4 tips to make your hydrangeas last longer
The spring of 2015 was the first year I added Hydrangeas to my yard. After 2 years of maturation, I was finally able to start using them as cut flowers for my home.
They make great centerpieces for parties but my one complaint has been that I could never keep the blooms from wilting! Until NOW! I found 2 useful tips while searching the web and can honestly say it not only brought the wilted petals back to life but extended the life up to 4 days longer!
tip #1 - water first
First off, when you cut your hydrangeas from your yard, immediately put them into cool water. Make your cuts at a 45-degree angle so they aren't resting at the bottom of your vase.
tip #2 - keep it simple, less is better
Don't add too many cuts to your bouquet. Crowding can make it difficult to know if each stem is receiving water. Remove as many leaves from each cut as possible, hence creating more space for the stems to drink. I tend to only keep 1-2 leaves on each cut.
tip #3 - change water frequently
Be sure to change out the water every other day and give the stems a fresh cut, this will ensure they are continuing to drink to keep themselves looking vibrant.
tip #4 - bring back to life
When you see that your flowers are beginning to droop, submerge them in a cool bath of water for about 40 minutes. Next, boil some water and clip about 1 inch off the bottom of the stems - this prevents sap from blocking the end of the stem from drinking. Dip the stems into the boiling water for 2-3 seconds, then dip them in alum. (Alum can be found in the baking aisle next to the spices). Place them back into a vase of fresh, cool water. Then watch the magic happen over the course of the next 2 hours! Your hydrangeas should perk right up and remain happy for the next few days.
Tried these tips? Let me know how they worked for you or other additional tricks you have tried to keep your cut hydrangeas lasting longer!