Hydrangeas Care and Handling Instructions

It is normal for your flowers to appear dehydrated and thirsty.  Carefully follow our care and handling tips to insure full hydration and a long shelf life for your enjoyment. Please have someone available to receive and process the bulk boxes on the delivery date. 

Hydrangeas are water-sensitive flowers.  When you receive your hydrangeas you will note that each stem has a small water bag and each bloom is individually sleeved.        

  1. Carefully remove the plastic sleeve and proceed to remove each water bag. 
  2. Cut the stem ½ inch at a 90-degree angle WHILE HOLDING THE STEMS UNDERNEATH WATER. 
  3. Briefly submerge the whole stem and flower under very clean water (This can be done in a bathtub if you have many flowers at once). 
  4. Keep your hydrangeas in a clean receptacle with fresh water in very cool place until you are ready to make your flower arrangements.
  5. Once you are ready to arrange your hydrangeas, prepare your vase with clean cold water and flower food.
  6. Recut each stem diagonally to desired length and arrange in a vase with fresh cold water (You may add ice cubes to your water).  Make sure to keep plenty of water in the containers; hydrangeas drink a large amount of water.  The water level should cover the whole length of the stem. 
  7. Re-cut the stems and change the water every 3 days or as needed.  This will prolong the vase life of your hydrangea and you can expect your blooms to last an average of 7-12 days.

    If you find dark fading petals in the hydrangeas simply remove them.  It is normal to find several noticeably damaged petals or foliage.  These can easily be removed without damaging the hydrangea.


    Flower Food Tip  

    You can also easily make your own flower food.  Follow the steps below and you will give your flowers added shelf life.  This homemade flower food mix can be used for all flowers.                 

    1. Pour clean fresh water in the container or vase of your choice.
    2. To prevent the water from developing bacteria, add 1-2 caps of household bleach to the water. 
    3. For its nourishment, add 2 tablespoons of table sugar to the water. .
    4. In addition, 1 Tablespoon of lemon or lime juice provides citric acid, which also provides nourishment for your blooms.