Hi friends, today I want to share some tips on how to maintain and prolong your cut hydrangeas. With proper care, hydrangeas from the grocery store can last you a very long time. You can also use these same tips if you’re lucky enough to have hydrangeas grow in your yard.
I bought these hydrangeas from Publix before Mother’s Day for only $8 at Publix. There are 4 stems and look how full they look! Jimmy’s parents owned a flower shop for over 10 years and I worked there seasonally during busy holidays. I learned how to arrange flowers, make all kinds of bows and discovered some great tips on caring for all types of flowers and plants. Unfortunately, this did not carry over to my hydrangea planting skills!
When you buy store bought hydrangeas, they will come with a flower food packet. Right when you get home, cut the stems at a slight angle with clean scissors. Place the packet in a vase full of water and stick your stems in. When I buy hydrangeas, I like to buy the ones that almost look flat with smaller heads because they will open up really big and become full in a couple of days.
When the flowers start to look a little withered, dunk them head down in large bucket of cold water. Make sure the whole head is underwater and leave them that way overnight. The petals drink up a lot of water so this should revive them back. The next morning, just shake the water off and stick them back in the water after stripping/peeling off some of the stem with a knife. A better tip is to not wait for them to wilt but to peel the stem back every 4 days after you cut some of the bottom off. Just take some scissors or a steak knife and strip a layer of the stem skin off. Cut off leaves as they also drink a lot of water. Do this at your sink with all the stems. I do this about 3-4 times and my hydrangeas will last up to 3-4 weeks.
I took this picture right over 2 weeks old. They still look full and beautiful.
I took this pic yesterday. The flowers are finally starting to look more withered and I’ll be able to keep them for maybe 2 more days.
Hope these tips help! Happy Humpday!
Edit: I posted a FB live video so you can see how I care for these pretty flowers.
The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever. Isaiah 40:8