How to dry Hydrangeas? Let me show you how easy it is to dry these beautiful flowers. You can enjoy them after the summer months have ended.
My last Hydrangea blooms for the season were cut yesterday. Here in Maryland, we can cut Hydrangeas into late September. I was fortunate to be able to get a few more blooms in early October.
I have two types of Hydrangeas in my yard; Lime Lights and Strawberry Sundaes. Honestly, the Lime Lights are my favorite and are perfect for drying.
cutting your blooms
I have found that the blooms are best to cut after changing colors. You only want to cut new blooms for fresh flower arrangements. New blooms will not dry well.
Try cutting the stems 8-12 inches. Next, remove the leaves while outside and give each of the blooms good but gentle shake to remove dead petals or bugs.
cleaning your blooms
It is a good idea to give our blooms a good rinse. In my yard, I have tiny little bugs and small spiders that love to hide in the blooms. With cold water gently rinse each of the blooms in your sink. Doing this process outside works well with a garden hose. The water will need to be turned water on lightly. You do not want to bust you blooms.
Let the blooms sit in the sink or a bucket to dry a bit.
Drying your hydrangeas
To dry the Hydrangeas, I will put them in a vase with about 2 inches of fresh water. The water will slowly evaporate. It’s that simple! You know that I am all about easy and simple projects.
Let the blooms dry naturally in the vase. You do not need to turn them upside down to dry. Just simply leave the alone.
enjoy your dried flowers
You can preserve your blooms with spraying some aerosol hair spray. I usually will skip this step. My garden has some many blooms that I tend to dry them each year. Now I would use the hair spray to preserve them if placing them in a wreath.
I use my blooms all over the house. They are perfect for the fall and into the winter months.
Did you see my furniture transformation project this week? Painted Furniture – Before and After, you will be surprised at the transformation of this item. It goes from boring to a piece of art.
Hope you have an amazing weekend!