Will wilted hydrangeas come back?

Answered by Antonio Sutton

Wilted hydrangeas can potentially come back to life if they are properly rehydrated. Hydrangeas are unique in that they have the ability to draw moisture in through their florets, even after they have wilted. This means that with a little care and attention, you may be able to revive your wilted blooms and enjoy their beauty for longer.

To revive wilted hydrangeas, start by cutting about an inch off the bottom of each stem at a 45-degree angle. This will help the stems absorb water more efficiently. Next, fill a clean vase or container with room temperature water and place the hydrangeas in it. Make sure that the water completely covers the stems.

Now, here’s the key step: completely submerge the wilted blooms in water. This allows the florets to absorb moisture directly and rehydrate. Gently push the blooms down into the water until they are fully submerged. If you have a heavy object like a clean rock or a small weight, you can place it on top of the blooms to keep them underwater.

Leave the hydrangeas submerged for a few hours, allowing them ample time to absorb the water and rejuvenate. You may notice that the florets start to plump up and regain their original shape. This is a sign that the rehydration process is working.

After a few hours, carefully remove the hydrangeas from the water and place them back in the vase. You may also want to consider adding flower food or a homemade floral preservative to the water to help prolong the blooms’ freshness. Keep the hydrangeas in a cool, well-lit area, away from direct sunlight and drafts.

It’s important to note that not all wilted hydrangeas can be successfully revived. If the blooms are severely wilted or have started to turn brown, their chances of coming back to life may be slim. However, it’s always worth a try to see if you can revive them before discarding them.

In my personal experience, I have successfully revived wilted hydrangeas by following these steps. It can be quite satisfying to see the once-droopy blooms perk up and regain their vibrancy. So don’t give up on your wilted hydrangeas just yet – give them a chance to come back to life with a little extra care and attention.