Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Reviving Wilted Hydrangeas & more



These beautiful blue hydrangeas wilted after only 2 days, much too soon to accept their demise!  After a quick internet search, I came across 2 solutions, (1) cut the stem and put immediately into just boiled water for a few minutes until returning to vase or  (2) plunge entire bloom and stem into ice water and leave in as long as necessary.  I tried the first method and it revived all the blooms except for one.  Then the still-wilted flower got the ice bath treatment and after 2 hours it was ready to join the other perky almost-new blooms.

AFTER:



So MUCH better!

My son comes home from college Saturday so we'll be going all out with decorating around the house. I'm happy that he wants us to wait until he's home to get the tree :)



Loving this wreath inspiration via Spaces Kansas City 2012 (facebook here) and all the amazing things I've been pinning to my Christmas board!






19 comments:

Back Row Girl said...

WOW! I would not have thought that either of these methods would work (they sound so scary! - for the flowers, I mean) but WOW! very impressive results!
(and it IS sweet that your son wants to get the tree with you guys!)

Kerry Steele- Design du Monde said...

Neat flower trick!
My son comes home from college today. Enjoy your holiday time with him.

niartist said...

I wish I had read this when I was fighting with my white ones during the show house this past weekend. Alas, now it's too late. But good to know for the future! :)
xoxo
A

Ashley said...

Genius! I'm always talking myself out of buying hydrangeas for this exact reason--but that problem's been solved.

ArchitectDesign™ said...

what a great tip -i'll have to remember this! Thanks for coming this weekend -was so good to see you two. Hope you have a great Christmas with your son home for awhile!

Squeak said...

The underwater part of woody stems like hydrangeas, lilacs, etc., need more surface area than other flowers do to suck up water. Either smash the bottoms of the stems with a hammer or make a long diagonal cut with a sharp knife. And fill your vase with warm-to-hot water for all flowers (not just woody-stemmed ones). As a former florist, I used these techniques to extend the life of all our flowers.

René Zieg said...

This is so good to know. Thank you!

Teresa Hatfield ~ Splendid Sass said...

Michelle-
Thanks for the tips!! Hydrangeas are one of my very favorite flowers!
Teresa
xoxo

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

That wreath is so fab!

Henhurst Interiors said...

Thanks for sharing this great info, Michele. I've had this issue and am glad to know there is a solution! Love that wreath, too.
All best,
Phyllis

Elisa of Fancy Free Me said...

How on earth people come up with these remedies is beyond me. It's amazing they worked!

therelishedroost said...

That is one gorgeous wreath!!! The pins are fabulous too! My daughter comes home on Saturday.. cant wait!

Debra Phillips said...

Hi Michele

Hydra in Latin means water and hydrangeas need loads of it!

Crazy for that wreath, off to visit your Pinterest boards
Cheers
Debra

vicki archer said...

Great little tip…Thank you! They look gorgeous!…xv

http://vickiarcher.com

Santi said...

WOW! Great effect!!

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Santi

Nancy {at} powellbrower at home said...

My son is coming this weekend too for a family party. It is the best of times when they are all here. Love your inspiration pins. Ive been going crazy lately with pinning! I love hydrangeas, and just successfully started my first bushes this year. Happy Holidays! xoxo Nancy

designchic said...

That's amazing...so happy to learn this trick!!

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

That is the best hydrangea trick! I need to remember that. I love the fact that your son wants to get the tree with you. Happy Holidays.

SHERRY HART said...

I hate when that happens to Hydrangeas….and I have read about both of those methods. I know you are looking forward to having your son home:)

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