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How to Save a Wilted Hydrangea

ranch lifeChloe | Boxwood Ave.2 Comments
Save your wilted hydrangeas!

If you're like me - then you like flowers. A lot. I seriously have a small obsession with having fresh blooms in the house. So much so, that I have them delivered from the flower market in Reno. If I don't have fresh flowers in the house, I don't feel like the house is alive. At the very least, I have live plants potted throughout the rooms, because I once read it in a Feng Shui magazine when I was 14. It stuck. 

One of my favorite flowers is a hydrangea. They're easy to grow pretty much everywhere (side note - I've never seen anything as beautiful as the hydrangeas I saw in France), and they're fairly inexpensive. Plus, they make a BIG impact in arrangements. The worst part of hydrangeas though? Their finicky temperament (insert angry red emoji face). 

Save your wilted hydrangeas!

For years I would talk to my hydrangeas as I drove them home (buckled in) in the front seat of my car. I would beg them not to be wilty for at least a week, and sometimes they'd listen, but often times they wouldn't! It would make me so sad to walk out to the kitchen only to see an arrangement with a completely droopy hydrangea. 

To help prevent wilting in the first place, keep your stems in a cool place until you're ready to arrange. Even on the drive home, make sure they stay cool (this means wearing a jacket and blasting the air conditioning if you have to...). Also, make sure they don't spend even a second without cool water. 

One of the FIRST blog posts I ever wrote happens to be on hydrangeas, and in it, I mention lots of tips for caring for the outdoor plants, and a few tips for caring for cut plants, but this is the best piece of hydrangea advice ever. I have to say, I haven't tried this technique for home grown cuts yet, but it works like a charm for store bought! 

What is this technique you might ask?


Yep, that's it! Simply place the entire stem in a bucket of cold water (let it lay down horizontally, and remove all leaves), and watch as she perks back up! It takes a few hours for the transformation to happen, but it's absolutely amazing! It makes sense, though, because Hydrangeas hate hot climates and they love lots of water. 

Save your wilted hydrangeas!

What's your best cut flower advice? I'd love to hear in the comments!! 

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