Hydrangeas are a very water loving flower. That's why it frustrates me to see pictures of hydrangeas included in hand-tied bridal bouquets. There is a simple fact known to professional florists . . . hydrangeas wilt quickly without a water source. Period.
No matter what you see pictured in bridal magazines or on numerous Pinterest boards, keep in mind . . . hydrangeas die without water! But for years florists were also advised not to put hydrangeas in florist foam.
That has changed. Florist foams have evolved over the years and the new Max-Life foam by Oasis DOES support hydrangeas! So how to have a "hand tied look" but keep those blooms alive? Keep reading!
The following tutorial will show how to create a "mock hand tied bouquet" while providing that valuable water source. You do have to be careful in processing your wedding flowers and using the right professional floral products. If you plan to design your own wedding flowers, you must treat your flowers as a professional florist would.
Oasis has a newer bridal bouquet holder called a "Super Wet". It is available in a straight handle green, which makes it much easier to conceal and create the illusion of a hand tied bouquet.
The secret is a remarkable hollow handle that has a built-in wick. After designing your bridal bouquet, you simply pop the handle down into a vase of water and the wick draws the water up into the foam, keeping it continually saturated and the hydrangeas fresh! You would be amazed to know how much water a bouquet of flowers can drink in a couple of hours.
Before the SuperWet came along, florists had to be careful to re-wet the foam each day and replace any water sucked out of it by the flowers.
Always begin by soaking your foam in water that has been treated with Floralife flower food. Flowers are living things and giving them the right nutrients combined with water extends the life of your flowers.
Always allow all your foam products to "float soak". This simply means to allow the holder to draw up water gradually, saturating the foam completely.
This really only takes minutes to do. Forcing the foam under the water can create air pockets in the foam that don't get wet, causing a dry area that can spell death to a flower in your bouquet.
By allowing the foam to take up water gradually, you'll be assured that every single bit of the foam is completely saturated and providing vital water to the stems inserted into the foam.