Tip to Keeping Cut Hydrangeas Looking Fresh….

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Hey Friends!!

Hope you all had a great weekend!

Today, I wanted to share with you a little tip I learned this past week! Have you ever cut blooms off a hydrangea bush & brought them into your home only to have them wilt in a matter of minutes?!  That happened to me over & over again last summer!

I purchased three Endless Summer Hydrangea bushes last year & although I LOVED THEM I had trouble clipping the blooms & bringing them into our home. They would wilt & start to droop almost immediately! I knew there had to be someway to fix this little problem, but never thought to look into it any further. I just decided I would enjoy the blooms on the bushes outside & gave up on bringing them into the home.

Just in the past month, my hydrangea bushes have come into full bloom again & are looking GORGEOUS! I wanted to bring a few inside, but since I had had such bad luck last year, I though I would do a little research online. I came across this article using boiling water?! Sounded strange, but then I read a few other articles recommending the same method. So….I thought I would give it a whirl!

And guess what! It TOTALLY WORKED!!

how to keep fresh cut hydrangeas from wilting
1.) When you go out to your yard to cut your hydrangeas, take a container of water with you. The water should be tepid, not cold. Place the cut hydrangeas directly into the water and then bring them back into your kitchen.

how to keep fresh cut hydrangeas from wilting

2.) Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a medium sauce pan & then pour the water into a cup or other container. Let it cool for a minute & then get ready to dip the hydrangea stems into the boiled water. This removes a sticky, sap like substance from within the stem that may block the stems ability to take in the water.

how to keep fresh cut hydrangeas from wilting

3.) Make sure you cut the stems to the length you want first, and then place the stem into the boiled water & leave it for 30 seconds.  Remove the hydrangea stem from the boiled water & immediately place it in a vase or container with water at room temperature.

how to keep fresh cut hydrangeas from wilting

4.) Arrange the blooms as you’d like in your vase/container & ENJOY!!!

As you can see, I chose an aqua bell jar for my blooms….
Hydrangeas + Aqua Bell Jars = BIG FAT LOVE!!

how to keep fresh cut hydrangeas from wilting

Seriously, aren’t they a perfect match?!

The articles I read also stated that after a few days, if the blooms do start to wilt or droop, you can repeat the boiling water method. This will again, remove the sap from the stem & allow for it to take in the water it needs in order to be revived.  Place the blooms back into a vase with room temperature water & allow plenty of time for the revival process. It may take up to several hours.

how to keep fresh cut hydrangeas from wilting
Do you have hydrangea bushes?!

Have you ever tried this method?!
Got any other tips for beautiful long last blooms?!

I would LOVE to hear about them!
Just leave them in the comments section below!!

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  1. Wow! I didn’t know this. What an awesome tip! I bought a hydrangea bush this weekend. I’m hoping I can get it to grow and bloom. Fingers crossed!

  2. Thanks for the great tips! Mine aren’t blooming yet, I bought 4 plants last year and can’t wait for them to bloom!

  3. Wish I would have known this trick when I got married. All my bridesmaids carried hydrangeas and they wilted very quickly. Thanks for the new tip!

  4. Good to know, thanks! I wonder if this works on other species as well?

  5. So glad you shared this. We have several hydrangeas in our back yard and they are our pride and joy of the backyard! I love to cut them occasionally and enjoy them inside so I will have to try this.

  6. Thanks for the tip! I had never heard that before. I have lots of hydrangea bushes so I’m excited to try this!

  7. I have these same beautiful hydrangea bushes in my front yard! I cut some on Thursday and added sugar and white vinegar to the water. The sugar is supposed to nourish the stems while the vinegar kills bacteria growth. Mine still look amazing! I too LOVE the aqua ball jars, but since I (still) don’t have any, I opted for a clear one that I partially filled with aqua marbles vase filler. Voila! I’m definitely going to give the boiled water method a try thus week-I’ve got a Women’s Bible Study brunch to bring a centerpiece to. The brunch color scheme? Purple and teal!

  8. I don’t have any hydrangeas, but they are my FAVORITE flower…this may have inspired a project I want to do this weekend 🙂

  9. Ooooooh thanks for the tip I will definitely be trying this!!!

  10. Great tips girl! Wish I had a pretty bush like that in my yard that I could clip from, but you know me…I’d kill a bush like that before it got pretty flowers! HA! Love the colors!

  11. I planted a dozen hydrangea bushes last year – my favorite flower!

    Did not know that about the boiling water – will give it a try!

    And yes, mason jars & hydrangeas are a match made in heaven!

  12. Beautiful hydrangeas! Thanks for sharing the tip, I’ll keep it in mind.

  13. I was planning to cut some of our hydrangeas tonight. Now I know how to keep them fresh!

  14. I just found your blog thru Delightful Order and am so impressed! Can’t wait to go check out other posts!

  15. This is really good information, one side of my house is solid hydrangeas. I love to cut them and bring them inside but they wilt so soon. Thank you for the great info, and I LOVE your blog 🙂


  16. oh I LOVE hydrangeas! I bought one of the ones that are supposed to bloom all summer a few years ago, and it died after the first year 🙁

    Thanks so much for linking up! I featured your post in my wrap up http://tidymom.net/2012/summer-ideas/

    Have a safe and fabulous holiday weekend!

  17. Sandi H says:

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful tip!

  18. Anonymous says:

    Gorgeous!! Where did you find your aqua bell jars? I want some!! Thanks. Tammy

  19. Wow I love your hydrangeas! I’m hoping next year to get some planted in our yard! I wonder if this would have worked with lilacs? I had the same problem of them wilting after only a day or two!

  20. Anonymous says:

    You can also cut them and bring them in and put them in a vase with no water or hang upside down. They dry beautifully and lost for years! I bring some in and tie a ribbon around the bouquet and hang them on the wall.

    • Anonymous says:

      i try to dry them but it never works

      • To dry the blossoms of the Hydrangea you must wait till the end of the blooming time. When the blossoms turn pink just before they turn green or when they turn green pick the blossoms with a stem the length you want and put them in a vase with water. Leave them alone and they will dry in due time. If there is any water left in the vase when they are dry just pour the water out. The blossoms are ready to go into an arrangement. I don’t add any other flowers to my hydrangea boquet because I like them just the way they are. They will last for several years. I wonder if there is something to spray on the dry blossoms that will help keep petals from falling when they get bumped into. Like when I’m dusting or someone just needs to touch them because they are so hard to resist. The fresh blossom wont dry they just shrivel up and dry but are not pretty.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Pamala r smash your lilac stems with a hammer your blooms will last alot longer !

  22. I have tried the smash method and it works quite well, however the boiling water makes sense too. Important to change the water every other day or so, and give some them some nourishment in the form of flower food to help them last and cut down on bacteria.

  23. Hydrangeas in vases make my heart skip a beat. So beautiful! Now if I could just get some growing in my back yard…

  24. I’ve tried the boil method for hydrangeas that had already wilted and they perked right up. I’ve also had success with dipping the stem ends of the Annabelle variety in powdered alum before placing in a vase. Not sure if it works for other kinds. Enjoyed this post!

  25. Great tip … I will have to try this. I am a florist and what I do is cut off an inch of stem and totally submerge flower and stem in warm water for a few minutes. This also works with cuts from my garden. Change water daily, submerge whole flower/stem and add a few ice cubes. They will last for weeks…

  26. For my daughters wedding several years ago we had hydrangea centerpieces using hundreds of hydrangeas (Annabelle) from my gardens. Immediately after cutting the flowers, we scorched the cut ends with a flame. Since we had so many we did this using our gas stove. The hydrangeas arrangements were made the day before the wedding and still looked freshly cut at the reception.

    I’m going to try your method too since my hydrangeas are once again in full bloom.

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  32. My daughter discovered this tip last year before her wedding. All of her hydrangeas remained beautiful for days in water & through the wedding & reception. I have three beautiful Blue Nikko buses, so I’m thrilled to be able to keep the blooms fresh for several days inside.

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  44. I have been burning the stem of Queen Annes Lace that you find in fields and on roadsides for many years. It is so beautiful
    when added to roses etc. This must be the same concept for hydrangeas….Pat

  45. hi to all, I live in Canada I use the burn method to seal the stems. I just take a lighter when I pick the hydrangeas and put them in water. They last forever and then you just pull them out of water and they stay perfect and they will dry. I have done lots.

  46. lovely!! 🙂 both – aqua jar fulled with hydrangeas and the tip! ^_^

  47. Thanks I,ll do that cause I love fresh cut flowers and would like them to last

  48. Charlyne says:

    When pruning your hydrangea bushes, you should only prune 1/3 of the bush each year. If you prune the whole bush, you may not get any blooms the following year or just a very few. This way there are always some old wood for the blooms to grow AND it is not noticeable once the stems start to leaf out.

  49. Thank you for sharing how to keep Hydrangea blossoms fresh. I picked a nice boquet this morning and decided to go online and see what I could find about keeping them fresh. I clicked on your blog and got all the info I needed to keep my blossoms fresh. I want to try the boiling water trick and the white vinegar and sugar trick.
    I have 3 Hydrangeas in my back yard and 3 in the front yard that I planted a few years ago and two more that I ordered recently and planted in the front yard yesterday. I love love love Hydrangeas. There are quite a few other flowers growing in my front and back yard. And vegetables in my back yard. It seems I can always find a place for more flowers and vegetables.

  50. Allison says:

    Thank you sooooooooo much for your tip! I cut my hydrangeas yesterday, and followed your tips, and the blooms are doing great!!!!!

  51. Thanks for the tip although I bring hydrangeas into the house all the time and never have a problem. I’ve had vases full in the house that I picked three weeks ago and they are as beautiful as ever. A very long lasting flower as they bloom from June to September.

  52. Erlee Pennington says:

    I sell flowers at the Farmers’ Market including hydrangea flowers. People come back the next week to tell me their flowers are still looking fresh after a week, and they haven’t done nothing. Of course, I have tested the boiling water method myself at home, and the flowers last 10 days or more if I don’t do anything but longer if I change the water and re-cut the stems.

  53. I love hydrangeas, but when I bring them inside they are always full of bugs. Any suggestions on how to get rid of them?

  54. Norma Thompson says:

    I am going to try this method with my hydrangea…mine is part of a bush my mom’s grandmother had.we took a fitting and have a huge bush..plan to put a vase of them on my mom’s and grandmothers grave. There’s really no telling how old these really are. Thanks so much for this tip.


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