How to Revive Wilted Hydrangeas

I love fresh cut flowers in the house, but some of them don’t last too long.  Did you know that you can revive wilted hydrangeas? With a couple of easy steps you can bring your hydrangeas back to life for days longer.

Boil a few cups of water in a sauce pan or tea kettle.   Remove the wilted hydrangea stems from the vase.

How to Revive Wilted Hydrangeas

Trim off about an inch of the bottom of the stem.  Try to cut at as much of an angle as you can so more of the stem is exposed.

Add your boiling water to a heat proof container.  We used a pyrex dish, but had to prop the cuttings agains something because they kept falling over.  Something taller like a large reusable coffee mug might work better to keep the stems from falling out of the water.

How to Revive Your Wilted Hydrangea Cuttings

Leave the stem in the hot water for a couple of hours.  We added more hot water a few times when the water had cooled off. The process seemed to work better after we added additional hot water.

How to Revive Wilted Hydrangeas

After a few hours, the petals had all perked up again!!!! I was a bit skeptic at first, but I couldn’t believe the results. The flowers are on day 4 of their revival and still going strong. Now you can revive those wilted hydrangeas and keep them for days longer!  They have lasted longer than most cut flowers because of this neat little trick.

how to revive wilted hydrangeas

If you’re looking for more green thumb tricks, check out our post on how to cut and store peony flowers.