4 steps for looking after your hydrangea

Do you love hydrangea, but don’t get much success with them as a cut flower?  If so, this blog post is for you.  Here are my four steps to looking after your hydrangea at home.

Unfortunately, I don’t have much luck growing hydrangea in my garden. If you’re local to Kent you might like to get your own hydrangea fix at Beech Court Gardens – or take a self-guided safari of the front gardens near you!

Four easy steps to looking after your hydrangea at home

  1. When to cut your hydrangea
  2. Remove the leaves
  3. Recut your stems
  4. Hydrangea bath
looking after hydrangea
looking after hydrangea

When to cut your hydrangea

Hydrangea are really water-hungry cut flowers.  To avoid them drooping in your vase you need to pick them when they are heading towards maturity. If you pick them when the blooms are new you’ll find they shrivel and die really fast.

Remove the leaves from your stems

Usually my advice with cut flowers is to remove the leaves that will sit below the waterline in your vase.  Because hydrangea are such thirsty flowers you’ll need to remove all of the leaves – although you might one to leave one or two at the top for decorative purposes.

looking after hydrangea
looking after hydrangea

Recut your stems

Re-cut your stems and place them in your vase of water.

Hydrangea bath

Hydrangea also take up water through their flower heads.  Instead of placing your stems straight into your vase you might like to dunk their heads into a bucket of water, before re-cutting their stem ends.

If you find after a day or so your flowers aren’t responding well to life as a cut flower, take them out of your vase and float them in bath of water.  You can really put them in the bath. Alternatively, use the kitchen sink.  Let them soak in water for about half an hour – or longer if you think they need it. Then recut your stems and place them back in your vase. 

You’ll need to shake off the excess water and let your flowers drain/dry, otherwise they’ll be dripping water over your surfaces.

If you'd prefer watching how to look after your hydrangea check out this video.


Until next time, happy flowers!




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