Extending the Life of Hydrangea Blooms

Good Morning Friends!

Today we are talking Hydrangeas. Do you have any in your yard?

 I am lucky enough to have some blooming this year. I actually have four Hydrangea bushes in the garden, but one is recovering from the deer eating it and one is recovering from being cut down too far (by me, oops). So, I have two that are actually blooming this season. I have an Annabelle and one that I believe to be a White Swan Mophead




The Annabelle flowers  are extremely delicate and they start to droop as soon as you cut them so I have resolved to limit my cutting this year to only when we have guests in the house. The rest of the time I will keep them on the bushes that I can see from my kitchen window.

Sadly, when you do bring the flowers in doors to enjoy, they don’t last more then a few days at best. This is because when the stems are cut, they produce a sticky substance that prevents moisture from reaching the bloom.



Here are the 2 tips I have found on the internet that are useful for extending the life of your freshly cut & store bought blooms.

The Hot Water method:

 Take water out to the garden with you when you are cutting your blooms. Immediately after cutting each bloom, put the stems in the water.

When you are done cutting your flowers, go inside and boil some water and pour into a cup or bowl. Cut your stems again to the length you want them to be and place them in the hot water for 30 seconds. Then place your flowers in room temperature water and display.

This will also work to revive your blooms, just add changing your arrangement water before re-cutting the stems. The flowers should perk up in a few hours.

Do the same for store bought Hydrangeas if they have been recently cut (4-5 days)


The Alum Dip Method:

Buy some Alum spice at the grocery store (I paid $4 at Walmart)

If you can, cut your Hydrangeas in the morning while it’s still cool.

As above, take a container of water with you to put the flowers in as soon as you cut them off the bush. This is very important, so don’t skip this step.

Again, re-cut your stems to the length you want them to be but before placing them in your vase or container, dip them in the powdered Alum. Now place them in the vase of room temperature water.



I am just trying the Alum method for the first time this year, but I have heard rave reviews of it extending the life of Hydrangea blooms.

Have you tried either method with any success?





19 thoughts on “Extending the Life of Hydrangea Blooms

  1. Karen, I was just struggling with this issue yesterday, and ended up having to throw away one bushel of flowers. I wish I had read this sooner!! I’ll be trying these methods next time I have some in my house. Thank you for sharing!!
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    1. Thanks for stopping by Iris. So sorry you had to throw out flowers, I hate having to do that.
      I found the alum to actually work pretty well in giving an extra few days of life to the flowers.It didn’t always save ALL the blooms, but some is better than none :)

  2. I’m in love with this! Thank you for sharing this with us! Pinned and tweeted! I hope to see you at tonight’s party. We are always so impressed with your creations and can’t wait to see them! Lou Lou Girls

  3. Karen-
    These are fantastic tips! I was a florist for many years and I’ve never hear of either of these methods. I remember that we always put them bloom first into water after getting them in from the wholesaler. Hydrangeas actually absorb more water from the bloom then from the stem. That’s why they do so much better in humid climates. I have to say your flowers look amazing though! I will have to give this a try next time I buy hydrangeas! Thank you so much for taking the time to link with Dream. Create. Inspire. Link! This is one of our features!
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  4. Thanks for the tips!!! I will pick some flowers in the morning :^)
    FYI…when the flower head starts to sag, just soak the HEAD in tap water for a couple of minutes. Then stand it back in the vase and it will revive and be pretty again. I have done this for years, and you can do it 2 or 3 times with the same flower head!
    Have a good weekend and be blessed!

    1. Jane, I have loved them since I was little and my granmother had them :) I’m sorry you are in winter, we just got out of a long cold one and I am relishing in the summer!

    1. Thanks Sydney! I am hoping that I have success using this tip this season, I always feel bad when I cut them off the bush and then they just die or when I have bought them at the store to only nhave them die the next day. Fingers crossed!

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