Drying Hydrangeas At StoneGable

Hydrangeas are a gardener’s delight. They provide a huge punch of color and panache all summer long!
To see hydrangea table click  HERE.
Graceful and lush, hydrangeas offer big blooms of color and fluff!  If dried correctly they also offer year round enjoyment! The techniques for drying hydrangeas are simple. It is the timing that can be a little tricky. But once understood, hydrangeas dry easily and stay beautiful for a year or more.
    

     

There are several ways to dry hydrangeas. But the easiest way that produces the best results is water drying.
Follow these easy steps for vibrant flowers that are surprisingly sturdy.

Drying Hydrangeas
*WAIT! Correct timing is everything! Hydrangeas can be harvested from August to October depending on your location and variety of  the plant.
Do not pick hydrangeas for drying that have freshly bloomed. There is too much moisture in them and they will begin to die before they dry.
Most hydrangeas will begin to self dry on the bush. When blooms take on a vintage look they are ready to be picked for drying. Some sign to look for are:
~color becomes muted…
~their color will change…
 ~brown or sepia tones appear on  some of the florets…
 ~and flowers begin to get a papery feel. Trust me on this one.
*Cut hydrangeas from bush and strip all leaves.
*Put flowers in a vase filled about one third full of water.  And that’s it!
Do not refill the water. Just let it evaporate. If water gets stagnate, replace it with new water to the current watermark.
I put mine in a vase and then in a big basket.  It should not sit near a window (like mine) if you are worried about faded color. I’m moving these to on top of the TV cabinet, but it was too high for a good photo.
Drying hydrangeas by using this method will keep the color more vibrant and the heads less fragile than air drying.
And they are perfect for fall decorating!

This garden friend has been spinning a web on my pink hydrangeas. He is a zipper spider ~ so called because he makes a zipper design on his web. Isn’t his art marvelous? They are an impressive size. This one was about the size of a generous half dollar. He is a non poisonous, non aggressive spider (that has very poor eyesight) who likes to hangs out in gardens. And he literally hangs upside down. I delight when I see one of these colorful spiders! They are such a wonder to me!

Comments

  1. says

    Good tips Yvonne. I wait for the “leathery” feel and then just use an inch or so of water. I am drying most of mine now, they seem to be “ready” early this year, maybe because of all the heat we have had this summer. I am so ready for fall and cooler temps!

  2. says

    You are so right about the timing. Many of my Annabelles were dry last month. They hold their color for a year or more making them one of my favorites.

    Your hydrangeas are all beautiful.

    -Rene

  3. says

    Hi, Yvonne,
    I had a bouquet of blue hydrangeas that I just “left” on the table, and not only did they dry, but they still have the vibrant blue color. I was amazed at this.
    D

  4. says

    My Aunt shared a huge bunch of cut hydrangeas last year and she told me how to water dry them – they still look stunning, although they’ve faded a bit. I should probably move them away from the morning sunlight.

    Great post, yet again!!

    :)
    ButterYum

  5. says

    Hi Yvonne – didn’t know if you’d see my reply to your comment on my blog or not, so I thought I’d post it here as well.

    RE the oven roasted tomato stuff – I hope you like it. I served it on pasta for lunch yesterday (thinned with a bit of milk). One of the kids rated it, and I quote, “18 stars!”. I guess it’s a keeper. My only caution is to use it sparingly – the flavor is intense – very garlicy!

    :)
    ButterYum

  6. says

    I love to bring in some hydrangeas at the end of summer to put in vases! I just don’t like all of the dried blooms that fall off but I’ve never used this method. Thanks for the great tips, Yvonne!

    I love those beautiful green hydrangeas in the basket!

  7. says

    I love hydrangeas.I just bought a huge bush this year.Soft pretty blue.I adore the green in the basket so pretty.

    happy week ahead! I grabbed your cinnamon buns recipe I LOVE them lol.

  8. says

    Now I’m going out to the yard to check our withering hydrangeas, long past their prime. I wonder if they could possibly be healthy enough to be dried. We’ll see, meanwhile, thanks! Your blog is a w e a l t h of information!!!

  9. says

    I so love hydrangea…fresh and dried! I usually buy the ones that have been freeze dried. We have a great place here for dried fruit and flowers.

    Your hydrangea are gorgeous!

    Enjoy!
    Cathy

  10. says

    Well, I guess my daughter was wrong!-she said she thought I knew everything!!! But-I didn’t know this! Thank you-I am going out right now to get my own AnnaBelles off the plant. Diana

  11. says

    Great tips, Yvonne. I have never water dried them before and this seems a better way. The last bunch I dried had a rather flattened look to them when I hung them. I will try it this way next time; thank you.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

  12. says

    Wonderful insightful Hydrangea drying tutorial Yvonne. They are such magnificent flowers and so wonderful to watch as they change over the months. I love them when they become more muted as you mentioned. A wonderful post, its always such a joy to visit you!!
    xoxo

  13. says

    Great tips! I love hydrangeas. Thanks for posting on my blog. My husband had a major stroke (bleeders in his head) on June 14th. He is doing well though.

  14. says

    thank you for sharing these beauties with us Yvonne.. Do you think I could dry crepe myrtle blooms this same way?? I have so many beautiful ones in lilac – pink and white I would be thrilled if I could dry and save some of them.. thank you

    Sonny

  15. says

    This is exactly what I do each year! This year I am TRYING to WAIT because I want to be able to use sme of the gorgeous GREEN flowers for the wedding! Praying they stay nice enough for 3 more weeks!!!!! Please cross your fingers for me:):) XO, Pinky

  16. says

    Okay, I could have done without the spider…but, it is a good picture and he is colorful:)

    We have a hard time with our hydrangeas surviving. We have planted a bush a few times and we get one year and it doesn’t come back. We put another new one out this year, such a pretty blue. I need to walk to that side of the house tomorrow and take a look. We’ve never had one long enough to get big and full of blooms. I would love to have some big dried ones…but, I have to have some big growing ones first!

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    I surely enjoyed the spider photo. I also have a spider in my bathroom between the window and screen.
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  23. Anonymous says

    What type of hydrangeas give that beautiful green color? I live in Indiana and I have seen white, blue and pink but I can never find that beautiful green color. Thanks so much!

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