How to Cut Hydrangeas for a Vase – Learn the simple steps to take to get your hydrangeas looking their best in a vase.
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Select the right type of hydrangea
Select the right type of hydrangea for your vase. To get started, you’ll need to choose a blooming hydrangea that’s about to open, or one that has just begun to open. The ideal time to cut your hydrangeas is early in the morning, before the sun gets too hot.
Next, gather your tools. You’ll need a sharp pair of pruning shears and a clean vase Fill the vase halfway with cool water and add a teaspoon of sugar. (This will help the flowers last longer.)
Now it’s time to cut the stems. Cut them at an angle, about 2 inches from the main branch. This will help them absorb more water and stay fresh for longer. Finally, remove any leaves that will be below the waterline in the vase.
Cut the hydrangea at the right time
The best time to cut hydrangeas for a vase is when the flowers are just beginning to open. You can tell they are ready to cut when the bracts (the small, leaf-like structures) start to separate slightly. If you wait too long, the blooms will begin to wilt and lose their shape.
To cut hydrangeas, use sharp pruning shears and make a clean cut at an angle just above a set of leaves. The stems should be about 6 inches long. Immediately place the stems in a bucket of cool water.
If you can’t get to your flowers right away, don’t worry – you can still revive them! Just cut an inch or two off the ends of the stems and place them in a bucket of warm water for a few hours. This will help perk them up so they’ll look fresh in your vase.
Cut the hydrangea at the right place
To get the longest possible stems, cut hydrangeas early in the morning. Look for a healthy node—a swollen bump where a leaf meets the stem—and cut the stalk at an angle just above it. This will encourage new growth. If your plant is already in bloom, snip off any spent flowers. These can sap energy from the plant, preventing it from producing new blossoms.
Put the hydrangea in the vase correctly
You can use sharp scissors or gardening shears to cut the hydranja. You want to cut the stem at an angle so it can take in more water. You also want to make sure that you are cutting off any leaves that will be below the water line in the vase. You don’t want leaves in the water because they will decay and cause bacteria to grow.