Hydrangeas slowly have become one of IF not the most popular flowers after roses. First discovered in Japan, the name hydrangea comes from the Greek “hydor,” meaning water, and “angos,” meaning jar or vessel. This roughly translates to “water barrel,” referring to the hydrangea’s need for plenty of water and its cup-shaped flower.
According to a Japanese legend, the hydrangea became associated with heartfelt emotion, gratitude for understanding, and apology after a Japanese emperor gave them to the family of the girl he loved to make up for neglecting her in favor of business and show how much he cared about her. Each colour of hydrangea has its own meaning:
- Pink hydrangeas symbolize heartfelt emotion.
- Blue hydrangeas symbolize frigidity and apology.
- White hydrangeas symbolize boasting or bragging.
- Purple hydrangeas symbolize a desire to deeply understand someone.
The earth laughs in flowers
– Ralph Waldo Emerson-
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Hydrangeas are known for their short vase life so make sure you take special care of them. As soon as hydrangeas are cut the stems should immediately be put into tepid water. Use a sharp knife or clippers to cut each stem on a diagonal and submerge! Then boil water and dip each hydrangea stem into it. As controversial as it might sound hydrangeas produce a “sap” that clogs their stems and blocks water from traveling up it to those gorgeous blooms. The boiling water helps to do away with the sap. So, put boiling water into a cup. Dip each stem into the water for 30 seconds and immediately put them into a vase or container filled with room temperature water. Remember to replace the water every other day, because that will keep them fresher longer! Also, give hydrangeas a fresh cut and dip them in boiling water before putting them in the fresh water!
If hydrangea blooms start to prematurely wilt you can totally submerge them in a “bath” of water for about 45 minutes. Then recut and place the stems into boiling water and then back into a vase of fresh water. They should revive in a couple of hours and live another day or two.