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Hydrangea and Floral Foam
Ask the Expert:hydrangea in foam arrangement
Hydrangea does better in water but there is a time when you need to use foam for a design, I have beenÂ putting them in tubes and then in foam should i be putting them directly into the foam, the few times that we used them in my design school they were put in tubes. Did a wedding shower very pretty hat box design nice brown and blue grogain ribbon on a inverted clear cylinder bride loved them look great for theÂ occassion but I am worried about them when the guest took them home please advise me
thank you jeanne
On the whole it is best not to use hydrangeas in floral foam.Â However if you have no other choice, initial preparation of the hydrangea is essential.
Since hydrangeas are susceptible to water deprivation, you want to make sure you prep them carefully when they arrive.Â Most commercial growers will send hydrangeas with a water source.Â Carefully remove the water source.Â Submerge the hydrangea heads under tepid water for 2 minutes and gently shake before you cut them.Â Cut them about 2" from the tip at a 45degree angle - because of the thickness of the stem you may need to make two cut on opposite sides.Â You will now have a end that looks like an arrow.Â Take your knife and gently make a cut up the center of this arrow -Â this will create more area for hydration.Â Now dip the stem in quick dip and then place in a vase with warm water and flower food.Â You can also spray the heads with crown and glory. This will give the hydrangeas the best start for any type of design use.
For foam go through the same process of dipping the head in water, dipping the stem in quick dip and then you can place them in the floral foam.Â FYI: you can soak your floral foam in a water and flower food solution - this will help extend the life of the flowers.Â Try not to move the hydrangea stem once you have placed it in the foam.Â If the hydrangea is not properly placed, take it out of the foam and repeat the process before you reinsert the stem into the foam.
Be sure to you send packets of flower food with the arrangements and encourage the recipients to use it when adding water to the arrangements.
Please keep me posted and let me know how these suggestion work for you.