One of the most common flowers used in wedding flowers is the hydrangea. It is also a beautiful choice in a vase arrangement – either alone as a group of solely hydrangea flowers or in a mixed floral design. The blossoms are made up of many smaller buds and when opened can look spectacular. hortensia verzorgen
Perhaps the name hydrangea gives a clue as to it’s love affair with water. No, this doesn’t mean that it loves to live in water, but rather it is a very thirsty plant and thrives best when the soil is very moist. The blossom is just like the plant itself and requires a significant amount of water in order to last for any length of time. A blossom that isn’t kept adequately hydrated will begin to wilt and eventually die unless rehydrated.
Hydrangea flower arrangements, whether purchased or selected and arranged from the back yard garden, are quite susceptible and more sensitive to wilting than most others. It is more common than not to see the blossom begin to show signs of wilting within 24 hours after it has been cut and placed into water. This is because the blossom is not receiving enough water to support the large bloom.
It takes more than a simple sharp angled cut and immediate placement into water for a hydrangea blossom to survive for more than 24 hours without wilting. There are two reasons for this: 1)a single sharp angled cut does not provide enough area for water absorption of the stem; and 2) the stems of the plant supporting the blossom are thick and sometimes cover in rough bark which do not allow absorption of water through the stem very easily. Basically the blossom will die of water starvation unless extra steps are taken to enable more water intake by the plant stem.
This leads to the #1 tip to prevent and/or cure blossom wilt of the hydrangea flower. In most cases, if the blossom is not past the point of reviving, all that needs to be done is to remove the outer tough layers of the stem at the bottom where it is placed in water. Generally about .5 to 1 inch of the bottom portion of the stem should have the outer portion of the stem removed. When the outer portion is removed, a white softer inner core of the stem will be left. Take care and caution when removing the outer layers of the stem as the inner white core portion is quite fragile and that is the part of the stem which will be able to absorb enough water to keep the blossom well hydrated allowing it to last longer.
Taking proper care of hydrangea blossoms is the key to lasting beauty of this flower. Especially when used in wedding flowers or special events, it will be critical to take extra care for proper flower hydration so they last for the entire ceremony and reception. If you find yourself in the situation of wilting hydrangea blossoms, then applying this simple technique will revive most blossoms that have begun to wilt.