Beautiful Hydrangeas are Blooming at Maisonvogue
Hydrangeas are high up in my list of my favorite flowers
I love to cut the lovely 'mop head' ones and enhance them by using my lovely pink lace cap hydrangeas
Each year they seem to be a different color and this year they are purple mop heads and pink and lilac lace caps
This seems to be caused by a sticky substance that clogs the stems, preventing moisture from reaching the blooms. This does not happen every time.
Cut-hydrangeas often last for days and other times they wilt almost immediately after being added to an arrangement.
There are two techniques, that should solve this problem. I've tested both, and have had excellent results. The two methods are:
(1) The Hot Water method
(2) The Alum Dip method
(1) The Hot Water Method
I was motivated to try the following technique after receiving suggestions from visitors to this site. It is extremely easy and works like a charm. There is a point past which this technique will no longer revive the bloom, but I've had it work 4-5 days after the hydrangeas were actually cut.
- When cutting hydrangeas, take water to the garden in a container.
- Immediately after cutting each bloom, drop the stem in the water.
- Indoors, boil water and pour it into a cup or any container.
- Cut the hydrangea stems to the desired length.
- Stand the stems of the hydrangeas in the hot water for 30 seconds.
- Immediately put into room temperature water and then arrange.
(2) The Alum Dip Method
- The alum used in this method can usually be found in the spice section of the grocery store. Occasionally it is found with the pickling supplies.
- Plan to cut hydrangea blooms in the morning while the weather is cool.
- Take a pitcher of water to the garden and drop bloom stems into water immediately after cutting them (important).
- As you arrangement the blooms, recut the stems and dip the bottom 1/2 inch of stem into powdered alum.
- Arrange as usual in water. (I know this washes off the alum, but it works!)
I hope you have enjoyed this blog and that it might be useful to you if you have hydrangeas
Now I don't have to worry about them wilting .
I wish I had known about this when we picked them for our Daughters wedding in 2013 as all the ones we picked to dry for floral displays wilted and I didn't know then that I could have saved them ...we were lucky enough to have a family member with lots and lots of Lime light Hydrangeas that didn't give us this trouble
Have fun gardening