How to Rescue Your Drooping Near Dead Hydrangeas

How to Rescue Your Drooping Near Dead Hydrangeas

Has this ever happened to you?  You buy a few hydrangeas at the store.  They are not cheap. But, you buy them anyway,

You put them in water when you get home. You place them on your table. You admire their variation in color.  You are pleased with yourself. You are pleased with Mother Nature having created these flowers in the first place.

Next morning, you get your coffee and you see that the entire hydrangea blossom is hanging over the lip of the vase.  Totally dead and drooping?

I wish I had a dollar for each time it has happened. One time visiting my niece in DC for New Year's Eve we bought some spectacular blue hydrangeas for her party that night at around 4PM.  By 8 PM, they were drooping dead over the glass.  We locked eyes across the table and rolled our eyes.  Not exactly a good omen for the new year.

Anyway, my friend Angie, told me a remedy last week when I experienced the EXACT same drooping a day after buying some hydrangeas in Whole Foods Market.

  1. Fill up your sink (or a big bucket) with hot water.
  2. Submerge the entire hydrangea blossom and stem in the water.
  3. Wait 20 minutes. (She said time could vary)
  4. Pick out your fully revived hydrangea

Honest to God, it worked!!

I had to put a small frying pan on the stem of my hydrangea to weight the stalk down so it stayed immersed in the water but that was the only hiccup. Plus, it made me laugh.  So, I share this remedy with utter delight and hope you have similar success!

Thanks, Angie!


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  • Patricia Coakley