How to Cut the Blooms From a Hydrangea

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Hydrangea blooms are often used in dried and fresh flower arrangements and bridal bouquets.The large clusters of H. paniculata ‘Grandiflora’ and H. macrophylla are especially good for cut flowers, according to the University of Rhode Island Landscape Horticulture Program. Depending on the soil pH and climate, hydrangeas tend to become tinted green or blue as they dry. Once dry, they are a long-lasting, durable choice for dried arrangements.

Difficulty: Moderately Easy


Things You’ll Need:

  • Pruning shears or scissors
  • Vase
  1. Cut hydrangea blooms for fresh arrangements shortly after the flowers open, while the petals are soft and the colors vibrant. Cut the stems 12 to 18 inches, depending on your vase. Cut them back 1/4 inch above an outward growing leaf or leaf bud.

  2. Strip the leaves and place the hydrangeas in a vase filled with cool water. Change the water frequently to extend their life.

  3. Cut flowers for dried arrangements in late summer or early fall, after the flowers have dried on the stems. Strip the stems and arrange them in a vase to continue drying for several weeks. Arrange as desired.

Tips & Warnings

  • Cut hydrangeas early on a clear, dry day if possible.

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