Teeny Tips Tuesday- How to Revive Hydrangeas

Today, I thought I would share a Teeny Tip on how to revive hydrangeas. In case you didn’t know, hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers. We have a few hydrangea bushes in our yard. Every few weeks, I treat myself and pick up a bouquet of hydrangeas from the supermarket for about $5 or $6. The first time I bought hydrangeas, they lasted for a week if not longer. When they died, I went right out and picked up another bunch. A week of beautiful blooms for $5? Uh yes please. The next morning, I went down to make coffee and my beautiful hydrangeas were wilted! They didn’t last two days. Has that ever happened to you?

Last Summer, I came across an article about hydrangeas and how they love water. The article said that you could revive hydrangeas by soaking the whole bloom in water. It sounded too easy but I gave it a try and it worked like a charm!

How to revive hydrangeas

Before: Wilted Hydrangea

how to revive hydrangeas

When your hydrangea bloom starts to wilt, submerge the bloom in a water bath for about 45 minutes.

how to revive hydrangeas

I used a plastic container for this picture. You could also use the kitchen sink, which I have also done. I am guessing that my sink was full of dishes at the time.

how to revive hydrangeas

Make sure the bloom is fully submerged.

how to revive hydrangeas

Sometimes I will put something on top of the hydrangea to ensure it stays submerged.

how to revive hydrangeas

When the 45 minutes (give or take) is up, remove the hydrangea from the water, cut the stem and place the bloom in a fresh vase of water. I place the vase on a towel because the hydrangea will be a hot mess of dripping water as it “dries out”. After a couple of hours the hydrangea will start to revive and perk back up. When you get up the next morning you should have a fully revived hydrangea.

It doesn’t matter what time of day you revive hydrangeas. If you do it at night, all the magic happens while you are sleeping. I usually end up doing it in the morning and my blooms are revived by dinner time.

how to revive hydrangeas

After: Revived Hydrangea

Wouldn’t you know it, as soon as that bloom perked up, the other one wilted.

If you are interested in a super easy way to dry hydrangeas, you can check out this post.



  1. WOW! I had no idea. What an awesome tip – thanks :)

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