Looking for ways to preserve a special bouquet or flowers from your garden? Learn how to dry flowers like a pro with these simple tips.
Choose flowers that are in their peak condition, with no signs of wilting or damage. The best time to harvest flowers for drying is in the morning after the dew has evaporated but before the sun is too hot.
Remove all of the leaves from the stems.
Group a small number of flowers together and tie them in small bunches to ensure even drying. Secure the stems together with a rubber band or string, leaving enough space between each flower to allow for good airflow.
Attach to a stick, hanger, or drying rack.
Then hang to dry in a well-ventilated, dry, dark space for 3-4 weeks. Be patient and resist the urge to check on them too often, as disturbing the bundles could disrupt the drying process.
After a couple of weeks, carefully inspect the flowers to see if they are completely dry and papery to the touch. If there is any remaining moisture, return them to their hanging position for more time.
Once the flowers are thoroughly dry, remove them from the bundles and gently brush off any loose petals or debris. Store the dried flowers in airtight containers or use them to create stunning dried floral arrangements for various purposes, such as home decor or crafts.