Oh, my… I came across some hydrangeas the other day while out shopping. There were four in the package and although they looked fresh, they appeared to be scrunched up a bit. After humming and hawing for 10 minutes, I finally decided to shell out the ridiculously low price of $8.00 (it’s almost a crime, really) and just get them.
When I got home, I had to do a little research on how to care for these amazing flowers. I knew enough to re-cut the stems (on a slant) but what I didn’t know was..
- … that they are the most water-lovin’ flowers you will ever find! So here’s what you do:
- cut the bottom of the stems off while under water (use garden shears) – this prevents a bubble from forming and hindering the uptake of water
- poke several holes in the stem with a needle (I used a nail)
- fill a vase to the brim with cold, cold water – add a handful of ice cubes! isn’t that weird? but apparently hydrangeas love cold water
- add the flower food that is usually included – if you don’t have flower food you can use 1 Tbsp sugar with 1tsp bleach
- add the hydrangeas and let them fall into place
- spritz the flower heads with more water
After following all these directions, I was rewarded with big fluffy blooms that lasted for days and days!
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