Drying Hydrangea Blooms - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Marie
Lake Ronkonkoma, NY
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Question by msusa01
August 19, 1999
I would like to dry my beautiful blue hydrangeas. When is the best time to pick the flowers for drying? Should I hang them in the basement or hang they in my attic? Should I use glycerine?

Answer from NGA
August 19, 1999
To dry hydrangeas successfully, harvest the flower clusters after they have started to stiffen and lose color. Cut them on a dry, sunny day, leaving ample stems. Strip the foliage from the stalks. Hang individual clusters upside-down in the dark, well-ventilated area. Drying requires two to three weeks.

The color will fade on your flowers when they are dry. I've seen them sprayed with gold paint and they look very attractive.

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