Learn the secret for drying hydrangeas that will last for a long time. They will look great in wreaths, and vignettes all over your home.
Are you growing hydrangeas? If so, you will definitely love drying hydrangeas to save in a vase, or use in a wreath. The process is really very easy. I think most people would agree that hydrangeas are almost as beautiful dried as they are fresh.
They keep quite a long time once dried, as an everlasting bouquet, in wreaths and many other decorative projects.
How to Dry Hydrangeas
Timing. That's the key. If you cut hydrangeas too early in the season there is a good chance that they will wither quickly. Typically you want to wait until the end of the growing season around late August or later.
These flowers (above) are all getting ready to be cut for drying. They start to get a washed-out antique look. Some even feel dry to the touch.
All you need to do is take cut some with a good bit of stem, strip off all the leaves and place them in a bucket or vase with a little bit of water (one or two inches). After about a week, the water will evaporate and the flowers will dry in place. Pretty simple, huh?
This process works well with mophead hydrangeas and other varieties such as H. arborescens and H. paniculata. You could also dry them with silica gel but since they are so large I feel it's a lot harder and why spend the money when you can air dry them for free.
Decorating with Dried Hydrangeas
I have dried hydrangeas all over the place in my home. I've used them in centerpieces at the holidays, in wreaths, and some in vases. After a while they can get a little fragile and dusty, but did you know that you can dunk them in water to make them more pliable for use in a project. See my post on creating a square hydrangea wreath (above) where I used older dried hydrangea flowers.
While they seem fragile they actually last a long time. Drying hydrangea flowers is a great idea if you are growing them outside already. What not give it a try?