how to dry hydrangea

Hydrangea are one of the most popular summer flowers.  They put on quite a show during their peek and we all want a way to enjoy them well past the summer months. Taking a lesson from P. Allen Smith, here are 3 easy steps to enjoy these beautiful blooms well past their summer prime.

  1. Leave the hydrangea on the stem until they have come to complete maturity. They will, most often, start to turn a pink/green shade and their leaves will become more paper-like rather than feeling like a soft petal. When this happens, it is time to cut your hydrangea from the bush. Do so at an angle with sharp clippers.  Leave about 14-18″ of stem for the drying process.
how to dry hydrangea
how to dry hydrangea

2. Using a hammer, gently smash the bottom of each stem to help aid the hydrangea in absorbing the water and glycerin.

how to dry hydrangea

3. Mix 2 parts water to 1 part glycerin. Glycerin can be found at your local pharmacy or grocery store. As the hydrangea absorbs the glycerin, it will begin to turn a golden brown. The blooms may continue to turn a richer brown days after all the liquid has been absorbed.

how to dry hydrangea

It may take a week for the hydrangea to absorb all the liquid, but once it does you are left with a gorgeous bouquet of dried hydrangea with varying shades of brown, that almost look like copper!

how to dry hydrangea