how to bring potted hydrangeas back to life

Just bought the darn hydrangeas yesterday. Excellent! Read on! I think it was watered too much! Yes, this is my blog. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. I had tried a bunch of other techniques but none of them really worked. We are in southern Texas..it’s 104 degrees, have you lost your $&_(+= mind! I’ve done it once and it worked. ~ karen, Thanks for your quick reply, Karen, and for the awesome trick :). It works EVERY time. Good luck with your wedding. (any dirt in the container can make its way into the stem clogging it even more. My flowers have been sitting in the hot water for about 2 hours and they look 100x better – thank you!! Other Ways To Save Your Wilting Hydrangea. It’s important to step back and look at this bloom for the water-lover it really is! EVERYTHING is Brown and dead. This might be a loaded question! This will help that. ~ karen. I wouldn’t make it any earlier than Friday. Hydrangeas must be … There are more than 100 species of this plant, which are native to eastern and southern Asia, as well as in south and north America. Isn’t it great?! Notify me via e-mail if anyone answers my comment. No help. They should revive in a couple of hours and live another day or two. Or … give your husband a shot. After 30 minutes, the blooms have started to come back. These varieties include the Annabelle, PeeGee, Burgundy Lace, Limelight, and Quickfire. This spring, when I went to look at it, it was growing. I would pretty much do anything to salvage this plant. Other Ways To Save Your Wilting Hydrangea. Are these old wives’ tales or can we depend on some of these tricks to save our beautiful hydrangea blooms? Now I can welcome them back into my floral arranging repertoire with open arms. Amazing!!! Good luck and congratulatiosn to your daughter! They are practically laying on the ground. ~ karen! :) ~ karen. I’m sooooo having faith this will work thank you!!! They really are. Well, I can’t solve all the world’s problems, but I might be able to help with this one. ~ karen, GREAT tip and OMG you are hysterically funny! I forgot to remove those immediately and did so right after I took the photo. Have you used any of these tips or any of my other florist secrets? Seriously – I had sworn off of hydrangeas because they’re so damn fussy. Thank you, thank you, a million times thank you. You want to force all the water into the bloom. I don’t want the added stress of dealing with wilted blooms! [Source: WorkBasket] Tips For Helping It Thrive Outdoors. Set the pot on a board and surround it with “stuff” to provide added insulation. I planted them anyhow, thinking they need to get in the ground and maybe then they’d come to. 4. Might just have to use the phrase in a post. So, last night, frustrated that my 1 day old fluffy white hydrangeas were completely wilted and dead and only got worse after soaking, i googled ” how do you revive wilted hydrangeas?” Your boiling water technique was hard to believe but I was desperate and tried it. If it does happen to do it again, yes you can recut and do the process over again. They completely came back to life. I know this is a very old post but I am a Japanese Floral Design (Ikebana) instructor and there is an even easier way to condition flowers with woody stems. This is because I’m probably crazy. ~ karen! I just don’t happen to have any wilted hydrangeas at the moment. Small Hallway Design and Decorating Ideas, 20 of the BEST Tips for Home Organization, 5 Ways to Get Organized for Back to School, Organize Your Kitchen for GOOD with Drawer Organizers, Minimalist Kitchen | Easy Organizing Tips for a Simple Kitchen. They can drink through their petals, so this works a lot of the time! I have a wedding That im designing the bouquets for came home from buying them couple hours later and found them wilted and so sorry looking started to freak out and stress out hubby searched online came across your post these baby’s are in hot water as we speak! I will then curse my stupidity  and throw them out vowing to never, EVER buy hydrangeas again. I’m so glad I saw this tip! ~ karen! Thank tou again for sharing this post! Trim it back, especially where it is dead. How long does this effect last- and can you repeat it with the same results? I have asked for advice in floral departments and was told to either hammer the stems to splay them or t-cut the stems to allow the flower to drink more water. One thousand thank-you’ for this post. I too have suffered wilted hydrangeas for years. You can make your own floral preservative if you happen to be human with human type things in your cupboards. Or should I give them more time and hope they stand up? Boohoo – I was not. However, after a few days, these beautiful blooms often start to droop, so I did a little research and actually found a way to bring them back to life! This saved me even though it seemed totally counterintuitive! While I was readying for church I kept peaking at it….instant signs of renewal! Fill a heat proof vase or vessel with the boiling water. Dunk the heads of the hydrangeas right under the water. Make sure all the the hydrangea stems are cut at an angle. I did cut up the stem so they could consume more water as well! Plus, I’m happy you found my site. Concurrently, remove any weak or dead branches by also cutting them off at the base. I do this even though I know within 2 hours of bringing them home, anywhere from one to all of them will  wilt and die. ~ karen. Once she wilts there, she’s pretty much ready for the garbage. They felt a little dry, but not super dry. Further, for optimal results in growing hydrangeas, one should keep around three flowering shoots on the plant at any given time and prune away the rest. VERY cute tie necklaces on your site by the way! Di – Funny! So far after only 2 hrs they are perking back up!!!! Then I discovered a solution that actually works. It was so pretty, and I was hoping to save it! Usually around 3 hours but I tend to do this overnight. First but the stems at a slant under water three times. But your tips about reviving them are nonetheless fabulous. ~ karen. Leach off excess fertilizer by pouring in water and letting it drain completely from the pot. How to Bring Back a Hydrangea Bush Step 1. I’m going to be doing this the day of/before for sure! I wasn’t quite ready to toss the whole arrangement out yet, so I decided to try a hack I’d come across online for reviving hydrangeas just to see if I could extend the life of the blooms a few more days. I read this post a long time ago – just because I live in south Florida and I love hydrangeas, but they hate south Florida and I’ve grown weary of buying them just for them to crap out on me within hours of purchase – except today… Today, I was making 40 arrangements for a memorial service for a dear lady and I wanted the main flower to be a white hydrangea. We grab a pretty bundle of fluffy hydrangea blooms at the grocery store. Has anyone tried this with hydrageas in the ground?? Thank you so very much for the tip! Thanks for the highly entertaining comment Jennifer! And then I will say NOOOOoooooOOOoooooo. I thought you had a very professional setup with a flower case. I only mention this because it appears your name is … similar. Good luck in the contest! Step 2 Replant outdoor hydrangeas, making sure they are spaced farther apart and … We had the hardest winter last year that we have had in a very long time. Here in the north, they die back for winter, then we cut them down to a couple inches tall, and in spring they grow back, to bloom next fall. Boil water. Cut 1" off the bottom of the stem with a sharp knife or good snips. Oh, lol! My daughter is getting married and wants me to make her bouquet. But when I read this method (skeptically, I may add but then feeling better after I read that 99% of the comments were successful) I was filled with hope. Thanks!!! I’ll try again but. I’m not positive, but I’m pretty sure. I have a baby shower at my house tomorrow and my beautiful blue hydrangeas wilted within hours of buying, trimming and putting them in the case. But if you bring them home and they wilt within the first few days, try sitting them in hot water. First, re-cut your stem at a deep angle. ~ karen. Hi Teresa – First let me say thanks! In very hot areas, they may stop blooming in the hottest point of the season, but then they start back up again soon after. Yes, even when they are in a bucket or vase of water, they might need more water. Good job. Plunge the stem immediately into the water. While there are probably too many to list, let’s discuss a few! It's dispelling air that was preventing water from making it up the stem. A great, big, huge bucket overflowing with huge soft heads of hydrangea petals. Thanks so much. *I believe* hydrangeas wilt because of a sap they produce that dries up when you cut them. This only needs to be done if the stem isn’t long enough to keep the flower tipped to the side and away from the steam and heat of the water. It will burn them. Some are even just fine in zone 2, which can get as cold as -40 C! BAHAHAHAHA!! Transplant it into another, larger pot with drainage and some decent well composted potting soil. My plan in a little while is to do a post on a flower arrangement made entirely out of stolen flowers. Place your hydrangea bush in an area where it receives at least four hours of sunlight. If so, pat yourself on the back and contemplate the beauty of nature! That’s right! I need this milk because I can’t go to bed unless I’ve had my glass of milk and exactly 2 ginger snap cookies, whether I’m hungry or not. Fill up one side of your kitchen sink or a tub and dunk the entire cut hydrangea stem (including the blooms) of the wilted hydrangea flowers in the water. Sometimes these things work but usually not. Hydrangeas are by far one of my most favorite flowers! This creates more of an opening for the bloom to soak up more water! Thanks for that great tip. It was like watching a miracle happen! Do you know how to get them to dry without wilting? Glad your girlfriend was able to bring her flowers back to life. You can’t make the floral bouquet as early as Wednesday for the Saturday wedding. I tried for years to figure out a method that worked. First of all, did you know that their very name originates from Greek and translates to “water vessel”? Please share in the comments! Or move them into an unheated garage once the plants are dormant. Plus it’s very difficult for a plant like a hydrangea to flourish inside unless you have the right conditions including a very bright window. Water these shrubs deeply every few days in the heat of the summer (note that hand watering isn’t deep enough) and mulch around plants to hold moisture in the soil longer. When did looking slutty become to goal? Crazy, right? What a find! You’re welcome Kasey! Just have a read over the instructions again to make sure you did everything right. I wish I knew you at my first daughter’s wedding… I through all the hydrangeas out after they died 2 hour before the reception. 5.Let it sit for as long as it takes for the flower to refresh. *following*, Thanks Ann! Cut back the hydrangea's shoots when the plant has stopped flowering. I bought a “test bouquet” the other day and sure enough, 2 of the 3 heads wilted within a day! I was told to put them in ice water, so I kept plunking ice cubes in there to no avail. Then cut a small slit vertically up the middle of the newly trimmed stem. My husband bought me a potted hydrangea for our anniversary two weeks ago. Yeah, no. Kudos to Karen and LMAO @slut-off. Select a new pot for the hydrangea that measures approximately 2 to 4 inches deeper and wider than its current container. Thank you for this helpful advise. Karen Bertelsen. OK, this week, I bought 9 potted hydragea plants to plant and I put them in the garage until the morning. You made me think of things that had not occurred to me before. I raced to the deck and there it was. A crazy genius, but there really isn’t any better kind. Should I be patient, or try dumping a cup of hot water on them? If hydrangea blooms start to prematurely wilt you can totally submerge them in a “bath” of water for about 45 minutes. Roses are prime candidates for this treatment to get rid of their drooping heads. While there are probably too many to list, let’s discuss a few! I’m guessing it works either way! Just a quick, one second dip will do. Feels so good to help three ways. Do u have any tips for wilted-ass potted hydrangeas? It might not work every time, but if we can extend the life of these beautiful blooms, it’s worth a try, right? THIS is why you always read that you should cut stems under water. They’re the opossum of the flower world. Bring new life to hydrangea with this simple step-by-step tutorial. Love your post. So, I was holding my breath the entire time. There are numerous theories floating around about reviving these beauties when they wilt and prolonging their vase life. :) I’m trying this now…. You’re the second or third person whose wedding flowers were saved by this. However, hydrangeas don't survive well when their roots sit in water for extended periods. But if it doesn’t rain hard they say lovely all summer and turn a pale green in late summer. I mean, what do I have to lose at this point right? OMG … NOT a genius. I am trying this RIGHT NOW. Step 2. And married a fetus. However, I think it helps to have some basic background on hydrangea as a whole. It’s a tip I’ve used over and over for the past decade without one single failure. I’m so glad it worked! When you remove them from the water, gently pat them dry with paper towels. Andrea! And the flowers of course! This is a good thing. I placed my wilted hydrangeas in water for a few hours and they look perfect again! ~ karen! It’s a good trick! ;) Hope we’ll work together again! It will! Leave them for at least 15 minutes or submerged overnight. Thank you so so much for this tip! ©2021 Julie Blanner, All Rights Reserved. Like they were all mass mudered on my garage floor. That’s why I swore them off too. 5. As soon as I saw it I knew it would be coming home with me. I am just wondering: what causes them to wilt in the first place? ~ karen, Mine didn’t come back to life I did eaxactly what this said to do :/, Hi Viry – The only time this trick won’t work is when the hydrangeas have genuinely died. Thank you Karen!!! Thanks! It depends on how hardy the plant is. Fill a heat proof vase or vessel with the boiling water. Glad you found my site. Obviously your hydrangea could wilt for a multitude of reasons, whether they are plants in your garden or in a vase on your countertop. Yep. I know, it’s sad. 6. I woke up to a bad storm that stayed around for 2 days. By time we left for church it was off life support and on it’s own! ~ karen! Home » Entertaining » Flowers » How to Revive Wilted Hydrangea. (2-8 degrees celsius or 36 – 46 fahrenheit) If the flowers are close to being opened, then they should be kept in as cool a room as possible to stop them from opening any more. While a caretaker should not soak the roots, they should also never get completely dry either. Pour the hot water into a heat safe container. No protecting from steam, no boiling water, no long wait. I wouldn’t add the flower food packet to the boiling water simply because the method works perfectly without doing that. Cutting back your plants The first step in proper winter care is to cut back any old wood down to the base. This scenario happened to me about once a month for 10 years. It’s a family tradition. Typically 3 hours or so. Pour the water into a vase. The best way to grow hydrangeas is by purchasing a shrub from a garden center and planting it directly into the ground after the last frost in early spring or well before the first frost in early fall when the weather is mild. Fill a very clean heat resistant container with boiling water. Your ability to convey this information would make you an amazing teacher. Who has a giant fridge in their house for flowers?? Now that you’ve moved your hydrangeas into the garage, you can lug them back outside again because that is the best place for them over the winter. ~ karen! Added tip: when re-cutting the bottom of a hydrangea (or lilac, or blossoming branch– anything ‘woody’), make sure to slice the stem lengthwise an inch or two. ;) Brilliant! A thief after my own heart! Often, when I purchase grocery store blooms, it’s because I am entertaining. Went out and bought and planted 3 hydrangea bushes. Did you know that it’s possible to revive your wilted hydrangea? JulieBlanner.com receives a small commission when certain items are purchased, but the price is the same for you. Sadly, the white puff was still on life support. According to the United States National Arboretum, Hydrangea macrophylla is the most popular species grown in America. Wrap paper around the stem of the hydrangea to protect the flower from the hot steam. And this one works EVERY single time. Which is gross, because hydrangeas aren’t cheap! Or … at least tried to swear them off. WOW this is an amazing tip! Do u have a blog? By Friday evening, they looked like Diana’s afro when it rained on her during her Central Park concert. The boiling water dissolves it and allows water to freely run up the stem again. There are a couple tricks to try, and I’m going to lead you through the steps. :( The problem is it may have become too stressed to recover. The Best Curry Chicken Salad You’ll Ever Eat. Completely fried. The following day, Saturday, I was so distraught after awakening and seeing my puffs begging to either be put out of their misery or for me to try something to help them. This is how it usually goes when I buy hydrangeas: I’m at the grocery store for the sole purpose of buying 1% milk. If you don’t have good clippers, smashing the ends with a hammer works well, too :) Just a couple of tips from a sincere florist! There are numerous theories floating around about reviving these beauties when they wilt and prolonging their vase life. Long time reader here! I’ve always wanted to take a course. Put a towel around the top of the jar so steam wouldn’t rise up to wilt flowers more. Acid maintains the proper pH balance that the flower likes. I just tried the hot water trick. Thanks for making the video it was fun to watch. I’ll give it one more try… just because of you. ~ karen! Bleach keeps everything clean and helps slow down bacterial growth. Leave two pairs of leaves on each shoot. You'll notice bubbles coming out of the stem as soon as you put it in the water. I had a potted hydrangea that I had bought but not managed to get planted, and i left it in my wagon outside. When I first learned about it I brought some hydrangeas home just waiting for them to die! Some hydrangeas are hardy for freezing weather and others are not. This hot water treatment will revive a wilted hydrangea in a few hours and if you treat your cutting garden flowers with a 5 second hot water treatment, it will help to prevent them from wilting in the first place. Now I’m off to donate to the “Adopt Karen” fund. Late summer bloomer. Do I have to change the water if it will cool on its own? You are a genious, where do you come up with this stuff? I will let you know how it goes! I had suspected it for a while now but this settles it: you’re a genius. When I shared this trick on Instagram the other day, I was surprised at the response and thought it would be worth a full post. After 3 hours, the hydrangeas have come all the way back to life, pretty amazing. It’s been two years since I have even had a fleeting thought to purchase a bunch of those demon flowers, I pass them in the market and hold my index fingers up in a cross in front of me warding them off like the devil! (as long as they’ve wilted and aren’t so old that they haven’t actually died) But if you just bought them, they should just be wilted and reviving soon! We were told the refrigerate them upon arrival- hello??! Sink the pot in the ground, if it is an all weather non-decorative container, to protect the roots from the cold. It’s in a beautiful basket with smaller individual cups inside. (You should do this with all flowers when arranging.) Remove all the excess leaves that you can. I love how they instantly brighten up a room! All I will have is three ugly green sticks. And I’m afraid you really do have to cut the brown stuff off. Replant indoor hydrangeas in a pot of fresh, dry soil and make sure the pot is large enough to give the plant plenty of space. Hah! ~ karen. :) ~ karen. How To Keep Hydrangeas Alive & Bring Them Back To Life! She wants hydrangea, gerbera, roses, and dusty miller. Place the hydrangea (s) in the vase filled with hot water. I still have one daughter to go and by golly SHE is going to have hydrangeas now that you have showed me they can live once they are one step out of the florist shop!!! So it finally got nicer outside, and I went out to the garage to start to plant them and they were wilted beyond belief. While strangers were helping me, I was unknowingly helping you. Thanks Brett! NEh-eh. Debbie, Last week I lost my grandmother to cancer and the family was sent this beautiful hydrangeas / peace Lilly arrangement. :), Your email address will not be published. Super easy! I couldn’t believe it. Place the pot in a well-ventilated area and do not overwater. ~ karen. ** remove extra leaves so they don’t hog all the water**. My friend needed help and she is delighted. Overwintering Indoors: Store plant nearly dry in a cold cellar for the winter; bring into warmer place in January and begin watering. This really works. Today I went to water it…I only water every 2-3 days and he says “oh I put it on the deck the other dayIt needed more Sun.” 30 Jan. A while back I saw the hack of if you put Hydrangeas in a sink full of cold water overnight they’ll come back to life. mine are blooming now and every time I cut a bunch, they look gorgeous for a few hours, maybe a day and then they wilt… I would sure love to have them last longer! From the first night I brought it home the blooms wilted. Hi thanks for replying to fast!! Is there anything I can do? Hydrangeas, often given as gifts for spring holidays, produce delicate, brightly colored blossoms on globe-shaped flower heads. In most hardiness zones, you can leave hydrangeas on your patio unprotected, as they are very cold hardy. Thank you so much. Im now a very happy camper. Your a fantastic writer! Similar to the case of other plants within the same family, it has distinct flowers. In less than an hour, badly wilted (not dead) hydrangea will come amazingly back to life. When this one did, I just about fell over. Hi Jules. When the flower is revived quickly put it into fresh, cool water. How to Get Potted Hydrangeas to Rebloom. Three days later they are still going strong. Also, I’ve attempted to inform those girls that they look like slutty, slutty maniacs. Manually remove the fertilizer visible to your naked eye. Hydrangeas grown from seed could take up to three to five years before they … Can you see me over here doing my happy dance? The main stems are still green..but the rest is just ugly brown. Just leave them in the vase overnight or until they’re in good shape then quickly plunk them in their vase. Just wondering what can I do if my grocery store plant is dying before I get the chance to plant it? Wow!!! Everything I read says cut the dead parts off but…. A sharp knife is better for cutting than kitchen scissors because it will slice through the stem instead of crushing it. Instructions Bring a kettle of water to the boil. Try it, don’t be scared! There’s no need to do it unless you see them starting to get sad looking. Note: I have always used cool water, but many people believe warm water is better for this process. I have alum in the cupboard because I make pickles. LOVE Ikebana by the way! But you can give it a shot. I would cut them back and take good care of them, they may return. Your email address will not be published. Copyright © 2021 The Art of Doing Stuff. Hydrangea is a genus of flowering plant that belongs to the Hydrangeaceae family. *Contest*. I make my way through the flower department without incident until I see the huge bucket of hydrangeas. This trick is used to seal the end of the hydrangea stem. However, the foliage of the hydrangea actually steals the water from the bloom itself. One questions (and a possible idea for a “Part 2” blog post for you??? Here is what happened within a few hours: Yes, I made a video to share with you all how it magically came back to life! A bouquet of spectacular flowers can brighten up any home . You want to exercise caution here and never cut the healthy wood, as this is typically where the new blooms form for the next season. He even got a good LOL out of it. I have even seen tips from others that suggest leaving them submerged overnight. Flower food actually works so don’t throw those packets out when you get them. All hydrangeas will turn brown if they wilt too many times in hot weather. However, I think if I’d had a little more patience (and some of the tricks I’m going to outline below) they might have made it as well! I cut (with knife) and put stems in hot water this morning about 8:30. Careful in your variety choice, however – when living in extremely hot areas, as some do not do well in extreme heat. 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