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How To Dry Hydrangeas

Updated on September 4, 2016

Dried Hydrangea Wreath


Dried Hydrangea Flower Heads


Preserving The Beauty Of The Hydrangea

How I Dry Hydrangeas

Drying Hydrangeas

Ecclesiastes 3:11 He has made everything beautiful in its time.
Also he has put eternity in their hearts, except that
no one can find out the work that God does from
beginning to end.

Job 38:7 The original creation was so awesome, majestic, and beautiful that morning stars sang together and the sons of God shouted for joy

Genesis 1:31 God Himself examined it all and declared that it was " very good."

How fortunate we are that God has created and surrounded us with so much beauty. I like to take that beauty and make it last as long as I possibly can. One of the ways to do so, is to dry some of the flowers that grow in my garden. I have found that the easiest whole flower to dry for me anyway is the hydrangea.

Harvest Time

The best time to harvest hydrangeas for drying would be when you notice that the flowers are turning green and becoming papery. This usually happens when fall is just around the corner.

At this stage of drying your hydrangeas will most likely remain green in their dry stage..However if you hang them to dry in a dark area, such as a closet they will often return to their blue or pink coloring.

The best way I have found to dry hydrangeas is to place fresh cut flowers into a vase of water. The stems should be at least half covered in water. Place them in a location out of direct sunlight. Allow the water to evaporate. At this point the flowers are dry to touch and ready to use in whatever way you wish. Another way to dry them would be to pick them from the bush when they are just starting to dry out, tie them together in bundles and hang them upside down, allowing them to air dry. And another way to dry them would be to simply lay them out on a dry towel in a dark room, where they will not be disturbed.

Dried hydrangeas may keep their colors for an entire year...I keep them for the entire year and replacing them each year.

Growing Your own hydrangea plants

It is very rewarding to grow your own hydrangeas and then dry them, In this way the flowers can be enjoyed fresh or dried all year long. To learn more on growing your own hydrangeas Please visit Growing And Preserving Hydrangeas

How To Dry Hydrangea Flowers, Drying hydrangea flowers is best done in a paper bag, followed by a mist of hair or body spray and a dusting of body glitter. Dry

Hydrangea Flowers

The best as well as the easiest ways to dry hydrangea flowers is to allow them to almost completely dry on the plant. Do not collect them until the flowers have developed a papery feel. On a dry day with low humidity, cut the stems the length you wish for drying. Remove all of the leaves and place them in a dry place indoors, away from sunlight, where the flowers can finish drying. Some people place them in a warm, dark location, such as a closet. Others prefer a cool, dry location. Flowers can be hung upside down while being dried, or can be placed in a vase with or without water. If you are using water, then allow the water to completely evaporate

Another way to dry hydrangeas would be to use a paper bag. Learn how to make them sparkle as well. Please watch the video.

Hydrangea Arrangements


Dried Hydrangea Arrangement

You will need the following

An assortment of hydrangea flowers with stems..the amount will depend on the size of the flower heads as well as the size of the urn.

18 gauge floral wire

Brown floral tape

Foam blocks


5. A large urn, basket or container of your choice

1. Push foam blocks into urn to fill. The middle block should be approximately 2 inches higher than others. Cut off the top corners using a craft knife.

2.Cover foam lightly with moss and pin in place.

3.Place the first of hydrangeas in the center, then add a few to each side and then fill in any spaces with the remaining hydrangeas.

Storing The Dried Hydrangeas

Safe Storage For Dried Hydrangeas

The best way I have found to store my already dried hydrangeas, would be to wrap them gently and loosely in tissue paper or newspaper and then I place then in a cardboard box with a lid. Do not store them in a place that is damp. Although you want to keep them dry, at the same time keep in mind that too much dry heat, such as you may get from indoor heating could cause the hydrangeas to become to dry. The ideal place to store them my be in the garage or a storage shed. However, you may need to protect them from insects, if so, you can add a few moth balls into the box when storing them.

To Care For Your Dried Hydrangeas:

It is best to keep dried hydrangeas out of the direct sunlight, this will prevent them fading, and from even more drying. To dust my hydrangeas I use my hair dryer on the lowest heat possible, and hold it several inches away from the arrangement..

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    • Rachel L Alba profile image

      Rachel L Alba 3 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      I was so happy to see you in my e-mail. I'm new to HubPages so I wasn't sure how it works. I love your posts, especially this one about hydrangeas. I have a strawberry hydrangea and keep the dry flowers all winter. I used to crochet and knit a lot when I was younger, but can't see the stitches so good anymore even with my glasses. I still love to cook though. I have a blog called The Old School Housewife if you would be interested in seeing that. God bless.

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      Faythe Payne 4 years ago from USA

      @ Joe..LOL...Happy to be of service

    • hawaiianodysseus profile image

      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Faythe, I have a floral vase figurine made in Thailand that I've been trying in vain to identify in greater detail. Seeing your photos, I instantly recognized that these were the same kinds of flowers that the artist who made the vase had recreated in ceramic. Your hub, then, turned out to be very useful to me but in a novel way. : ) Thanks so much for sharing, and the verses at the beginning were a nice touch. Aloha, Faythe!



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