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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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Reader Comments (3)

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...

June 27, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLynn

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

June 27, 2016 | Registered CommenterKelly Stivers

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

March 18, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDebbi Beverage

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