A couple of weeks ago, I picked up some hydrangeas and a few other flowers from Trader Joe’s to use in upcoming photoshoots I had planned. Right after getting them home, I plopped them in a bucket of water in the laundry room sink and left them there until I was ready to arrange them the next day.
The next day, though, three of the six hydrangea blooms were wilting! Oh, the disappointment! I love hydrangeas, but they can be unreliable sometimes. I huffed about it a bit, but I needed to get the pictures done, so I used the good blooms and filled the arrangement in with some other flowers.
But, I still was hoping to be able to use the wilted hydrangeas, so I put them in a sink filled with cold water. I’ve tried this trick in the past and it works well if the flowers aren’t too far gone. I left the flowers to soak for about 2-3 hours, turning them occasionally, so all of the leaves and bloom had some time being fully submerged.
And, the wilted flowers perked right up! I gave them a fresh cut on the stem and put them into some fresh water.
Not only were the blooms revived, but they lasted for about five more days!
It was a happy ending.
I know there are other tricks for reviving hydrangeas, but this is the one I’ve used over the years.
I’ve heard there is some trick with boiling water. Has anyone tried that?