Once you receive your wholesale hydrangeas, they may arrive looking thirsty or tired. This is completely normal. Did you know flowers experience jet lag too?
Just follow these simple steps, and your hydrangeas will return to its gorgeous bloom, and ready for arranging.
1. Gently remove any paper or plastic that is covering the top layer of your hydrangeas.
2. Next carefully remove plastic wrapping over hydrangea stems.
3. Hydrangeas must be hydrated immediately. Fill up 2 different containers, one with at least 4 inches of fresh, cool water and the other with warm water.
4. Gently remove and dispose water diapers located on the bottom of each hydrangea stem. Water diapers help keep hydrangeas hydrated during shipment as they are very thirsty flowers.
5. Cut stems diagonally approximately an inch from the bottom of the stem using a sharp knife or scissors.
6. Immediately after cutting, place the stems inside the warm water container for about 5 seconds, then place the flowers into the cool water.
7. Hydrangeas are extra thirsty upon arrival. Make sure they have enough water, and allow at least 4 hours for your hydrangeas to properly hydrate before arranging.
8. Change water and re-cut stems every 24 hours to keep hydrangeas fresh.
Keep hydrangeas away from direct sunlight and excessive heat. Cooler temperatures will extend your hydrangeas' vase life. A floral refrigerator may be used, but isn't required.
Need to revive your hydrangeas?
Dunk the entire hydrangea flower head in a bowl of cool water, and allow it to soak for about 20-30 minutes. Then re-cut the stem diagonally, and place the hydrangea in fresh cold water for at least 24 hours.
How to dry hydrangeas?
To dry them, simply hang the hydrangea stem upside down. Warm atmospheres work best. Hydrangeas may lose a little color in the process but the dried flowers will last for eight months or longer.