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How to Dry a Hydrangea the Easy Way

How to Dry a Hydrangea the Easy Way

September 19, 2020 11 Comments

Looking for ways to dry your hydrangea blooms? With a few methods out there, there is one method I use All. The. Time.

Why?

Because it’s the easiest. And I’m sharing it with you today.

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Drying Hydrangeas

How to Dry a Hydrangea the Easy Way

As we head into fall, the growing season will start winding down. Learning how to dry a hydrangea is a great way to preserve your garden during the winter months and add beautiful decor to your home.

  • Allow the blooms to dry naturally on the plants (typically in August through October). They are ready when the petals look a little more vintage than bright and the flowers might feel a little papery.
  • Find some pretty blooms that meet this criteria and cut about 12-18″ long if you can. Cut them at varying heights. It helps with the drying process when grouped together.
  • Remove all the leaves from the stems.
  • Grab a few glass jars or vases. I love to use mason jars for drying hydrangeas.
  • Fill each jar with about 2-3″ of water.
  • To dry hydrangeas well, don’t overcrowd the blooms in the jars so the get enough air circulation.

As the water evaporates, the hydrangea blooms will start naturally drying. And that’s it!

Drying hydrangea flowers could not be any easier.

How to Dry a Hydrangea the Easy Way

How to Dry a Hydrangea the Easy Way

How to Dry a Hydrangea the Easy Way

Dried hydrangeas look great in home decor, wreaths, bouquets and other craft projects. For best results, keep them out of direct light and humidity.

How to Dry a Hydrangea the Easy Way

Once dry, they will make great hydrangea centerpieces. I have a few ideas for the vintage toolbox I’ve been using in my dining room.

Rustic Farmhouse Fall Home Tour

Want to Learn More About Hydrangeas?

For some decorating ideas with hydrangeas, stop by my good friend Ann’s home Dabbling and Decorating where she shows how she styles hydrangeas in some of cool vintage finds.

Dabbling and Decorating

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Stacy Ling

Stacy Ling is a master gardener who loves home decor and creating beautiful spaces. She provides easy-to-follow, easy-to-do garden, home decor, lifestyle & DIY inspo.

11 Comments

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    Ann

    September 19, 2020

    Stacy thank you so much for including me in your beautiful post today๐Ÿฅฐ

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      Stacy Ling

      September 19, 2020

      You are welcome! I love how you decorated with those hydrangea blooms! I’m on the hunt for new vessels today at some antique stores! Woohoo!

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    Wanda

    September 19, 2020

    Hi Stacy, I have only one hydrangea plant,and it is in a pot, Ian afraid to put it in the ground because of the gofers, do you think it would be safe to put it in the ground and if so, when would be the best time to separate them and transplant them?
    I live on the central coast of CA.. in Salinas, in Monterey County. I am not sure of the zone.
    Thank you
    Wanda henson

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      Stacy Ling

      September 19, 2020

      Hi Wanda! Have gophers damaged your hydrangeas before? I have a resident groundog who eats my other plants but leaves my hydrangeas alone.

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    Carol Karl

    September 20, 2020

    I love hydrangeas. They are one of my favourite flowers. Thanks for sharing all your tips.

    • Reply

      Stacy Ling

      September 21, 2020

      Mine too! Thank you Carol! Enjoy your day!

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    Juliet

    September 21, 2020

    Stacy – you have no idea how timely this is! We’ve been renovating our gardens and just planted many hydrangeas. I love hydrangeas and I’m looking forward to extending the joy by drying them so they can be used year round. I appreciate all the reference links too … I’ll be heading down this rabbit hole and will soon be a hydrangea mama extraordinaire! xo

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      Stacy Ling

      September 22, 2020

      Hydrangeas are so much fun! Last year my area had a huge problem with lack of blooms so that prompted the hydrangea series. I love drying them too! I just found a cool vintage crate this weekend for these as soon as they are dry! xoxo

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    Linda

    September 26, 2020

    I love fresh and dry hydrangeas. I always let them dry on the plant, but never thought to bring a bunch inside. Such a great idea!

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    Linda Johnston

    September 26, 2020

    This. is a new way for me. I think I may have a few blossoms left to try to try them.

    • Reply

      Stacy Ling

      September 27, 2020

      I’m so glad to hear Linda! Mine are fully dry now. Yay!

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