It’s almost August and you know what that means! Hydrangea season is in full bloom. We can’t get enough of those summer flowers, it is just ‘holiday in a vase’.
HISTORY OF THE HYDRANGEA
The Hydrangea has Asian and South American roots. The Dutch brought them to Europe on the first Dutch East Indies Company ships. The name is derived from ‘hydro’ (water) and ‘angeion’’ (pitcher), because the Hydrangea looks like an old water pitcher. Although you probably need a lot of imagination to see it.
SEASONS OF THE HYDRANGEA
The first half of the year there are red, pink, purple, white, green and blue Hydrangeas, as well as combinations of several colours. In the second half of the year, the flowers are more colour-changed. These Hydrangeas have more green, red or brown tones, which makes it perfect for autumn and winter. It makes them suitable for drying as well, so you can enjoy the flowers even longer.
SHAPES AND SIZES
The Hydrangea comes in several shapes and sizes:
- Single or double flowered
- Small flowers in the middle and larger petals on the edge (edge bloomers)
The Hydrangea represents gratitude, grace and beauty. The colours symbolise love, harmony and peace. It is perfect for luxurious arrangements for weddings, birthdays, but also memorial bouquets.
HYDRANGEA TRIVIA FACTS
MAGICAL RUBY RED
Grower Ermstrang invented the Magical Ruby Red by pure coincidence, and it has multiplied strongly over the last couple of years. This variety of Hydrangea is later available than the other sorts. There are various lengths of the Magical Ruby Red.
The Mammouth Rose is limited edition. It has a big bud with large flowers and beautiful in colour. It will soon be available in blue as well!
You can find the Schneeball in almost any plant nursery in the greenhouse. There is an explosion in the harvest at the moment. This is due to the current cultivation methods combined with the warm weather the past weeks. It is a very popular flower for bridal work. The Schneeball is sensitive to temperature changes. Brown spots can appear on the flower spontaneously. This phenomenon is called increased cell pressure. To ensure that these flowers don’t come to OZ Export, the Hydrangeas are inspected every morning in the cold storage.
MAGICAL EMERALD CLASSIC
Magical Emeral Classic is not classic in the beginning of the growth. The flower starts as a light pink flower (known as pastel light pink), but will colour green afterwards. Quality differences between various suppliers are the consequences of the applied techniques of the screens in the greenhouse. When the screens are put in the right manner, the colour of the Hydrangeas will be a deeper green. Some growers are specialised in achieving the deep green colour, therefore, the Hydrangeas of these growers have an AA or AAA quality.
The Pimpernel is the kind of Hydrangea that is considered the most colour certain. It is originally pink, but after adding aluminium sulphate, the colour of the Pimpernel is blue. A Hydrangea in this colour doesn’t exist naturally, which is why aluminium sulphate is added to achieve the blue colour. The availability will increase in the next weeks.
The Kyushu is the variety of Hydrangea that is not like the rest. It is a bit neglected, so it needs promotion in Hydrangea world. They are mostly used for arrangements without a vase, because there stems are not long. There is a limited amount of the Kyushu available.
TO FLOWER THE WORLD VIA SOCIAL MEDIA
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FLOWER OF THE MONTH
The upcoming weeks the Hydrangea is in the spotlight of the Flower Agenda. Inspirational images have been produced for all the flowers in the Flower Agenda by keeping in mind the Horticulture Sector Trends 2017. These trends are a translation of the latest consumer trends focused specifically on the horticultural sector both indoors and outdoors.
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