Hydrangeas: A trend in the decor world

Hydrangeas are making a big comeback in the floral world. To commemorate this rise of popularity, That’s why we share with you a small guide on this flower so shoppers can order a bunch this holiday season.

Moody Hues

Hydrangeas shift colour over the course of their blooming season, often starting out green then changing to pink and back again. This characteristic makes them sought after for flower delivery in Melbourne. The change actually has to do with the presence of aluminium in the soil as much as the pH. Acidic soil will likely produce flowers that range between shades of blue and purple while an alkaline soil will give petals that are soft pink or red.

Types of Hydrangeas

Mophead hydrangeas have hefty, rounded bunches of flowers growing from a large stem base. This variety comes in a range of colours such as purple, blue and pink and is most commonly seen in bouquets like the Amazing Graze Flowers Truth or Dare Bouquet – one of the boutique florist’s most popular choices for flower delivery in Melbourne.

The lacecap hydrangea features a ring of showy blossoms encircling a bunch of small coloured buds. This produces a unique-looking flower great for garden cultivation.

Panicle hydrangeas grow on an elongated stem, forming a conical creation. This witches-hat shape offers a different look for bouquets, though they’re not often cultivated for arrangements. They can be grown into trees – the only type of hydrangea to do so.

Keeping Flowers Fresh

For cut flowers, such as Amazing Graze Flowers’ Mother’s Gentleness Bouquet, make sure to refresh the vase with room-temperature water daily. If the petals seem to be wilting, cut the stems and immerse them briefly in boiling water before placing them back in their vase.

Want to grow a Hydrangea Plant? Make sure it gets plenty of water and keep an eye on the soil to ensure it stays moist. Unlike other plants, it prefers the shade but will tolerate some morning sunlight.

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Investing in a stunning hydrangea bouquet will offer a bonus after summer has gone, as these flowers can easily be dried, giving arrangements a second life.

The Duration Of Hydrangeas

The large and colorful blooms of a hydrangea (Hydrangea spp.) grace the gardens of homes in U.S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zones 5 through 9. If properly maintained, these shrubs can grow between 4 and 12 feet tall, and live for decades, sharing their frothy blooms most of the summer.

Lifespan

Hydrangeas are long-lived shrubs, sometimes living for up to 50 years if properly cared for. They enjoy morning sun but afternoon shade, and they need frequent watering during the growing season. Prune them in the fall after the blooms fade so they can grow on strong stems the following summer. Pruning the plants while they’re blooming can damage them, causing the hydrangeas to go a year without blooms while the plants recover.

Common Hydrangea

Bigleaf hydrangeas also are called the common hydrangeas, and they bloom in several colors, including blue, pink and purple. These hydrangeas bloom earlier than some other varieties, often with blooms forming in May. The plants typically continue to develop blooms into July. Bigleaf hydrangeas are known to change bloom colors based on the soil properties; a plant that blooms pink one year can bloom blue the next. Adding aluminum sulfate to the soil encourages blue flowers, while adding hydrated lime brings pink blooms, which appear in alkaline soils. Cultivars include “Ayesha,” “Nikko Blue” and “Preziosa.”

Long Bloomers

The smooth hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens) blooms longer than other hydrangeas, often showing color from early June through September. Cultivars include the white “Anabelle” and pink “Invincibelle Spirit.” Unlike other hydrangeas that bloom best on old wood, smooth hydrangeas usually bloom on the current year’s wood, which means you should prune them severely. Cut them down to within 6 to 12 inches of ground level.

Late Bloomers

Panicle hydrangeas (Hydrangea paniculata) get a later start in their blooming season, preferring to bloom in the heat of summer rather than the cool weather in spring. Often not getting started until July, panicle hydrangeas bloom into September. Their flowers start out as white and begin to change to a rusty pink as fall draws near.

Non-Blooming Years

Hydrangeas can develop large blooms in their first year, but if you move the plants or transplant one from a pot to the ground, the hydrangeas might skip blooming for a year or even two. This doesn’t mean they are finished blooming for life. Continue watering regularly, and fertilizing the plants in the spring, summer and fall with a balanced fertilizer, and blooms should start developing once their roots get over the shock of transplantation.

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Writer Bio

Based outside Atlanta, Ga., Shala Munroe has been writing and copy editing since 1995. Beginning her career at newspapers such as the “Marietta Daily Journal” and the “Atlanta Business Chronicle,” she most recently worked in communications and management for several nonprofit organizations before purchasing a flower shop in 2006. She earned a BA in communications from Jacksonville State University.