I always loved having hydrangeas around, but they never seemed to last more than a day or two before they began to wither and wilt. Then a friend of mine showed me a simple tip to keep these magnificient flowers looking fresh for 7-10 days (and at times up to two weeks). This picture was taken when my flowers were 8 days old! Erev Shavuot, as I was standing in line at the floral department at Shop-Rite, a number people remarked to me that they NEVER buy hydrangeas as they just don't last. I shared this tip with them and would like to share it with you as well, so that you can also enjoy hydrangeas for an extended period of time. Here we go....cut the stem to desired height and then cut an x on the bottom of the stem so that the bottom 2-3 inches of the stem is divided in 4. Fill vase with water and place flower in vase.