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Hydrangea Questions

Hi,I had my heart set on having hydrangea centerpieces at my July wedding next year.I recently heard that if hydrangea's are cut too early (as in July) they will wilt almost immediately.I also heard that if you put fresh cut hydrangeas into boiling water for a few minutes immediately after cutting, the sticky sap (which causes wilting) will be released from the stems and you should have no problem with wilting.Has anyone ever heard of/tried this technique? Unfortunately I didn't have time to try this before summer ended this year and all the hydrangeas are gone. I'm nervous to get the hydrangeas now and would feel much better if anyone has tried this boiling water experiment and could vouch that it works!Thanks in advance for any advice!Melissa

Re: Hydrangea Questions

  • edited December 2011

    Melissa,

    Yes, it does work! We used them in an outdoor wedding in July 2008. 
    Make sure you cut them with a long stem. As soon as you cut them put them in boiling water for about 10min then transfer them into cold water. They will last in water for days! They will only last about 5hours out of water.
    Have fun planning your big day, Karen

  • pavingtheroadpavingtheroad
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    edited December 2011
    Just make sure they are kept in water or they will wilt
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