how to make your hydrangeas last for weeks

Like every other decor-obsessed blogger, I’ve got a major softspot for fresh cut hydrangeas.  Those big, billowy blooms get me every time I walk into the grocery store but I’ve had such a hard time getting them to last longer than two or three days lately that I stopped buying them altogether the last couple of months.  I reached out on Instagram a while ago to see if there were any surefire tricks I was missing and when one reader shared her tried and true secret and how it extends her hydrangea bouquets by sometimes THREE WEEKS (!?) I just had to try it!  It worked SO well that I had to share it with you guys, too!  It’s so simple you just won’t believe it!

These blue and white hydrangeas from my baby shower were looking a little sad, so I decided to give it a try over the weekend and see if I couldn’t bring them back to life again:

All you need is a large bucket; fill it with cold water and a bunch of ice:

Next, submerge your blooms, heads first, completely under water, keep them in a cool place (I left mine in the sink in my laundry room) and forget about them.  That’s it!  I usually do this at the end of the day and let them sit in the ice water overnight:

Look how much they’ve plumped up by the next morning!

I hope you’re all off to a great start this week!





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  1. Lynn on June 28, 2016 at 1:57 am

    Kelly, I'm so glad to see that you are using the dunk method to extend the beauty of the beloved hydrangeas… Funny just last week, when I dunked mine, I thought of you wondering if you were still using the tip… I like that you added ice in the dunk tub… I'll have to add cubes to mine next time… both to the dunk tub and to m Mojito…while I wait for the hydrangeas to plump up…
    Oh and best wishes on your next little bundle of joy… I'm thrilled for your growing family…

  2. Kelly Stivers on June 28, 2016 at 2:47 am

    Lynn, thank you SO much for the tip! The ice cubes made a world of difference; I thought you used them, too! Enjoy a mojito for me and thank you for the well wishes for baby boy! xx

  3. Debbi Beverage on March 19, 2017 at 12:16 am

    That is awesome! Can't wait to try it! I love hydrangeas but have always had them wilt after a day or so.

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