Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Petals, Projects & Pizzazz

Caring for Fresh Cut Hydrangeas

By Lisa Levandowski

Hydrangeas are a popular flower any time of year, but especially now. Unfortunately, sometimes they wilt within hours of cutting or purchasing them.  To enjoy a fresh and beautiful arrangement for as long as possible, try the following tips.

For starters, when harvesting flowers from your garden, take a fresh bucket of water with you and cut the blooms in the morning.  This is when the stems are most hydrated.  Immediately upon cutting, place them into the bucket of water.  Once you've gathered what you want, take the flowers inside.
Here are two methods that have been continually successful:
Method 1: Boil some water and pour it into a container.  Recut the hydrangea to the desired length and place the stem in the boiling water for 30 seconds.  Remove stem and put directly into room temperature water and begin arranging.  (This method also often works on hydrangeas that are already arranged and beginning to wilt).
Method 2:  Purchase Alum from your local grocery store (usually available in spice aisle).  As you
arrange, recut each stem, dip lower 1/2" of stem in powdered alum and place stem in desired location of arrangement.  This is the best method when arranging hydrangeas in oasis (floral foam).

From all of us at Glacier Wallflower & Gifts happy arranging, and remember to stop in or visit our website www.glacierwallflowers.com for all your floral needs.