Hydrangeas All Day
This year, my hydrangeas went gangbusters.
In late May, I fertilized both my Limelights and Mopheads with Holly Tone. By mid-June, I already had golf ball-sized buds. By July, they were in full bloom, and by mid-August, they were ready for harvesting. Each year, when the hydrangea blooms reach a state of paper-like thickness, I snip about 50 of the best heads for drying. To dry your hydrangeas, first soak the stems in water overnight. The next morning, remove from the water, and hang in a cool, dry place (my basement works well). In about 10 days, the dried hydrangeas will be ready to go. Keep them away from moisture, and they'll last up to two years.