26 January 2016

HOW TO: STOP Hydrangeas Wilting As A Cut Flower...




Do you LOVE hydrangeas ?
Do you pick them for a cut flower, pop them in a vase and within a few hours or days they have wilted?
Today I'm sharing a few simple secrets on how to prepare hydrangeas for a longer vase life.

As you know I have the KISS thing a happening...
( it means 'Keep it simple stupid'!)
I dislike complicated with a vengeance...
So when it comes to hydrangeas...
this is my simple way to ensure a longer vase life,
AND
it actually works!

What you do is:
Pick your flowers early morning. (cool time of day)

Fill up your tub or sink with cold water.

Place the picked stems into the water.

Soak for two hours.

Then:
RE-CUT THE STEMS UNDER WATER!

Then:
Place stem on a board and whack with a hammer.

TIP: If you do this with all woody stems - chrysanthemums, foliage,etc
they will last much longer in the vase.

Place immediately into a vase of water.
Arrange your flowers as desired.

 
Keep the vase OUT OF DIRECT SUNLIGHT!

This Vase of hydrangeas is in my hallway with Mr Cat.

 
Have water level as high as possible to the top of the vase.

Change water every two or three days.

 DAY THREE: NO WILT!

DAY EIGHT: NO WILT!
YIPEE!!

DAY TEN:  NO WLIT!
And still smelling gorgeous.


 DAY TWENTY ONE!!!!
I'M YELLING THAT FOLKS- DAY TWENTY ONE!!!
I kid you not...The flowers have lost the purple hue...
And are now very blue!
There is a little yellowing of the leaves.
And the tips of some of they flowers are spotting brown.
But they still look GREAT...
and they still smell lovely!
AND THERE IS NO WILT!!!
This 'KISS' Hydrangea picking technique is a forever more keeper,
as it sure beats the 2 hours or days vase life.
I simply ADORE HYDRANGEAS, don't you?



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10 comments:

  1. Your tutorial about extending life of hydrangeas is absolutely great, they are a favorite of mine would like to hear from you on drying method for dried arrangement. Kthompson36206@gmail.com

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  2. I found your tutorial on extending life of cut hydrangeas was very useful. I would love to hear your technique on drying them for arrangment

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  3. Wow 21 days, that is unheard of. Great information for these lovely flowers!!!
    Thanks for sharing on the #OMHGWW this week!

    Have a lovely week!
    Karren

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  4. I have lost count now of the days that vase of hydrangeas has survived. Never before have I had such a success - so this method is a keeper! :)

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  5. Wow 21 days is great! I simply love hydrangeas, they are so popular here in the Nederlands everybody has really creative ways of displaying them. Next time I cut some from the garden I'm going to try this. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Glad to share :)
      I just threw out the flowers yesterday! I lost track of the days they had lasted!

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  6. This a neat trick to have on hand. Hydrangeas are such a beautiful flower too. I feel like I learned something worth hanging onto.

    Thank you for sharing on the #HomeMattersParty.

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  7. That was a very impressive trick. Does it work with all flower all just the hydrangeas? You can probably tell that I have a brown thumb.

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    1. In my floristry days we always used a hammer to crush the ends of any woody stemmed flower or foliage. I also think keeping the vase in a draught-free position is helpful too. I just threw out the flowers yesterday! I lost track of the days they had lasted!

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