Hydrangea are my favorite flower. They remind me of spending summers on Cape Cod growing up with my family. As a native Californian, hydrangea are not part of our typical landscape since we have been in a draught for as long as I can remember and hydrangea need a lot of water. Their beautiful huge blooms are so lush but are prone to easily wilting. They do require special care, which can deter aspiring floral designers but with these simple tips, you can make your hydrangea actually last!
If you are picking hydrangea from your own garden, the best time to cut them are in the morning. The morning dew will keep the petals hydrated longer.
When you cut the flowers, cut them at a 45 degree angle and then "crack the stem," which means to cut up the stem of the flower about one inch.
Hydrangea drink the best from their heads! Submerge their heads in water for at least 15 minutes and they will perk right back up.
You can also dip the 1/2 of each stem in alum, which is a spice found at your local grocery store.
Like all flowers, keep them out of direct sunlight and in cool temperatures.
Make sure to spritz your hydrangea with water a few times a day!