Flowers Feed the Soul so I cut some blooms for some Ball Jar Bouquets.
And chalked up a little bloom for the soul on my Potting Shed door.
Our Endless Summer hydrangeas are blooming! I cut some of the moppy blue flowers to enjoy for some Ball Jar Bouquets. . .
And added some butterfly bush stems and bee balm.
Have you tried the ‘alum-dipping’ method with cut hydrangeas? I was thrilled to discover it works to keep cut hydrangeas from wilting. Cut your blooms the first thing in the morning when the flowers are fully hydrated, immediately placing them in a bucket of water.
When arranging them, cut each stem at an angle for maximum water intake and dip ½ inch of each stem in alum powder, found with the spices at the grocery store.
Place the dipped stems in your vase of room temperature water (the temperature it runs from the tap).
For best results, remove the leaves from the hydrangeas since they cause evaporation loss and take water from the head of the flower. Change your water every day or every other day to keep the bacteria down. You can add some floral preservative to the water or make your own preservative to help your flowers last longer. Per 1 quart of water add: 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, 1 tablespoon sugar and 1/2 teaspoon household chlorine bleach.
Keep flowers cool for longer life and avoid exposure to heat and direct sunlight. If your hydrangea blooms begin to wilt prematurely give them an emergency bath and submerge them in cool water, flower heads and all, for 45 minutes. Give the stems a fresh cut and redip in alum and place in a fresh vase of water, letting the blooms air dry.