Hydrangea for cut Flowers

Hydrangea for cut Flowers

We have all heard of the hydrangea shrub and how good the flowers look in the late summer time. These are a great shrub to have in our gardens as they are very easy to grow, make a fantastic colourful display and need little or noHydrangea blue flowers maintenance. The only maintenance worth mentioning here is to prune these back hard in the springtime and that is pretty much what’s required. They will grow in most soil types but they prosper in rich porus moist soil. All we add is some mulch in the spring or fall and they do the rest. They are a great space filler and will produce some flowers in the same year as they were planted. They like the shade but will grow in most climates and are pretty much pest and disease resistant.

They attract the usual visitors when in full bloom, like butterflies, insects and all sorts of honeybees. Flowering commences in late summer and will continue into the fall. They come in four colours mainly blue, pink, purple, and white. Sometimes we can be lucky and have all four colours in the one plant. In our standard garden we have a variety of colours in summer, like pinks, yellows, reds, whites, purples but blue is a colour that we don’t have that often, so hydrangea is a great option, if we are looking for this colour. They are predominantely blue and really stand out from the rest, especially because of the large mop-head blossom that they will give us.


Hydrangea flowers


What is the best way to grow hydrangeas;


Some people grow hydrangeas in pots and that method is fine, but that will require some extra maintenance in the form of watering, feeding and general care. If we over-water, this can be detremintal to the health of the plant and if we forget to water, that too will result in poor performance and growth. However by planting these in the ground, we will have a better result overall and its their preferred growing method. The other drawback is that the plants will not fully develop in pots, as the rootball is very confined in this envoirnment and as a result the flower yield will be somewhat restricted.


Hydrangea bouquets of flowers


Hydrangea for cut flowers;


This is the big advantage of having a shrub of this calibre in our backyard or backgardens as it will deliver the most stunning of cut flowers for whatever the occasion is. We have all seen these as wedding bouquets, floral wreaths and just ordinary cut flowers for our sitting or living rooms. Go to any florist and they will tell you the tale of the hydrangea and how much in demand this flower is. They would easily admit that half of all the requests for wedding flowers are hydrangeas. They have such mystique and elegance and they have been around for years, it seems that everyone has grown up with these.


Hydrangea wedding bouquets


How to keep hydrangeas fresh;


This is the where some of the mystery lies when it comes to having hydrangeas keep their shape and style for days on end. These could keep their pose and structure on some occasions for at least seven days or so. Speak to anyone who grows hydrangeas and they will tell you a different story or secret on how they manage to stop these from wilting. The common denominitor is watering obviously, but that is only half the story. Most florists will dip the whole flower Purple hydrangeaheads and stems into a bath of water and leave them there for a few hours. As soon as they have been removed from the bath of water, place in a vase and they are good to go. This watering method will keep the flower heads from wilting and as we know there are a lot of petals in the mop-head of a hydrangea.

One other idea that a lot of people use and they would say that the key is, in how the stem is cut. This method applies to all other types of cut flowers and that is to cut the stem at an angle. This allows the stem to draw more water upwards and thus keeps it fresh for longer. In other cases people will tell us that they bash the stem with a hammer and this prevents the stem from forming a glue blockage at the base. This method will then allow for water to be absorbed upwards and up along the stem towards the flower head. Finally some people will tell of how they dip the stems into hot water for three to four minutes, as this process again softens the glue coating and allows water to be drawn upwards.


In conclusion;


It’s very easy to see how these flowers are a firm favourite with a lot of people and we would find it very difficult to disagree with them. Regardless of whatever the occasion, these cut and arranged hydrangeas will really stand out and the more we get to know and understand them, the more pleasing they will become. I trust that this information is beneficial and hopefully it will answer some questions that people may have on this particular variety of flower. As usual we are very social here at buildingraisedbeds.com and as ever do get in touch with us, with any aspect of this post that may concern you, via the comments section down under.

8 thoughts on “Hydrangea for cut Flowers

  1. I love hydrangeas, they a water gulpers it even says it in the name its self hydra-ngea. They a gorgeous, inexpensive (well at least when I had to order them for my wedding I was told they are one of the more afforadable flowers) And they definitley last long. If I ever have a garden I always want these flowers in it. They grow on a beautiful green bush, and decorate your home oasis 🙂
    Thank you for your tips.

    1. Hi there Agnes,

      Many thanks for stopping by and reading this post. Glad that you liked this post and found the information helpful and informative. I guess you are still attached to these hydrangeas, especially as you had them for your big day.

      They sure are a great flower and make a big statement, whether they are in our gardens, as floral wreaths, bouquets or as cut flowers.

      Thanks again for dropping by,

      Cheers  Phil Browne

  2. Good evening Phil,

    What a nice website with so many useful tips. You know, I am a gardener myself and love it. House cleaning is not my thing as the dust is always back in a whiffy. Now gardening I consider creative work and gives so much satisfaction. Your tips on compost are really good. I am blessed with a nice property on which there is a part with 100 orange trees. All the small stuff, like leafs and such, together with the weeds, are plowed in. This system has functioned now for many years and the oranges are great. There is also a vegetable garden which gets the organic leftovers once a week. I keep these in a bin with a lid so that it does not smell. I bet many people will be grateful to have this issue on compost so well explained by you.

    Regards, Taetske

    1. Hi there Taetske

      Many thanks for dropping by and reading this post, its greatly appreciated. I am glad that you have found the website useful and informative. gardening is a great hobby and pastime and there is no greater satisfaction other than growing your own vegetables and crops.

      You are so lucky with all that ground and its awesome to have your own oranges. I see that you are using up all the waste in your garden as mulch which is great and cuts down on some of your costs.

      Thanks again for stopping by,

      Cheers and happy gardening,


      1. Good Morning Phil,

        Thank you for replying to my comment.
        I recently heard this awful news about this bacterium which came flying over from the US and has now been detected in southern parts of Europe. It is a menace to trees and shrubs and affects some hundreds of species. I wrote about it and was thinking that you as a gardener might find it interesting.

        Regards, Taetske

        1. Hi there Taetske,
          Many thanks for your interesting comments and also for following up with this information. I have not heard about this crisis as of today and I will have to check up on your site for more info on this issue.
          I hope that it’s only a virus of some sort and that it can be quickly identified and eleiminated , before it does too much damage.
          Thanks again for dropping by,
          Happy gardening,
          Cheers Phil.

  3. Hello there. I read your page and learned a lot. The only thing, in my opinion, that I would change is to remove the semicolons next to your headers. I was a little distracting to me but other than that I could not find anything wrong or that I would change to your page. You have a wonderful site there. You have very beautiful pictures on your site also.



    1. Hi there Mike,

      Many thanks for stopping by and reading this post, its very much appreciated.

      I am glad that you have found the information useful and beneficial and hopefully one day the info. will be of some asistance to you in your gardening exercises.

      Thanks again for dropping by

      Cheers  Phil Browne

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