• Prepare a clean vase with cool to cold water mixed with flower preservative from your florist. Hydrangeas develop best in cold water, so feel free to place ice cubes in your water.
  • Cut your hydrangeas stems under water and at an angle. 1 inch from the bottom is what florists typically recommend for the first cut. Cutting the stems will allow the hydrangeas to absorb more water.
  • To ensure your hyrdrangeas are drinking enough water, try poking holes in the bottom of the freshly cut stem with a pin. They have thick stems, so the hydrangeas will have a harder time taking in water, and these extra holes will allow more absorbtion.
  • Use pruning shears to trim away any excess foliage from stems that will be submerged in the water solution. Excess foliage can muddy up water, or absorb too much water, drying out your flowers.
  • When the water begins to discolor, change the water-flower preservative solution with cold water and a new pack. Re-cut the stems as you have done on the first day. Discolored water is a sign of growing bacteria, which will cause the flowers to wilt faster.
  • Keep your flowers away from direct sunlight, heat and drafts.
  • (Optional) If you are leaving your hydrangeas for days at a time, you can opt to refrigerate your flowers, just like professional florists.


  • Hydragangeas are tyically available in the early spring and throughout the summer months but Infinite Gift can fly them in for you