How To Dry Hydrangeas

Want to make your hydrangeas really last? Dry your blooms and they'll keep for several years.

How To Dry Hydrangeas
Dry your hydrangea blooms to keep them for several years.
Photo: Ralph Lee Anderson

Editor's tip for drying hydrangeas: If using Method A or B, start with older flowers with petals that feel slightly papery.

A. In the Vase: Once you've created your centerpiece, let water evaporate from the vase, and hydrangeas will dry by themselves.

B. Upside Down: Secure small bunches of blooms with string, and hang them upside down in a cool, dark place for several weeks until dry.

C. On the Plant: Let the flowers dry on their own, and then cut them off. This occurs naturally in late July, August, and September.

D. Last Call: In late fall, cut brown blooms and lightly coat with a florist spray paint, such as Design Master, to create colorful blooms.