Ever Popular Hydrangea
Bring some home…….
· Hydrangea are very water sensitive flowers. Upon receiving a fresh bouquet you should immediately cut about ½ to 1 inch from the bottom of the stem, WHILE HOLDING THE STEMS UNDERNEATH WATER, (this eliminates oxygen bubbles from going up the stem and restricting the uptake of water to the blooms)
· After cutting promptly place them in fresh water, enough to fill the vase and cover entire stem, as hydrangeas drink a lot of water.
· In the event your hydrangea wilts, (fickle little beauties, we know!) we have a shop secret that’s 99% effective. Snip the end of the stem and drop your hydrangea in boiling water! Yes, the hotter the better.
(It works, trust us!)
Grow your own…..
· Plant in the spring or fall, with full sun in the morning and afternoon shade or partial shade.
· Dig a hole 2 to 3 times as wide and as deep as the root ball, set the plant in the hole and fill half with soil and water. Once the water has drained fill the rest of the hole with soil and water thoroughly.
· Space multiple hydrangea plants 3 to 10 feet apart.
Fun Fact! You can change the color of your hydrangea blooms!
That’s right, it is possible to change the flower colors on your hydrangea plants, but not instantly, it can take weeks even months. Surprisingly it is easier to change from blue to pink, rather than pink to blue.
First step, test the ph of your soil.
· To get blue flowers you need a lower ph, which you can obtain by adding sulfur or peat moss to the soil.
· To get pink to light red flowers you can add limestone only around the plant. (A ph above 7.5 will result in poor growth).
Note: rain water is the best for plant because “hard water “ can affect the color of the flowers.