The Q&A Archives: Hydrangea Bloomdrying

Question: Is there a trick to drying the hydrangea blooms? Tried hanging them upside down, like for most other blossoms that dry, and they just wilt.

Answer: It's hard to keep hydrangea flowers from turning a grayish tan color after they've dried, but drying them is a snap. I cut the blooms with a long stem attached, remove the leaves, and place the stems in a tall container of water. Replace the water once a week so it doesn't get stale or slimy. In 2-3 weeks the stems will stop taking up water and the flowers will slowly begin to dry. At that point you can dump the water out, but leave the stems in the container in an upright position. The stems will eventually dry out, as well, and you'll have perfectly preserved hydrangea blooms. If you want to try adding glycerine to the water (available at pharmacies), the petals will take on a pliable feel and a plump look. Best wishes with your project!

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