I have such a special place in my heart for hydrangeas. These old-fashioned flowers are the quintessential romantic summer bloom! I now have 18 hydrangea bushes around the Tanglewood House. And when they are all full of beautiful mop head florets there is nothing quite like them! Today I’d like to give you some tips about arranging hydrangeas, caring for hydrangeas, drying hydrangeas and more! This is THE exhaustive manual of cut hydrangeas! Keep this as a reference!
Hydrangeas are a summer into fall plant. Their beautiful early life cycle starts early in the summer and they keep on blooming and changing almost until early frost. And if you know how to dry them they can last for years!
HOW TO CUT HYDRANGEAS
Let’s talk about getting them off the bush first…
Cut hydrangeas first thing in the morning when they are filled with moisture. This is important to keep them looking their best!
Take a bucket of water out to the garden with you and clean sharp garden clippers. Cut the stem of the hydrangeas at a 45 % angle and stick them into the bucket immediately. This prevents them from forming a healing substance over the ends so they can take up water.
HOW TO KEEP CUT HYDRANGEAS FROM WILTING
Now, let’s talk about how to care for them when they are cut. See HOW TO KEEP CUT HYDRANGEAS FROM WILTING
In this post you will find…
- what container to use
- what temperature water should be
- what to do with the hydrangea leaves
- two technique to keep cut hydrangeas from wilting
- what to put in the water for hydrangeas
- how often to change the water
- emergency care for wilting hydrangeas (this works great!)
CREATING AN ARRANGEMENT
When arranging cut hydrangeas one of the big rules is… DON’T OVERCROWD THEM! They are so beautiful and each big head needs to be shown off. This rule is a little bit of a do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do! When I style hydrangeas for photos I tend to pack them into a container.
DRYING CUT HYDRANGEAS
As the summer season wanes hydrangeas blooms will begin losing their moisture and their flowers will begin to look papery. Their color also becomes more saturated and might even become different altogether. Look for the edges of a bloom to be tinged with sepia. So pretty and a great look for fall.
When you see this happening it’s time to DRY HYDRANGEAS!
In this post you will find…
- how to judge when hydrangeas are ready to dry
- the drying process
- how to keep them looking their best after they have dried
Here’s a little trick I learned to keep dried hydrangeas from crumbling when they are dried. Hair spray! I take each dried bloom outside and give them a good spray. It really helps to keep them intact. You can also use a matte craft fixative.
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Now, YOU know EVERYTHING you need to know about cut hydrangeas!