white hydrangeas

Several months ago I shared some of my tips on Instagram Stories for keeping hydrangeas alive for a couple of weeks.  Christian laughs at me that I have nicknamed myself “the hydrangea whisperer,” and he knows I will try all of these strategies before giving up on my flowers!


Cut stems at an angle.  After a few days or a week or so I’ll check the stems when giving them fresh water and I’ll give them a fresh stem cut.

Use a clear vase.  I try to use glass vases for my hydrangeas because they drink so much water, and if I can’t see the water level it’s likely they’ll be low before I even realize.

Dunk the head of the hydrangea in water when the bloom is look wilty or sad.  Leave the flower dripping by the sink and in a few hours, you’ll be amazed at the difference.  The bloom needs water too, not just the stem!  If your blooms are looking extra sad, try leaving them in a large bowl of very hot water for up to 45 minutes.

Boil water and put the stem in the hot water until the water has cooled.  I don’t even quite know why this works, but it usually does!

You can also add some ice cubes to the water or use a spray bottle of water to mist the blooms if you don’t want to dunk them under the faucet.  This article has some great tips too!

Thanks so much for reading, and if you have any tips of your own specific to hydrangeas I’d love to hear!  For tulips, pennies from 1981 or older can be dropped in the vase.  The copper in the water helps them stand up straighter.  It sounds crazy, but it’s always worked for me! XO –

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5 thoughts on “How to Keep Hydrangeas Alive

  1. The best tip i have received is dipping them in Alum after cutting the stems!

  2. So the information listed suggest smashing the stems of the hydrangea, that’s not the way to keep your flowers alive. Try dipping the freshly cut stem in alum. Alum is found on the spice aisle at your local grocery store.
    It works wonders

  3. No matter the flowers and if I have room to spare in the fridge, I like to put the vase in the fridge over night to help keep them fresh too! I swear it extends the life of the arrangement!

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