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Dry Hydrangea Blooms for Indoor Winter Arrangements

By rocklady
April 25, 2012

Dry your hydrangea blooms for a winter arrangement. Cut the blooms when they are fully mature, leaving a stem. Pull all the leaves off the stem and place stems in a vase -- no water, and the hydrangea bloom will soon dry and can be used in an arrangement.

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Name: Polly Kinsman
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PollyK
Apr 25, 2012 7:27 AM CST
I do that with my paniculatas and then spray paint them with craft store paint. Lots of fun.

Price a stem in the store sometime. I think it's cheaper to buy a shrub, LOL.

Nice tip. Thanks!
Name: Mary Stella
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Oberon46
Apr 25, 2012 9:11 AM CST
I wonder if that would work with rhodies. Probably not as they have bigger petals not conducive to drying - at least not prettily.
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tarev
Apr 25, 2012 3:21 PM CST
A friend of ours does similarly with roses, she hangs them upside down to dry and sprays them or just bundles them up later for a nice dried decor. Smiling
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DEMinPA
Apr 25, 2012 5:18 PM CST
I do that with my PeeGee hydrangeas every year.


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rocklady
Apr 25, 2012 6:01 PM CST
Love your arrangement, Don. Tarev, haven't tried that with roses, but since my old fashioned ones are blooming this year, perhaps I will try that, too! Polly, what kind of spray do you use? Mary, I don't know about rhodies, but I was astounded when a friend told me how simple it is to dry hydrangeas! Because I am a bit obsessed with my epis, when they bloom, I save the dried blooms and make an arrangement out of them.
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PollyK
Apr 25, 2012 6:24 PM CST
Jean, I just use the paint spray from a craft store.
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canadanna
Apr 26, 2012 6:54 AM CST
I will try this with my oakleafs
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Name: Horseshoe Griffin
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Horseshoe
Jul 11, 2013 5:39 PM CST
Good tip, rocklady!

I dried loads of them last year for a friend of mine who uses them for her holiday wreaths. I had so many I ended up stringing them upside down in my tool shed (fairly dark) then threw some reemay over them to keep the dust off as they dried. They came out great!

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