(Closed) how long do hydrangeas last?

posted 8 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We’re using hydrangeas too and I’ve heard that they can have wilting issues so I’ve been trying to research this as much as possible… From what I’ve read, it really depends on exactly how the stems were handled/treated from the time they were cut — not just the length of time since they were cut.

I’ve seen the ones on the Sam’s Club site and they seem to have really good reviews, so I’m thinking they might be a good choice. We’re thinking of going with those too.

Bottom line though, it is definitely possible to have hydrangeas that last really well… My mom has a ton of hydrangeas in her yard and makes arrangements with them all summer… they last for days and look gorgeous!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

hydrangeas, like orchids, drink through their petals as well as their stems. if their flowers wilt, try either dunking them in water (yup, the whole flower head into a full sink or bucket) or spritzing them with a water bottle.  they dont work well for bouts for this reason, you may want to select another flower for those.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

They.are.not.good.

They don’t last. They are liked BUT I say this as the future daughter in law to a florist and weddih vendor who sees hydrangea wit and die and look bad wedinf after wedding. They red a CONSTANT water supply. If you do them in a bouquet, even with a pro, don’t expect them to make it past ceremony. Especially if an outdoor or summer wedding.

A pro has a really hard time working with ten and the slightest thing will kill them. I know they are really popular because they are gorgeous, big and cheap…. But I reall. Don’t rec tem for a bouquet or bout if you are diy. Even a pro will caution you to use them at all except for centerpieces

sorry. .

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Sorry for spelling and grammar. Phone.

Post # 7
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Busy bee

Hydrangeas are lovely, but they wilt really easily.  We grow them at my house, and from what I have noticed they will wilt if they are not fully mature blooms.  Mature blossoms will not need water to stay sharp… but are harvested in the fall.   Typically from my experience, white and blue blooms are not the mature blossom’s colors and wilt terribly fast… they will need water and are not going to stay fresh easily…A mature bloom will “suntan” and change colors.   But there is another bush that we call the snowball bush that has very similar white blooms but doesn’t wilt as easily that might be a good fit for what you are looking for!  I think it would be worth checking out!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Haha… how fast can you snap?

My photographer (who basically served as our wedding planner) said that she has seen many FAILED DIY flowers with hydrangeas. Even a professional job’s hydrangeas will be wilted by the end of the night. I would check out @Missbliss’s suggestion!

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2010

if you do hydrengas do the real touch ones from the craft store. They look real but they are not. I was going to use hydrengas but decided against it because I did not want the petals falling off the bouquets.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

It also depends on how hot it is outside.  I luckily had my wedding in November so it was colder outside.  I cut them them the day before and let them soak in the tub and took them out of the tub the morning of. I had them in vases between the church and the reception.  I bought hydrangea plants from a discount flower store.  They lasted a 1 or two hours into the reception. Although, I wasn’t watching them the entire time so I don’t know exactly when the wilting happened.  I made sure to get pictures in the beginning.  Otherwise they sat on the table the rest of the reception.  They didn’t look too bad by the end of my reception.  A little wilted. 

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

i had all hydrangeas at my wedding and everything lasted extremely well…we re-used the flowers for brunch the next day and they were perfect.  we did keep the bouquets in water right until it was time to head to church (at noon), and at 10 pm they were still going strong.  they do need a ton of water, but handled well they will be just fine.  

Post # 12
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Busy bee

On a hot day, the flowers wilt on the plant.  You have to water the plants a lot.  Noticing the comments on a November wedding, those plants may have also been more mature.  The flowers will bloom all summer.  The color change that I would describe as a suntan probably does not appear on plants that have spent the summer inside a store might not change color.  (I call it a tan, because I have noticed that the blooms in the center of the plant are normally closer to the soft pastel shades all the plants were when they first bloomed.  I know that Martha Stewart has done some things with hydrangeas that you might want to look into if you are going to DIY!

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We are using hydrangeas in our bouquets.  Our florist will put each stem in a water tube hidden within the bouquet.  He says he’s never had a problem using them this way. 

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I too am planning on using Hydrangeas in my indoor/outdoor Miami Wedding. I am planning on going with Sam Club. I ordered the pack of 20 just before Mother’s Day. I killed two birds with one stone. I saw how they are and handed them out to all of the Mom’s. They where lovely and arrived very timely. They did wilt when I had them out of water for about 4 hours during a mothers day pool party. I kept a few at home to experiment. I noticed the ones I didn’t cut the bottoms of every day at a clean angle wilted within a few days. The ones I did lasted about a week. Because of the wilting situation I think I just going to use them as center pieces only. If I do make my bouquets I will use the water tubes for sure. I also will be purchasing floral shears for them. There stems are very thick and where hard to cut with my kitchen knife and shears.

 

I hope this info helped.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

They are touchy.  I talked to my florist for a while about them.  When she makes the boquets out of hydrangea, she actually puts water inside the boquet to keep them hydrated.

We are having them as the centerpieces, and in the bridemaids boquets, as well as on the cake and escort card table.  They will be kept in water as much as humanly possible!

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I would try to stay away from them as a stand alone arrangement.  We did them at our wedding and they wilted and shriveled up so fast it was crazy!  We had an outdoor wedding so as soon as they went outside, the sun and humidity got to them.  I even had my aunt’s flower shop doing the flowers and they did all the things the pro’s know to do and they just couldn’t take it.  They waited until a few minutes prior to guests arriving to place them in the arrangements and they still didn’t work.  Mine in my bouqet did fine but they were mixed in with other flowers and then they had water picks on them.

I also have some in my flowerbeds at the house and if they go for more then a day or so without good watering they wilt.

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