Small, flat flowers with star-like petals grouped in dense, round clusters of up to 6 inches (15 cm) in diameter. Flowers are usually not fragrant. The most common colors include blue, pink, white, green, and antique rose.
Species: Hydrangea macrophylla
Origin: Native to Japan and Korea
Symbolizes: Hydrangea represents sincere and heartfelt emotion as well as gratitude. It can also be associated with apology.
Also Known As: Hortensia
Care, Handling & Design
Temperature: 34-38 F (1-3C)
Water: Medium water quality, avoid softened water.
Vase Life: 5-10 days
What to Look for When Purchasing
Check for mechanical damage to the flowers as well as dehydration/wilting.
Flowers have hard stems and are heavy. Foam should be strong enough to hold flowers. Shorter flower life in foam than vase. Make sure flowers are well hydrated before using in foam design. Make sure foam is kept well hydrated. Remove excessive foliage to minimize water loss – maintain minimum amount of foliage for aesthetics. Use higher density foam to support thick woody stems.
A wonderful mass flower with beautiful coloration and textural interest in large arrangements. Hydrangeas are very popular in wedding design. Mature, fully developed flower clusters may be dried. Size of the flower may limit design capabilities. Be sure stems are well hydrated before designing and use a finishing spray to keep blooms fresh and hydrated.
Ethylene exposure can lead to flower shattering in some varieties.
Pest & Disease Information
Botrytis on flowers.
Flowers are very susceptible to wilting: Shipping methods should include ways of prevent excessive dehydration. Re-cut and use a proper hydration solution of flower food. Flowers are prone to mechanical damage. Proper packaging including individual sleeves should be used. Flowers are prone to botrytis. Avoid extremely high relative humidity and treat with an anti-botrytis product during shipping.
For optimal care of Hydrangea, please reference the chart of products below. Make sure to select your region to see which products are available.