Currans Flowers

Currans Flowers

Posted by Currans Flowers on February 24, 2016 | Last Updated: March 22, 2016 Spring

Our Homegrown Hydrangea

Each year, just in time for Easter, our grower Tim produces some of the finest hydrangea plants in our region. We retail and wholesale over 500 of these beautiful plants. Some of the finer florists in Boston carry our superior hydrangea plants.

Our hydrangea begin the journey into your home just after the Easter of the previous year. Our supplier in Canada takes cuttings off of his stock plants, roots them, transplants them, and then grows them through the entire summer in the North.  This is the only crop he and his sons grow, so they know their stuff!

In the fall, after the 1st frost, the hydrangeas are collected and then transferred into cold storage coolers where they will be held dormant for most of the winter.

Timing is the trick for our local grown hydrangea crop. These stunning plants are a customer favorite for Easter. In order to have them ready for the spring holiday Tim must follow a strict program, of heat, fertilization, and watering to ensure their proper development. Around 15 weeks before Easter the Canadian grower removes the dormant hydrangea from cold storage, boxes them, and ships them to us via tractor trailer.

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First Leaves

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First Leaves

When they arrive to Danvers, we carefully unpack them and set them in one of our greenhouses at 65 degrees where they spend the rest of the winter. About 2 weeks after arrival the plants have come out of dormancy and leaves are forming. More importantly, Tim will inspect the root system and determine whether or not the plants are ready to be repotted. Once new roots have formed we then repot the hydrangea into their larger retail ready pots. We use a larger pot than normal pot filled with premium quality potting mixture. This custom combination ensures a healthy root system that is ready to take up the water and nutrients these thirsty plants require to achieve their full potential.

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Repotting

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Repotting

Along the way Tim, along with our fertilizer vendor, has fine tuned the fertilization program for the hydrangea. The program is designed to account for the soil type, preexisting nutrients and minerals in our water (or lack thereof), and even the variety of the hydrangea. Our blue plant require different nutrients than our pink and white plants. It is the attention to detail that make a Currans Hydrangea better than the rest!

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Currans Flowers grows six different varieties of blue hydrangea, seven Varieties of pink, and two varieties of white. Some of the varieties this year include:

  • Pink Sensation
  • Early Blue
  • Red Beauty
  • Tivoli
  • Bavaria
  • Bela
  • Mathilda Gutges Blue
  • Merritt Supreme
  • Dutch Lady Selma
  • Blue Blaumeister
  • Pink Blaumeister
  • Dutch Lady Selina
  • White Regula
  • First White

 

Hydrangea First Bud

Hydrangea First Bud

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First Buds

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First Buds

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First Buds