HYdrangea - Knowledgebase Question

millbrae, Ca
Question by drmagsaysay
June 30, 2010
How do you keep hydrangea cuttings from drooping or drying up? I cut them from my yard, put them right away in water, yet they lose their freshness. Thank you.

Answer from NGA
June 30, 2010


Here are some tips for extending the life of cut flowers. I hope it helps.

Cut flowers early in the morning. Immediately place stems in a bucket of tepid water to keep fresh until arrangement.

Use a commercial floral preservative or make your own mixing 1 quart of room temperature water with 2 tbsp. of fresh lemon or lime juice, 1 tbsp sugar, and 1 tbsp of household bleach.

Strip off any foliage that would be below the water line.

Recut stems at a slight angle while holding beneath tepid water. This prevents air bubbles from entering the stem and blocking water flow.

Avoid placing bouquets in direct sunlight. Bright indirect light is best.

Recut stem ends every 1 to 2 days, removing about ? inch of the tip. Refreshen water every 1 to 2 days or as needed.

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