Hydrangeas have thick, ligneous stems that need to draw water for maximum vase life. As soon as your hydrangeas arrive, immediately place them in water. Cut hydrangeas may tend to droop, and while it may look like the blossom is too heavy for the stem, that's not the case. The flower heads wilt because hydrangeas produce a tacky substance that can clog the stems, preventing maximum hydration.
There's an easy fix to keep your flowers looking fresh, even if they've started to slump. Cut the stems on an angle and place them in boiling water for 30 seconds or warm water for at least an hour. Remove them from the hot water and place them in a vase filled with room-temperature water. You can also preserve a beautiful bouquet of hydrangeas by drying them. Simply hang them upside in a warm area of your home. You can expect the color to fade slightly, but the dried flowers will last anywhere between nine months and a year.
Hydrangeas are popular for engagement parties, bridal bouquets and weddings, and they're the celebratory flower for the fourth wedding anniversary, symbolizing appreciation. What's interesting is that while the hydrangea is one of the top bridal flowers, it symbolized frigidity during Victorian times and was used to turn down a romantic interest. Hydrangeas have a number of different meanings including prosperity, grace and beauty, heartfelt emotions and gratitude. It has been said that a Japanese emperor once gave his love a bouquet of hydrangeas to apologize for not spending enough time with her. When considering which color is appropriate, remember that pink is connected to romantic feelings, love and marriage; white is considered a symbol of grace and abundance; purple also symbolizes abundance, in addition to wealth; and blue is linked to asking for forgiveness.