Hydrangeas have always been a popular flower variety. I can remember seeing my grandfather planting my grandmother’s favorite white hydrangeas; they would sit out by their garden in lawn chairs, holding hands and looking at their splendid floral displays. Unfortunately they are not really considered anymore because of the variety of other flowers available today. Whenever I look at hydrangeas I can think of many different things.
One thing to think of is that they are far more affordable than some of the other varieties people are planting or using for their events or displays. Newer varieties will even grow in cooler climates and have much deeper, and richer colors. Whole Blossoms has several varieties in which I will list for you below. Certain hydrangeas can even change their color depending on the soil they are planted in. We see this a lot with certain varieties that come from California and Colombia. Farms experiment with creating new colors by working with the acid and alkaline conditions of the soil, also by adding a layer of lime stone or chalk, red hydrangeas are dramatically enhanced.
Planting and caring for hydrangeas is pretty easy. They always seem to thrive when planted in sunny areas, moist soil, and plenty of room to grow without having to be pruned as often. Too much shade will cause a great deal of problems, especially when planting them under a tree. Trees love the moist soil that hydrangeas supply and their roots will cut off their ability to drink water.
They are also quite disease-resistant, but occasionally can be infected. Mildew sometimes forms in heavy shade and humid conditions. Leaf spots, root rot, and even rust can occur if they are planted in the wrong conditions.
Hydrangeas make wonderful cut flowers and are perfect for bouquets, but one thing to keep in mind is the variations of color than can occur because of the climate and soil conditions as previously mentioned.
If you have an event and are planning on using hydrangeas, we have some helpful tips for you to remember. Occasionally we will have a customer worry that their hydrangeas appear wilted. First of all, if they do look wilted it’s because they love to drink water and miss it during their transport. However, they are perfectly normal.
Hydrangeas that appear wilted, but this is normal
The stems of hydrangeas have a liquid that seals the bottom so the heads do not receive water, even though people cut them they still don’t receive water. So what you can do is to get a peeler, like a potato peeler and peel the bottom of the stem all the way around, much like you would peel a cucumber. Then you take a knife a make several cuts all over and around the peeled part of the stem. When you do this the heads will get real big because they will be able to get more water. To get your hydrangeas at the maximum size on their heads, once you have peeled the stems, then you fill a tub with filtered water at room temperature. Once you have the tub filled then you fully submerge the stem and head, they cannot just be floated, but fully submerged for 4 to 6 hours and it is miraculous! They come back to full life. These flowers are extremely sensitive to water. That is why hydrangeas coming from a very long distance appear wilted or dying, they simply need hydration, but the result is a beautiful flower for arrangements. The heads are so full, sometimes you can make a bouquet with one stem.
Again, remember if your hydrangeas are a true blue, depending on the pH levels in the rains coming from the farms, your hydrangeas may have a tinge of purple and farms really don’t have a way of predicting this kind of outcome. At Whole Blossoms, we hope this article has been helpful and will be more than happy to assist you with completing an order for hydrangeas or any floral need you may have.
Here are the hydrangea varieties we currently have available: