Hydrangeas dry: 4 tips to preserve the flowers

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We can not get enough of the beauty of the opulent hydrangea flowers in summer. Anyone who still wants to enjoy them after the flowering season can simply dry the flowers of his hydrangea.

From white to pink to blue: In July and August, the flowers of hydrangeas (Hydrangea) shine in the most beautiful colors. Above all, peasant hydrangeas (Hydrangea macrophylla) with their lush, ball-shaped inflorescences are a pretty eye-catcher in the garden. Through targeted drying, you can preserve their fragile beauty into the autumn and winter months. There are many techniques for drying hydrangeas. We introduce you to four proven methods. The dried inflorescences not only cut a good figure in the vase individually, but can also be wonderfully incorporated into bouquets and arrangements.

Cut off flowers correctly

When cutting hydrangeas, it is important to keep an eye on the right time. The flowers should have already reached the peak of their flowering. Then they show a particularly strong coloring. To keep them longer, they should also have a certain strength. If possible, trim the flowers on a dry day in the morning as soon as the dew has evaporated. A stem length of 15 to 20 centimeters is usually optimal. Beware of peasant hydrangeas: Do not put the pruner too low, otherwise you may cut off a fresh shoot with buds for the next year. With panicle hydrangeas and ball hydrangeas, there is no danger, as they only develop their flowers on newly-grown wood in the spring.

Cut hydrangeas to dry

Cut the flowers that you want to dry in the morning on a dry day

Tip 1: Dry hydrangeas in the vase

Hydrangeas can easily be dried in a vase with a little water. Place the cut hydrangea stems in a jar that is about two to three inches thick with water and place it in a breezy, dark place. Gradually the water evaporates and the hydrangeas begin to dry. Wait until the flowers feel like parchment and appear slightly crumpled. This type of drying succeeds without much effort within less than a week. Even if the hydrangeas lose their color quickly, they can then be used excellently as a decorative element.

Dry hydrangeas in vase

Hydrangeas can also be dried in a vase of water placed in a dark and airy place

Tip 2: Dry hydrangea hanging

Hanging upside down prevents the flowers from bending or sagging due to gravity. If you want to hydrate head-up in the air, you should already choose slightly dried flowers. Once they feel paper like, they are cut off. Then remove the leaves leaving only stems and flowers. The ideal place to dry is a boiler room or attic that is dry, airy and dark. Stretch a string and attach the individual inflorescences with a clothespin. Once the flowers crackle from dryness, you can lose weight.

Tip 3: Keep hydrangeas with glycerin stable

In order to maintain the color and smooth texture of the flowers, the use of glycerine (available in pharmacies or drugstores) is recommended. Make a solution of two parts of water and one part of glycerin, for example, 200 milliliters of water and 100 milliliters of glycerol. Cut the stems of the hydrangeas at an angle and place them in the solution. The hydrangeas absorb the glycerine water, transport it to the flowers and store it there in the cells. While the water evaporates in a few days, the glycerin is preserved and conserves the flowers. The beauty: the flowers still feel soft and supple after the process and the color remains very well preserved for up to two years.

Tip 4: Dry hydrangeas with silica gel

The bright colors of hydrangeas can also be preserved by drying with silica gel (pebble gel). In addition to the powdered silica gel (available at the garden center, craft shops or drugstores), you will need a hermetically sealable container that fits into each flower. Lightly cover the bottom of the container with silica gel, hold a flower ball in the reverse direction and fill it up with extra powder. Once the flower is completely covered, the container is closed. After three to five days, the hydrangea is preserved and you can empty the container. You can use the silica gel several times. A cheaper alternative is using cat litter or washing powder. Make sure the grains are very fine and do not clump.

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