Drying flowers is an easy way to preserve their beauty. They can then be used for dried flower arrangements, wreaths, potpourri, and other decorating projects. Drying them is as simple as gathering your flowers and hanging them upside down or laying them on a flat surface. The flower heads can also be pressed flat with some heavy books.
Here are some tips for drying flowers:
- The best time to collect flowers from the garden is in the morning when the dew has evaporated.
- Remove unnecessary foliage. If drying roses, remove the thorns to make handling easier.
- Choose flowers that are not completely open, but are not quite mature. Flowers that are too mature will lose their petals in the drying process. Avoid flowers with brown edges or wilted petals.
- Dry the flowers in a cool, dark, dry place to avoid mold. Make sure there is enough air circulating the flowers. If drying a variety of flowers, arrange the flowers heads at different levels to improve air flow.
- A fan in the room can speed up the process.
- Smaller bunches of flowers will dry faster than larger ones. Drying time will vary, anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, depending on the variety. When the flowers are completely dry, the petals will be crisp in texture and the leaves will be dry and brittle.
- Some flowers will dry better than others. Flowers with a high water content don’t do well.
A List of Some Flowers that Dry Well:
- Bachelor’s Button
- Globe Thistle
To keep your dried flowers looking their best, keep them out of direct sunlight to retain their colour. Also keep them away from drafts and heat vent. And don’t forget to dust them from time to time!