One of the most popular and thoroughly enjoyed flowers in gardens are that of hydrangeas. Sadly they usually only last for a limited period of one to two months, depending on the weather. If properly preserved, they can be enjoyed year round.
Steps to properly dry hydrangea flowers:
- The opertune time to cut off the flower is right after the bloom begins to fade in color. (The fresh, colorful blooms will not dry well.) Cut the flower off with a stem around 12″.
- Gingerly pick the leaves off the stems and place the stems in vases of water. Be sure not to jam too many stems into one vase, airflow is important.
- Store in a dry and cool location until all the water evaporates out of the vase.
- Your dried hydrangeas are now ready to be enjoyed year round. They can be used in a variety of ways and are great for arts and crafts.
There are many varieties of hydrangeas which have different types of flowers. All make great cut flowers, but we have found that some are more sturdy and will preserve better than others. Hydrangea macrophylla are commonly referred to as mop head hydrangeas also known as “snowballs”. They come in white pinks and blues but are more of a delicate flower and don’t seem to preserve very well.
The best flowers for long term preservation are going to be from hydrangea paniculata. The most common varieties of these are limelight, pee gee and strawberry shortcake. The most defining feature of these flowers are their conical shape which come in white and pink flowers.
Wiesner Bros. Nursery always has a wide selection of hydrangea plants as they are one of our most requested plants and for good reason. Contact us with any questions about your hydrangeas or to inquire what new varieties we have in stock. Enjoy your new floral arrangement decorations!