|Storage Temperature: 36 - 38 F
|Ethylene Sensitive: Yes
|Description: Large rounded clusters of florets with
|Colors: White, pinks and blues.
|Botanical Facts: The name is from the Greek words
hydro (water) and aggos (jar) referring to the fruits which are shaped like cups.
|Design Notes: A wonderful mass flower with
beautiful coloration and textural interest in large arrangements. Hydrangeas are
very popular in wedding design.
|Purchasing Hints: Purchase brightly colored,
full flower heads with well hydrated leaves.
|Conditioning: Remove all foliage that will be
below the water line. Cut under water with a sharp knife. Hydrate in a solution of
warm water and commercial floral preservative / floral food for two hours before storage
|Additional Notes: Hydrangeas are very wilt
sensitive and can be very tricky to work with. If after general procedures for
hydration the blossoms still wilt, recut the stem ends then place them in a clean vase
with four inches of boiling water. Allow the flowers to hydrate for several hours
before storage or usage.
hydrangea blossoms from your garden for use as a cut flower, do not select young blossoms.
Harvest blossoms that have been on the plant longer. Cut the stems below the
new green growth and into the woody portion of the stem. Then, recut the stem
ends and place them in a clean vase with four inches of boiling water. Allow the
flowers to hydrate for several hours before storage or usage. Be aware that some
cultivars of hydrangea simply will not hydrate as a cut flower.