How To Stop Hydrangeas From Wilting


By following these simple tips, you’ll be able to stop your hydrangeas from prematurely wilting, keeping them looking fresh for up to three weeks.

When choosing hydrangea stems to cut, the first thing to know is that it’s essential to select mature blooms. Mature blooms are usually sturdier and less prone to wilting. To identify these, look for flowers that have fully opened, with rich, vibrant colors.

Selecting the Right Hydrangeas For Your Vase

When you’re ready to create a beautiful arrangement with cut hydrangeas, start by grabbing pruning sheers to cut the stems. Pruning sheers (or sharp scissors) ensures a clean cut, which helps the stem absorb water more efficiently..

How to Cut The Stems Correctly

Remove as many of the lower leaves as possible. Any leaves below the water line must be removed. Leaving the leaves attached can introduce mold into the water and the plant. I usually remove the majority of leaves, and just completely fill my vase with big flowers.

Remove Leaves Below Waterline

Room Temperature Water Using room temperature water is crucial for your hydrangeas’ health. When preparing a vase for your bouquet, fill it with water that’s neither too hot nor too cold. This ensures that your hydrangeas can comfortably absorb the water they need to stay fresh.

Preventing Wilting & Drooping

If, despite your best efforts, your hydrangeas start to wilt, it’s not a lost cause! The good news is that trying one of these techniques will revive the blooms and prolong the life of the hydrangea.

Reviving Wilted Hydrangeas

Try reviving your hydrangeas by soaking the blooms in ice water for several hours. This should help the flowers perk up nicely, since they can the absorb water through the petals as well as the stem.

Ice Water Bath