Blog Article | How to choose the best preserved Hydrangeas

Author: Ader Broersen  Date Posted:15 February 2024 

Preserved Hydrangeas

In this article, I compare the different types of preserved Hydrangeas in terms of origin, stem length, bloom size, bloom shape, petal size, fragility, and price and share tips on how to get the most value out of your preserved everlasting Hydrangeas.

We have such a range of preserved hydrangeas available at All InSeason that it would be helpful to list the differences between the different types of preserved Hydrangeas. This article aims to help you make a more informed decision about what type works best for you.

While there are also many dried Hydrangeas around, we only supply and focus on preserved Hydrangeas for this article. Please check out this resource for a detailed explanation of the difference between dried and preserved flowers.


We source our preserved Hydrangeas from all over the world. Most of the small petal Hydrangeas are sourced from Asia, while the large petal Hydrangeas come from the other side of the world, South America.

Stem per bunch and bloom size

The number of stems per bunch is important because our customers order bunches, so one or two stems per bunch affect the perceived value from a customer’s perspective. But not all have the same number of stems.

Most of the small petal Hydrangeas have two, but sometimes only one, because they are bunched not based on the number of stems but on the size of the blooms. Sometimes, a larger-sized Hydrangea is bunched on its own, while two smaller-sized Hydrangeas are bunched together. The focus is on supplying the same volume rather than the same number of stems to provide consistent bunch sizes.

On the contrary, our large petal South American Hydrangeas are always one stem only. Generally, the stems are also longer and thicker compared to small petal hydrangeas.

Bloom shapes

Our preserved Snowflake Hydrangeas, also known as Quercifolia, are Cylinder-shaped. They are a bit longer and are a similar size at the bottom as on the top.

The Paniculata, on the other hand, have more of a cone-shaped bloom cluster. They are broader at the base and narrower, almost pointy, at the top.

Our Asian small petal Hydrangeas and South American large petal Hydrangeas are more dome-shaped. They are round at the top and have a flat base.

Petal size

When talking about the petal size, we mean the petal clusters, often consisting of three or four petals grouped together. (See image below) While the large petal Hydrangeas have a diameter of approximately 4cm, the small petal is only half that size, with about 2cm in diameter.


Understanding the differences between the different types of Hydrangeas regarding fragility is essential. Most florists prefer working with the cheaper, less fragile Asian small petal Hydrangea. They are easy to work with, and you can shape them a little if needed without breaking or damaging the bunches. This comes in handy when they are used for making floral bouquets or arrangements.

Large petal Hydrangeas are often the go-to Hydrangea for home decorators. While they are more fragile, they work well on their own in a vase and don’t need much work. From this point of view, fragility doesn’t play a deciding factor. Another benefit of the larger petal hydrangeas is that most people argue this type of preserved Hydrangea is the closest resemblance to the actual ‘fresh’ hydrangeas, as people often associate Hydrangeas with larger petals.

The Paniculata and Snowflake Hydrangeas are often chosen for weddings because of their delicate textures.

D.I.Y. tips and tricks to ensure you can get the most value out of your everlasting Hydrangeas.


We often get asked why there is a significant price difference between the different types. Well, two factors play an important role. First is the country of origin. Labour costs have an impact on the price of the products. For example, the cost to preserve Hydrangea in Japan versus China makes a significant difference. The second factor is transport costs. While Japan and China would see similar shipping costs, freight for products sourced from South America will be significantly higher.

We can share a few D.I.Y. tips and tricks to ensure you can get the most value out of your everlasting Hydrangeas. Check out this video from our experienced florist, Kelly, for professional tips in under two minutes.

What's next?

We hope this article helps you to make an informed decision on choosing the best preserved Hydrangeas. Please check out our complete preserved Hydrangea range and let us know in the comments below if you thought this blog post was helpful. We would love to hear your thoughts.

About the author

Ader Broersen – Ader is Co-owner, Marketing & Sales Director at All InSeason Australia & New Zealand | 20+ years of experience in the agricultural/flower industry both in Holland and Australia with a passion for flowers.

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Please note: Some specific Hydrangea varieties and-or characteristics might differ per unique variety. This information is designed for All InSeason and its Hydrangeas range to provide and compare general information only.

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