How to Cut Hydrangeas So They Won’t Wilt

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How to Cut and Care for Hydrangeas So They Won’t Wilt

If you are a hydrangea lover like me, then you probably remember the post I did in the spring about How to Turn Hydrangeas Pink or Blue. With this figured out, I had to find out how to keep my cut hydrangeas from wilting.  Sometimes after you cut them, the blooms can start to wilt without the right care.

I have a few easy fixes to keep cut hydrangeas fresh for a long time.

How to cut hydrangeas so they will not wilt

How to Cut Hydrangeas So They Will Not Wilt

I have had success following these gardening tips about how to cut hydrangeas so that they will not wilt after cutting.

  • Best time to cut hydrangeas is early morning.
  • Hydrangea leaves come in groupings of two and you want to cut the flowers where two of the stems meet so the flower can keep flowering.
  • Cut hydrangea stems about 8 inches long with leaves on them. You can trim to vase size later.
  • DO NOT use clippers or a pair of scissors to cut the stems, instead use a very sharp knife with a smooth blade (not a serrated blade).
  • Do not cut stem straight across. When you cut the stems with scissors or straight across the stem gets pinched which does not allow water in.
  • Use the knife to cut a long diagonal cut down the length of the stem – about 2 -3 inches. This allows lots of water to enter and travel up the stem.
  • Plunge the stems into water as soon as you cut them.

If you cut the stems this way,  you will be rewarded with full lush blooms that will not wilt.

Just cut pink hydrangeas from the garden in a vase on a kitchen table.

Free Hydrangea Vase Idea:  I didn’t have a vase big enough to hold the long stemmed hydrangea blooms I cut from my yard so I used a large pickle jar that you get when you buy in bulk at places like Costco.  Works perfectly.

How to change the color of hydrangeas to purple.

Emergency Method to Stop Hydrangeas from Wilting

If hydrangea blooms start to wilt you can try to revive them by totally submerging them in a “bath” of water for about 40 minutes. Then recut the bottom of the stems and place the stems into boiling water for a few seconds and then back into a vase of fresh water. They should revive in a couple of hours and stay perky for a few more days.

Hydrangea Tips that May Help You Get Bigger and More Blooms Every Year

TIP – Growing Hydrangeas: You would think fertilizer is supposed to make plants grow better, but with hydrangeas, too much fertilizer actually encourages lots of leaves and fewer flowers.  If you want to use fertilizer, one application of a well-balanced slow-release fertilizer in the spring should be enough. 

TIP – Cutting Hydrangeas:  If your hydrangea blooms on old wood (ie. last year’s stems), you should not prune much at all. You can cut the ends off the branches, up to the first set of 2 leaves, if you want to dead head the plants immediately after blooming.  But cutting any more than that is probably removing some of next year’s blooms…and that includes cutting blooms for your dining room table flower arrangement.

How are your hydrangeas in your yard or garden growing this year?

Did your hydrangeas bloom this year?  If not and you want to know the reason why they didn’t, try this fix for beautiful hydrangea blossoms every year.

Pink and light purple hydrangeas in a glass vase on wood table in kitchen

Flower gardening tip for hydrangeas. How to cut hydrangeas so they won't wilt. This method is easy to do and your hydrangeas will last for days, even weeks! | In My Own style

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  1. Oh how I’d love to have these in my beds; our planting zone is 10 and I’ve read they like our area of Florida :(
    Therefore, I ardor reading all about yours! Thank you so much for sharing all your interesting blogs!

  2. Hydrangeas are my absolute favorite flower! Your’s are beautiful.

    I planted a Nikko Blue at the corner of my house about 10 yrs. ago. It bloomed beautifully the first few years, but has not done well recently, even though I fed it. This past winter killed it down to the ground, along with two new ones that I planted last Spring. I actually thought the Nikko Blue was a gonner, but I left it alone to see if it would sprout leaves, and it finally did. The other two didn’t survive :( Next year I plan to plant some Oak Leaf Hydrandeas across the front of my house and maybe next to my driveway. Unless I get a good deal on some more blue ones.

    Do you have any experience with the variety that is supposed to bloom more than once a year?

  3. So glad you shared this!!! I just planted a hydrangea bush in a container, and am a) hoping it lives, and b) waiting to cut some blooms for a vase. This is my first hydrangea and I’m not sure how to really take care of it!