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Sunday, May 29, 2011


I love hydrangeas and I especially love them after they are preserved.  I have found a tried and true method of drying them.  There are several ways which this can be done.  I never had much luck with air drying them...removing the leaves along the stem bundling 5 or 6 of them together and hanging them in a cool, dry place.  Or, drying them upright in a vase with a few inches of water, out of direct sunlight waiting until the water has evaporated then adding more water, repeating the process until you feel the blooms are sufficiently dry.

The method I prefer and had very good luck with was with glycerin and water. This process makes the blooms more soft and supple to the touch, and it helps to preserve the shape of the bloom longer.

By following these easy steps you will have a gorgeous dried hydrangea:

1.  Gather the hydrangeas blooms keeping in mind that the length of the stems
     need to be about 18 inches or under and while it is tempting to try to dry
     those full, lushly colored hydrangea blooms mid-summer, it is best to allow
     them to mature on the shrub before you cut them.  Fresh blooms tend to wilt
     and turn brown ( this is what happened to me, bummer)!

2.  You can tell that they are ready because as they age, they will turn either
     green/pink in warm climates, or blue/purple in colder areas, and their texture
     is paper-like rather than soft.  (I should have taken a photo of how they look
     when they are picked too early)  Cut the stems at a right angle and crush the
     ends with a hammer.  This will help with the uptake of the solution.

3.  In a vase mix a solution of 2 parts water and 1 part glycerin.  You can find
    glycerin at Walmart in the pharmacy or your local pharmacy.  Now the way this
    works is that the water and the glycerin are drawn through the stem of the
    plant and the water evaporates through the petals leaving the glycerin.  Glycerin
    will turn the petals a rich, golden brown which is a more natural look but you
    can add a small drop of dye to the solution.  Add your hydrangeas to the vase
    and in two to three weeks you will have a beautiful bouquet of summer
    hydrangeas to enjoy through the fall and winter.

Info from: P. Allen Smith Garden Home-edibles Berry, The Berry family of nurseries.


  1. Hi Kris! Very useful post. Thanks!
    Yes I am a greek living in Norway for quite a while now- I moved here because of love : ) and I love this country! Is just beautiful! You should visist Norway some time. It `s worth it : )

  2. I just love hydrangeas. What a great way to preserve them. I will give it a try.

  3. I love hydrangeas and have a yard full of them. I'm saving these instructions and drying some this year. I say I will every year and time gets away and i didn't really know how. Thanks for the tips. Mona

  4. Dear Kris,
    thank you for this useful tip. Anyhow I will try it one day. I also love hydrangeas especially in white and pale pink colour. Two years ago I planted a hydrangea in the garden, but unfortunately the colour has changed to the blue colour. It is a pity! Even so I let it grow.
    Have a nice day!
    Warm regards,

    P.S. Dear Kris, is it you on the picture above on the right side? You are very nice!


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