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How to Dry Flowers

Enjoy the fruits of your flower garden all year long. Here's how.

Ok, so the techniques you tried in the eighth grade weren’t super effective... Here are a few tips to get the job done right.

  • Colorful, compact flowers with strong stems and low moisture do best. Hydrangeas or roses are perfect options.
  • Get the cut right. Snip your flowers as soon as they begin to bloom (it’s fine if some of the blooms are still partly unopened). Cut the flowers mid-morning on a breezy day, after the dew has dried off. This keeps them from getting damp, which would mean a longer drying time and a greater threat of mold developing on the flowers. Make your cut clean and angled, and keep as much of the stem as you can.
  • Dry your flowers in a room that’s dry, cool, and well-ventilated, say, a big closet. Keep the light low because too much of it will dull the color. Make bunches about one and a half inches thick at the stem and tie them with a rubber band.
  • Hang the bouquets upside down from a drying rack (or anything else that works). Place a drop cloth or waste basket beneath the flowers for any petals or leaves that might fall.
  • Walk away. They’ll take about 10 to 20 days to dry completely. Once they’re ready, continue to keep them out of direct sunlight so the color doesn’t fade.

-- The Nest Editors

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