How to Prolong the Life of your Cut Hydrangea

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Hydrangea are becoming more and more popular as a cut flower, but the problem is that they are incline to wilt very quickly  after being cut from your garden. 

So what can we do to make cut Hydrangea last longer?

It is suggested that Hydrangea wilt so soon after being cut because their stems contain a sticky substance that clogs the stems preventing moisture reaching the top of the stem to the head.

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Top  tips on how to make cut Hydrangeas last longer

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Before cutting your Hydrangea bring a bucket of water into the garden with you.  Cut the stem on the Hydrangea bloom as long as possible, immediately place the stem into your bucket of water and cut the Hydrangea to you desired length in the water and on a 45 degree angle. 

This will allow the hydrangea to drink more water.   When you bring your cut Hydrangea  blooms indoors, boil up some water and place about an inch of boiling water into a cup, Cut about 1 inch from your hydrangea stem and immediately place the stem in the boiling water and count for 25 seconds. 

Remove immediately after the 25 seconds and place in clean water containing flower food. 


If you do not have flower food available and you are sure you vase or containers are spotless, you could use a table spoon of sugar.  If your vase has not been thoroughly cleaned (bleached) the sugar will feed any existing bacteria in the vase and cause it to multiply rapidly.

Use room temperature or  warm water rather than ice cold water for the Hydrangea, however it does prefer for the bloom to be kept in a cooler environment and away from drafts or direct sunlight.  Hydrangea also drink water from their bloom heads so using a mister gun spray the blooms with prolong the life of the Hydrangea and if you find it is wilting quickly dunk its whole head in room temperature water.

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This Boiling water treatment can also be used to revive wilting heads after a day or so and the Hydrangea heads can look as fresh as the day they were cut from your garden.

 This boiling water trick also works really well for treating roses cut from the garden or roses that may have been left out of water for more than an hour or so.

In a Commercial Environment you will probably have access to Floralife Quick Dip which is an amazing professional product that replaces the Boiling Water Treatment.  Make sure to follow the intructions very carefully when using Floralife Quick Dip 

Hydrangea are beautiful flowers that create immediate impact and a lasting impression