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Video:How to Dry Flowers

with Marie Iannotti

You can prolong the enjoyment of your garden by drying the flowers to decorate your home. Learn how to dry flowers over time or using a speedier method.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Dry Flowers

Hi. I'm Marie Iannotti, your Guide to gardening on About.com. Drying flowers lets you prolong the enjoyment of your garden, and it's easy enough to be fun for all ages.

Dried Flower Materials

Here's what you'll need:
  • fresh cut flowers
  • rubber bands
  • paper clips
  • string or ceiling hooks
  • newspaper or a drop cloth
And if you're going for speed you'll also need:
  • a microwave
  • silica gel
  • an airtight plastic or glass container

Choosing Flowers to Dry

The trick to success in drying flowers, is to choose flowers that hold their shape and their color when dry, like these hydrangeas.

Methods for Drying Flowers

There are 3 basic ways to dry flowers:
  • Air drying
  • Air drying with the addition of a drying agent (like Silica Gel)
  • Combining the use of heat with your drying agent (like silica gel)

Air Dried Flowers

Air drying is the easiest method, but it's also the slowest. Cut fully to partially opened flowers with a length of stem attached. Remove all the leaves bundle together, fasten the stems with a rubber band, and add your opened paper clip through the rubber band. Then, suspend the bundles out of direct sunlight, so they don't fade, for about a week. The better the air circulation, the faster they'll dry.

Silica Gel Dried Flowers

To speed-up the process, you can use a drying agent, like silica gel. Carefully pack the silica gel granules around the flowers and store for 3 to 5 days in an air tight container.

Using Silica Gel With Heat

Or just place the open container of gel and flowers in the microwave for 2 to 3 minutes, depending on the type of flowers. Wait for the flowers to cool, remove from gel, and they're done!

If you keep your dried flowers out of strong sunlight and direct sources of heat, you'll be enjoying them for seasons to come.

Thanks for watching. For more on drying flowers, check out the About.com gardening website at gardening.about.com.
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