How to Prolong the Life of your Cut Hydrangea

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Conditioning Hydrangeas 


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 how do you stop Hydrangea From Wilting?

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.

Top Tip - Cut 10 cm off the stem and place in boiling water and leave for 24 hours.  

Make sure there is room for steam to escape, so dont over pack the bucket


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Top  tips on how to make cut Hydrangeas last longer

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More Tips to Make Hydrangeas last when cut from the garden.  

  • 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 fill  your vase/ bucket.
  • Cut about  5cm  from your hydrangea stem and immediately place the stem in the boiling water and leave them there. 

I know it sounds mad, but leave them there and you will be amazed how they perk back up.

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. 

Caution: 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.

Hydrangea, do 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. (NOT BOILING) 

Green Hydrangea flower heads


The 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 but ONLY place in water for 25 seconds and place into cold water. 



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