Luckily, one of my favorite flowers are Nikko Blue Hydrangeas and they are growing right in my front yard! Since I recently lost my job, I’ve been looking for free options to decorate my home and flowers from my garden are the BEST option. Adding fresh flowers to your home is such a treat and it’s important to take the time to keep them looking fresh and lasting as long as possible.
In Charlotte, we’ve had a good mix of rain and sun this spring and I fertilized early, so the hydrangea shrub has been producing a ton of blooms. I’ve let them mature to a deep blue fluffy bloom and today decided to cut a few to put in a vase. My family is coming for my son’s graduation this weekend. The hydrangeas are the perfect welcoming touch in my home!
A few tips for keeping the hydrangeas fresh and stop them from wilting. These tips work for when you cut hydrangeas from your own garden or grab them at the grocery store!
- Be ready with water immediately! Any old vessel will do even your sink.
- From the shrub, cut so you have a long stem for arranging in a vase.
- Strip off all of the leaves on the majority of stems. The leaves love water so by removing them it will force water to the blooms.
- To create the PERFECT bouquet, group the stems together in a bunch and hold them together with a rubber band.
- Hold the bouquet up to the vase and cut the stems to leave about 3 inches above the bottom of the vase.
- Fill the vase half way full with water.
- Place bouquet and adjust to make sure ALL stems are submerged in the water. Add water if any stems are not submerged.
- This is IMPORTANT – replace the water the next day and again follow step 7. The first day I notice the blooms soak up a ton of water!
- After the first day, replace the water every other day.
- If you see a little wilting, cut the end of the stems and repeat steps 6 to 9!
There are great resources on the web for reviving hydrangeas or keeping them from wilting in the first place. I love Z Design at Home’s blog, so check out her tips by clicking on the link. She says she can make them last for weeks using her methods. I keep it simple with fresh water and cutting the stems, but there is even more you can do to keep them longer.
For some of my other favorite flowers and what I planted in my garden check out this post Easy to Grow Flowers from my Southern Garden
Let’s be honest at some point they will die, but luckily I have more to cut for free and the grocery store will have more too 🙂 Cheers to fresh hydrangea blooms and adding fresh flowers to your home!
Hydrangea Update after 10 Days!
Are you interested in how long I’ve been able to keep the hydrangeas alive using my 10 steps? They look beautiful! The stems are shorter after a few trims, so after 2 more days I’ll be heading back to the garden for more!