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Preparing and Caring for Hydrangea Bouquets

Preparing and Caring for Hydrangea Bouquets

Are you interested in sending the perfect bouquet of flowers to that special someone in your life? Are you going crazy trying to think of the perfect flower arrangement to mark the occasion? If so, you may want to give some thought to a hydrangea bouquet.

Hydrangea bouquets, especially when they’re nice and fresh, are the perfect flowers, regardless of the occasion. Unlike roses, carnations and other popular bouquet choices, hydrangea bouquets are known for their ability to withstand the pressure of the elements and they won’t wilt and die like some of the more delicate flower arrangements. Whether you’re sending flowers to your neighbors to mark their anniversary, or to a relative getting married on the opposite side of the country, you can always be sure that hydrangea bouquets will arrive looking fresh and beautiful.

Hydrangeas are available in a wide array of colors, ranging from bright blue to more subdued hues such as dark red or white, and when cared for properly these flowers can last up to two weeks in a fresh bouquet. Hydrangeas are the perfect flowers for any occasion. You can send hydrangeas for weddings, anniversaries, proms, and birthdays, or just as a friendly gesture to let someone know you’re thinking of them. With many colors to choose from you’re certain to find just the right hydrangeas to mark your special occasion.

Preparing and Caring For Hydrangea Bouquets

If you currently grow hydrangeas in your own backyard garden, you may be surprised by how remarkably easy it is to prepare your very own bouquet. Before you start, however, make sure you have the following supplies to ensure a quality bouquet:

  • A nice vase or container of your choosing
  • Water: Some at room temperature and some hot
  • Scissors or shears
  • A large tub or gardening bucket
  • Dampened paper towels
  • Alum
  • Floral preservative (if the flowers will need to keep for over a week to ten days)

Now that you have your supplies together, take the vase or container of water you’ve prepared out to the garden and begin snipping the hydrangea blossoms with your scissors, placing the fresh cut flowers immediately into the water. This will ensure that the newly cut flowers get the water they need.

After about two or three days, you will probably need to cut the stems of your hydrangeas to ensure freshness. Cut approximately ½ inch off the bottom of the stem at a 45-degree angle to prevent air bubbles and sap from blocking the water flow into the stems. Now, dip each stem into the alum you have purchased. Alum is very inexpensive and is typically found in the spice aisle of most neighborhood grocery stores. The alum acts as a preservative to keep the hydrangeas fresher longer.

If you need to keep the hydrangeas fresh for more than 4-5 days, there are a couple of tricks you can try. First, cut another ¼ to ½ inch from the stem and submerge the stem in boiling water for 30 seconds. Afterwards, immediately rearrange the flowers in your vase of room temperature water. Another trick is to submerge the entire flower—stem, bloom and all—into a container of water for about 2-3 hours. Remove the flowers, shake off the excess water and place them back into your vase.

Remember to change the water in your vase at least every other day, adding a dash of floral preservative each time the water is changed.

If you’re planning to use hydrangeas as a corsage of some kind, wrap the stems in a damp paper towel and place them in the refrigerator overnight. This will help to ensure freshness for the entire evening.

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