Enchanting Hydrangeas: A Beautiful Choice as Cut Flowers
Hydrangeas, also known as hortensias, are enchanting flowers that can beautify any space. With their lush blooms and diverse color palette, hydrangeas are beloved by both florists and gardeners. In this blog, we delve deeper into the world of hydrangeas and explore various types, such as the macrophylla hydrangea and the paniculata hydrangea. Lastly, we'll discover when these flowers are in full bloom.
An Abundance of Hydrangea Varieties
Hydrangeas come in different types, each with their own unique features and charms. Common varieties include the Hydrangea macrophylla, with its large and spherical flower heads in various colors, and the Hydrangea paniculata, which boasts elongated flower clusters that often start with white blooms, turning to pink or even red. The popular Hydrangea Limelight is an absolute eye-catcher with its striking green flowers that gradually transform into a soft lime hue.
The Process of Drying Hydrangeas
An interesting quality of hydrangeas is their suitability for drying. This allows your customers to enjoy their beauty even longer. Drying hydrangeas is relatively simple and can be done in two ways.
- Upside-down drying, the quick method:
Hang the cut hydrangea upside down in a dry and dark place, allowing them to dry slowly while retaining their color. The air absorbs moisture within about 48 hours.
- In a shallow water layer, the slow method:
For this approach, a bit more patience is required. Place the hydrangeas in a vase with a shallow layer of water and avoid refilling it. Put the vase in a dark and cool spot. This way, the hydrangeas will dry slowly while preserving much of their color.
Dried hydrangeas are exquisite and can be used in various decorative arrangements.
Enchanting Colors of Hydrangeas
Among the most beloved hydrangea colors are white, pink, and blue. The white hydrangea exudes purity and elegance, making it a perfect choice for weddings and formal occasions. The soft and romantic appearance of pink hydrangeas also makes them popular among florists looking to add a touch of softness and color to their arrangements. On the other hand, the blue hydrangea exhibits an enchanting charm that feels almost fairy-tale-like. Some hydrangeas also turn a deep purple, enhancing their magical allure.
The Special Ability of Hydrangeas
Hydrangeas have the remarkable ability to change color, based on the presence of aluminum ions in the soil. An acidic soil with a lower pH will turn the flowers blue or purplish, while an alkaline soil with a higher pH will result in pink or reddish flowers.
When a hydrangea is colored through, it means that its flowers have acquired a different color as they age. This phenomenon is often observed in hydrangeas of the Hydrangea macrophylla variety. However, some hydrangea species retain their original color throughout their entire blooming period and do not change regardless of the soil's pH.
Bloom Time of Hydrangeas
The blooming period of hydrangeas depends on the species and specific conditions. In general, hydrangeas bloom from late spring to early fall. For instance, the Hydrangea Limelight starts blooming in summer and can maintain its floral splendor until autumn. It's a delightful sight to witness these flowers changing colors throughout the season.
Hydrangeas: An Enchanting Choice as Cut Flowers
As a florist, working with hydrangeas as cut flowers is truly a delight. They offer a rich variety of colors and forms, making them perfect for creating stunning bouquets and arrangements. At PP Flowers, we provide an extensive assortment of high-quality hydrangeas. If you're looking for a long-lasting, durable, and through-colored hydrangea cut flower, opt for the Hydrangea Classic. Your customers will enjoy the beauty of these flowers for a long time. And don't forget; your customers can enjoy hydrangeas even longer by sharing tips on how to dry them. Good for happy customers, and good for the environment too!
Add these enchanting flowers to your collection and let your customers be captivated by their timeless charm and unique allure. Check out our assortment of hydrangeas here!