something similar called quick dip. Everyone raves about it too for extending the life of flowers.

  • Jan Schsrrier
    August 11, 2018

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

  • Terri Massman
    August 30, 2018

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

  • Tracey Mackenzie
    July 26, 2019

    Thank you for sharing your tips on saving Hydrangeas from wilting. I have had a problem with this in the past and I am very glad to have found this article.

    • Kelly
      July 29, 2019

      Wonderful, Tracey! It totally works. As a hydrangea lover I work to keep them alive as long as I can to enjoy them! Let me know how it works out — and I hope you’ll sign up for my newsletter!

  • Katrina
    January 23, 2020

    I love hydrangeas, I’m curious if you have any info about
    the beautiful white iradescent white pitcher with the silver handle. I can’t wait to try the tricks you suggested.

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