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Are you a Hydrangea fan? You are not alone…Blake Lively made them the centerpiece of her wedding, Khloe Kardashian regularly turns to fresh hydrangeas to beautify her home and Lana Del Rey gave them a shout-out in her song “Old Money”
Hydrangeas are extremely dependable, durable, easy to care for, and they produce full and luscious blooms.
The most important thing to remember is that Hydrangeas need LOTS & LOTS of water and a cool environment to be happy. Read on to learn more on how to take care of your Hydrangeas.
Hydrangea Care Pro Tip:
Hydrangeas drink water from the stems and the flower heads. The best action with Hydrangeas is a drastic one. I like to rehydrate them every couple of days by filling the bath tub with cold water and floating then for a couple of hours. If you repeat this step every few days, there’s no reason your hydrangeas can’t live happily for up to two weeks.
Hydrangea Flower Care:
You’ve given your hydrangeas a refreshing bath; now it’s time to get them ready for the rest of their life in their brand new home. So grab a clean vase (that’s been washed with warm soapy water) and follow the steps below:
- Hold the stems of your Hydrangeas next to the vase to determine how much needs trimmed
- Remove any foliage that would rest below your vase’s waterline to prevent introducing harmful bacteria to your hydrangeas’ drinking water
- Prepare your vase first: Fill your vase with water and the flower food that came with the Hydrangeas. If you have forgotten to purchase extra flower food, a tablespoon of sugar will do for now.
- Cut 1-2 inches off the stems at a 45-degree angle with a sharp knife or shears while holding underwater. This will drastically boost water absorption and prevents air bubbles from clogging the stems. Drop them immediately in the vase – Don’t set them on the side without water until you are done cutting every hydrangea first.
- Cut hydrangeas LOVE, LOVE, LOVE water, but they HATE direct sunlight, heat, or cool drafts from the A/C. So make sure to put them in a cool room, away from direct sunlight where they can thrive and live a long and fulfilled life.
Recondition Every 1-2 Days
As with any other flower, cut hydrangea care shouldn’t end immediately after vase-ing and placing. There’s still a tad bit of work to do. But don’t worry, it’s not much.
Put simply, all you need to do to keep those charming hydrangeas looking fresh is to re-cut their stems, change their water, give them some flower food.
Hydrangea stems produce a sticky sap that can make absorbing water effectively a constant challenge. For this reason, it’s advisable to poke holes down the stem with a needle. Another way to deal with this sap, is to melt it away by placing the stems of hydrangea in boiling water for a few minutes after cutting and before moving it to their permanent vase.
Mayflower Market flowers are sold in bunches as indicated above and wrapped in brown paper, tied with raffia (very much similar to flowers purchased from a street vendor or market in Europe) and delivered to you ready to pop into your favorite vase & brighten up your home or workspace.
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