Good Morning Friends!
Today we are talking Hydrangeas. Do you have any in your yard?
I am lucky enough to have some blooming this year. I actually have four Hydrangea bushes in the garden, but one is recovering from the deer eating it and one is recovering from being cut down too far (by me, oops). So, I have two that are actually blooming this season. I have an Annabelle and one that I believe to be a White Swan Mophead
The Annabelle flowers are extremely delicate and they start to droop as soon as you cut them so I have resolved to limit my cutting this year to only when we have guests in the house. The rest of the time I will keep them on the bushes that I can see from my kitchen window.
Sadly, when you do bring the flowers in doors to enjoy, they don’t last more then a few days at best. This is because when the stems are cut, they produce a sticky substance that prevents moisture from reaching the bloom.
Here are the 2 tips I have found on the internet that are useful for extending the life of your freshly cut & store bought blooms.
The Hot Water method:
Take water out to the garden with you when you are cutting your blooms. Immediately after cutting each bloom, put the stems in the water.
When you are done cutting your flowers, go inside and boil some water and pour into a cup or bowl. Cut your stems again to the length you want them to be and place them in the hot water for 30 seconds. Then place your flowers in room temperature water and display.
This will also work to revive your blooms, just add changing your arrangement water before re-cutting the stems. The flowers should perk up in a few hours.
Do the same for store bought Hydrangeas if they have been recently cut (4-5 days)
The Alum Dip Method:
Buy some Alum spice at the grocery store (I paid $4 at Walmart)
If you can, cut your Hydrangeas in the morning while it’s still cool.
As above, take a container of water with you to put the flowers in as soon as you cut them off the bush. This is very important, so don’t skip this step.
Again, re-cut your stems to the length you want them to be but before placing them in your vase or container, dip them in the powdered Alum. Now place them in the vase of room temperature water.
I am just trying the Alum method for the first time this year, but I have heard rave reviews of it extending the life of Hydrangea blooms.
Have you tried either method with any success?