While Fall is a mere 13 days away (not like I’m counting or anything), there’s still time to appreciate some of the favorites of summertime — warm nights, watermelon flavored drinks, sundresses, having an excuse to eat s’mores without a campsite… My favorite of these last gasps of Summer? Hydrangeas.
I am no gardener by any means, but it always seems that when the hydrangeas start blooming, Fall won’t be too far away. Knowing my love for them, a few weeks ago my mom gave me a pair of the most gorgeous light blue hydrangeas. The flowers were so beautiful, I could not believe it when after only one day on my desk they were droopy and lifeless.
Fresh flowers dead after a day? Um, no. A quick google search revealed a technique for reviving the flowers too cool not to share. It’s practically magic.
How to Revive Wilted Hydrangeas
What You’ll Need:
sad, wilted hydrangeas
a pot of boiling water + 2 cups water
a cup filled with fresh water
a clean vase of fresh water
Begin by boiling 2 cups of water in a small pot. Remove the wilted hydrangeas from their current vase and pat the stems dry with a paper towel or cloth. Discard used water from vase and fill with fresh. Set aside. Clip an inch or so off the stem of the hydrangea. Remove the pot of boiling water from the stove and dip the freshly cut stem into the pot of water so just the stem is covered a couple of inches. Keep the stem immersed in the hot water for 30 seconds being careful not to burn yourself with the steam. Remove flower from water and immediately dip into cup of fresh water. Repeat process with the rest of your hydrangeas. Once done, arrange flowers in clean vase of fresh water.
While dipping flowers in boiling water seems borderline destructive, what’s actually happening is the boiling water is helping to permanently unclog the stem of the flower, allowing the fresh water to nourish the blooms. That’s as green-thumb technical as I can get, so just take my word for it. In my case, after dipping the flowers, they were completely perked up and gorgeous by morning and they stayed this way for a week and a half afterward. See, it IS magic!