How to revive wilted Hydrangeas

Article published at: Jul 25, 2022
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Hydrangeas are showy and stunning but can also be quite temperamental and wilt very easily. In this blog post we’ll show you how you can help bring your hydrangeas back to life.

Hydrangeas are one of the few flowers that needs tons of water. Even the name hydrangea comes from the Greek word ‘hydor’ which means water! As soon as your hydrangea is feeling low on water it will let you know, in the most dramatic way – it will wilt.

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The stem of the hydrangea is woody and flower that has woody stems have harder to get all the water they need. Usually, it’s enough cutting flower stems at an angle but hydrangeas and all flowers with woody stems needs an extra cut upwards in the centre of the stem. This helps the hydrangea suck up more water.

When cutting hydrangeas (and all flowers) make sure your scissors are sharp enough, as cutting flowers with slightly blunt scissors can cause damage to the end of the stem which leads to less water intake for the flower. Now, once you have a bit of background knowledge let’s start..

Materials you will need:

  • Hydrangeas (wilted or droopy)
  • Boiling or very hot water
  • Heat-proof vase
  • Sharp scissors
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Step 1.

Boil your kettle with water.

Step 2.

Cut 1-2 inches of the hydrangea stem, at an angle. Then continue cutting upwards into the centre of the hydrangea stem.

Step 3.

Fill the vase with the hot water.

Step 4.

Place the hydrangeas in the vase filled with hot water.

Step 5.

Leave in a cool, shaded place for minimum of 4 hours. Preferably overnight.


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