I feel like I’ve done quite a few spotlight posts recently, after having done a four post Wild and Cascading Green Series just last week, but right now, our office is filled with large, lush hydrangeas in all kinds of cool colors, so, I feel the need to talk about them!
Hydrangeas are gorgeous flowers that feature a hearty stem with large broad leaves and a large ‘head’ that is made up of clusters of small four-petal flowers. This is what makes them so lush! They also give you a lot of bang for your buck, since, although they can be a bit pricier per stem, you don’t need as many to make your arrangements look full… as an educated guesstimate, I would say one Hydrangea stem could give you the same ‘fullness’ of say 5-8 roses or 3-4 garden roses, this of course depends of the size of the flowers and how tight or loose you arrange them, but hopefully that gives you a general idea.
Naturally, Hydrangeas come in shades of White, Pink, Green and Blue (it’s one of the few flowers that have a natural true blue color!), but with the technology of floral sprays and intravenous tinting, we can now offer Hydrangeas in just about any color! (I will talk more about these two methods of tinting in a bit!) Just take a look at some of the stunning colors in our office right now…
From the impossible to find turquoise and tiffany blue to a regal royal purple and a rich raspberry pink… We even have Hydrangeas with Glitter, which are so cool for the Holidays or if you just want to add a bit of shimmer to your wedding arrangements!
So, how do we get these colors? There are two forms of tinted Hydrangeas, Spray or Airbrush Tinted and Intravenously Tinted. With both methods, we start with a white hydrangea. For the airbrushed color we spray the flower with a floral safe paint. Because hydrangea petals are pretty densely packed, this method will leave some of the natural white showing. It is also possible that the paint could rub off, so it is always recommended to handle the blooms carefully. For the intravenous method, we place the bottom of the stem into concentrated dyed water. This allows the flower stem to “drink up” the colored water, tinting the bloom to the desired color. The tint will not rub off from the surface of the petals, however, the color may seep from where stems are cut, leaves are removed from the stem, or where flower petals are torn, especially when wet. This may temporarily stains hands and will stain clothes, so wear gloves and old clothes when processing and designing with these blooms. The color of the intravenously tinted flower may vary to some degree as well. Some petals may not absorb the tint 100% and the color may be darker on some petals than on others. The color may also appear stronger when the flower first arrives, and will most likely lessen in intensity after it is fully bloomed or re-hydrated. Take a look at two different hydrangeas, one Airbrushed and one Intravenously Tinted…
Can you see the difference? The pink airbrushed hydrangea shows some of the white, while the lavender intravenously tinted hydrangea is all lavender but you should be able to see some areas of darker purple, like around the edges of the petals. There really isn’t one way that’s better than the other when it comes to tinting, it just comes down to personal preference and the colors you want!
How to care for your Hydrangeas, Natural or Tinted…
Before shipping your flowers, we prepare them for their journey with proper hydration methods. In most cases your hydrangeas will arrive with individual water sources around their stems. However, they should still be processed right away…
- Open your box of flowers and inspect. If upon first inspection, you foresee a problem with your flowers, call us immediately at 1-877-507-6737. However, it is absolutely NORMAL for your flowers to appear sleepy and thirsty after their journey.
- Ensure that your flower buckets are clean and disinfected.
- Fill 2 containers one with at least 4 inches of fresh, cool water and the other with warm water.
- Using sharp scissors or a knife under running water, cut the stems diagonally approximately an inch from each stem’s bottom edge.
- Immediately after cutting, place the stems in the prepared warm water for approximately 5 seconds then place the flowers into the cool water.
- Remove any dark or fading petals. It is normal to find several unattractive, dark or fading petals, all of which can be easily removed without damaging the Hydrangea.
- Keep flowers away from direct sunlight, drafts or excessive heat. Cooler temperatures will prolong the Hydrangea’s vase life. You may choose to use a floral refrigerator, but it is not required (keep in mind a floral fridge is warmer than most household refrigerators and is free from fruits that can emit harmful gases).
- Allow your flowers at least 4 hours to properly hydrate before arranging.
- Change water and re-cut stems every 24 hours to keep flowers fresh. Assure that your flowers have sufficient water. The flowers will drink an exceptionally large amount of water upon arrival. If your hydrangeas are intravenously tinted your water may change colors due to the tint seeping out of the stems…to be safe, keep these flowers separated from any other flowers you may have.
Hydrangeas can have a tendency to wilt if they don’t get enough water or are kept in warmer temperatures, but don’t worry, we have some tips to refresh your hydrangea flowers! To refresh the flower, dunk the entire flower head in cool water for approximately 20 minutes. For special instructions, check out: How to Revive Wilted Hydrangeas – Industry Insiders Share their Secrets.
Enjoy your Flowers!