drying hydrangeas - Knowledgebase Question

louisville, Ke
Question by saraterrellr
November 10, 2009
I still have hydrangeas on my plants. What is the best way to dry them? Also, will it hurt to cut some of the stems? They have some beautiful leaves I would like to dry also. Thanks for your help. Sara in Lou. ky.

Answer from NGA
November 10, 2009


Hydrangeas are easy to air dry. Simply cut the flowers, stems and all, and set them in a vase in your house. they will retain their color as they slowly dry. Leaves are a little different. They will turn a deep green and will be fragile. I'd press them by laying each on a few pieces of tissue paper (to absorb moisture) and pressing them between the pages of a heavy book or even a telephone book. They will dry in 3-4 weeks. Enjoy your hydrangeas!

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