Hydrangeas are a gardener’s delight. They provide a huge punch of color and panache all summer long! But don’t give up on them at the end of summer! That’s when they take on another look and almost another life! Drying hydrangeas preserve them so they can be used for the rest of the year! If you have hydrangeas you should dry them! Soooo pretty!
Graceful and lush, hydrangeas are bursting with 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 dried hydrangeas that are surprisingly sturdy.
The 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 wilt and die before they dry.
Most hydrangeas will begin to self dry on the bush. Here’s how you can tell your hydrangeas are ready to dry…
- sepia edges
- papery feel
- saturated color or change in color
- star like bud centers
- cup your hand and touch the flowers to see if they feel a little stiff
~color becomes muted…
Cut hydrangeas and strip all the leave off the stems.
Fill a vase with two inches of water and add the hydrangeas. Make sure all the stems of the hydrangeas are submerged.
Keep an eye on the blooms and water. The blooms will continue to dry. If the water starts to get stagnant… you will smell it… replace it to the same water line. If you can just let the water evaporate.
Keep drying hydrangeas away from sunlight or they might bleach out.
When the hydrangeas are dry and crisp they are ready! They can be used to decorate and do not need any water!
Drying hydrangeas using this method will keep the color more vibrant and the heads less fragile than air drying.
Now find some hydrangeas and start d r y i n g!
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