Q. How can I keep hydrangeas from wilting
after they are cut?
Have you ever cut hydrangea blooms and put them right into a vase of water only to have them wilt within an hour or two? This seems to be caused by a sticky substance that clogs the stems, preventing moisture from reaching the blooms. This does not happen every time. Cut-hydrangeas often last for days and other times they wilt almost immediately after being added to an arrangement.
There are two techniques, suggested to me by several visitors to the site, that should solve this problem. I’ve tested both, and have had excellent results. The two methods are:
(1) The Hot Water method
I would appreciate any feedback on this or any other technique you find useful for keeping arrangements fresh.
|PROLONGING THE BEAUTY OF
FRESH-CUT HYDRANGEAS:TWO METHODS
|Whether you wish to ensure that cut hydrangeas do not wilt from the start of your arrangement, or you want to revive hydrangeas that have wilted after a few hours or days, the following techniques have proven highly successful. (1) The Hot Water Method I was motivated to try the following technique after receiving suggestions from visitors to this site. It is extremely easy and works like a charm. There is a point past which this technique will no longer revive the bloom, but I’ve had it work 4-5 days after the hydrangeas were actually cut.
|(2) The Alum Dip Method
| REVIVING WILTED BLOOMS IN AN ARRANGEMENT: