Air Drying Flowers
Do you have flowers in your garden or in a bouquet that you’d like to dry? Here are a few handy tips to help you do just that.
From your garden-
It’s always best to harvest your flowers in the late morning when the dew has dried and before the heat of the day. Pick flowers that are not quite mature, they will continue to open during the drying process and younger flowers tend to be more sturdy. Also, flowers that are more mature tend to lose some of their petals while drying.
Now that you have your flowers make small bunches, removing two thirds of the foliage from the stem. Rubber bands work great to hold the bunches together. Don’t put too many flowers in each bunch, there needs to be as much air circulation as possible so the flowers don’t get moldy from their own moisture.
Pick a dry, dark spot in your house to hang them, such as your attic or garage. The most important thing is that there is enough air circulation. The reason you want to try and find a spot that is dark or without direct light is so the color doesn’t fade from direct sunlight. Closets are often suggested, but they don’t provide enough air movement for successful drying. Space your bunches a few inches apart, cup hooks or nails work just fine and if you need some space from the rafters just tie a length of jute to the rubber band and hang to give your bunch more head room.
It usually takes about two to three weeks for the bunches to dry and then you are all set to use them in an arrangement or wreath.