After buying some grocery store hydrangeas that wilted almost immediately, I Googled “how to revive wilted hydrangeas” and experimented with the suggestions on my sad blooms. I didn’t realize that hydrangeas wilt pretty easily, so there were a lot of different hacks and suggestions out there. I was surprised that some of the tips I found (like dunking them – blooms and all – in water) didn’t work at all! There was only one method that actually helped to revive my hydrangeas, so I thought I would share that with you today!
Here’s what my hydrangeas looked like:
Here are the steps that actually worked to revive my hydrangeas – the one pictured below is the one that was wilted, in the photos above, but an hour later it was totally perked up again! I am no flower expert (you know I struggle to keep plants alive, haha), but I learned that hydrangeas have a woody stem and also a sticky substance that clogs their stems. Both of these factors can prevent moisture from reaching the flowers, which is why they can wilt even if they’re in a fresh vase of water. The water can’t reach the blooms.
How to Revive Wilted Hydrangeas:
- Boil a few cups of water (in a kettle or pot) and then let cool just a little
- Cut the stems of the hydrangeas at an angle off with a sharp knife (scissors can smush the stem)
- Add a small slit to the bottom stem to help it suck up even more water (0ptional)
- Place the stems in the boiled water
- Let sit for an hour and watch the hydrangeas perk right up!
- Move the hydrangeas back to a vase of fresh water
- Once per day, gently mist to keep them fresh longer
I wish I’d taken a video of the process – after trying a few different methods that totally failed, I didn’t think this would work either so I didn’t think to document the process. So imagine my surprise when I came back into the kitchen to find my hydrangeas looking fresh again.
I hope this helps anyone else who has been disappointed by wilted hydrangeas! This easy hack will revive wilted hydrangeas in an hour – I promise.
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