Loved for their massive and colour-changing blooms, Hydrangeas (Hydrangea macrophylla) are a fantastic addition to the garden. These deciduous perennial plants can be grown in garden beds or pots, or used as a loose warm weather hedge in a semi-shaded area of the garden, they are very beautiful – but they wilt SO easily! This simple little hack will help bring your hydrangeas back to life.

These gorgeous pom pom like flowers need water, and when they don’t get it, they wilt but

there is a point of no return where a hydrangea, if left to wilt for too long, will not revive.

Did you know that the flowers can change colour depending on the PH of the soil. I am currently trying an old wives tale of planting steel wool next to the hydrangea to change mine from pink to blue. I will let you know how I go.

Leave a comment below if you know of other ways to change the colours of these beautiful flowers.

Materials You Will Need:

  • Hot water (almost boiling)

  • Vase

  • Sharp knife

  • Cutting board


  1. Bring a kettle or pot of water to a boil and set aside to cool slightly. It should still be very hot. Pour the water into a vase.

  2. Place the hydrangeas on the cutting board and use the sharp knife to cut the end of the hydrangea at a 45 degree angle. Then cut a small slit vertically up the middle of the newly trimmed stem.

  3. Place the hydrangea(s) in the vase filled with hot water.

  4. Let sit for a minimum of one hour and voila! Revived hydrangeas.

  5. I also add a tiny bit of sugar dissolved in the water, this helps to feed the hydrangea stems.

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