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The Simple Way to Dry Hydrangea Flowers and Keep Their Color

Hydrangeas are a beautiful shrub with an old-fashioned appeal, yet they fit into the modern garden seamlessly. Possibly the best thing about hydrangeas is you can enjoy your lovely blooms indefinitely. Here’s how to dry hydrangeas so they keep their color.

How to dry hydrangea flowers and retain their color

With so many varieties, colors, and even bloom shapes, you’d easily be able to find a hydrangea that suits your garden (as long as you are lucky enough to have the right climate, of course!). You can enjoy them both on and off the plant too! This is the simple method that I use to dry hydrangea flowers and keep their hue.

Dried Hydrangea Colors

Of course, you won’t retain the same vivid color that you have on the plant while it’s growing in the garden. The color that you can achieve on a dried hydrangea is more of a muted set of greens, grays, blues, pinks, and purples that looks beautiful when displayed together.

The other thing to note is that the climate and temperature that the hydrangea shrub is growing in will affect how much color is retained in the dried flower. It’s not a perfect system, but what is when we’re talking about the climate and weather? Ideally, you are looking for a healthy plant that has been grown in appropriate conditions. You can read more about that in the Essential Guide to Hydrangeas.

Did you know you can easily change your hydrangea’s blooms from pink to blue (or vice versa)? Here’s how you can make your hydrangea change color.

When to Cut Hydrangeas for Drying

Mother nature and plant care aside, timing when you cut the blooms is the most important factor that you can control. If you leave the hydrangea heads to dry on the shrub they can lose all of their color. If you cut the blooms too early they can wilt (as opposed to dry with the petals retaining their shape).

How to dry hydrangea flowers to keep color

In order to retain the most color, you will need to let flowers partially dry on the shrub first. Depending on when your plant blooms, you should start checking on the flowers mid-way through the bloom time. The color will be fading but they will still hold most of their shape, and they will start to take on a papery feel. Try cutting hydrangea blooms when there is still some color remaining to get a dried flower with color that lasts.

How to preserve hydrangea flowers

How to Dry Hydrangea Flowers

Remove all of the leaves from the stem (or at least the part of the stem that will be submerged) and put the flowers in a vase with an inch or two of water. Place the vase in a cool area, away from direct sunlight. The water in the vase will help to slow the drying process; the bloom will preserve better with a slower transition. Once the water is gone, they will be completely dried and will last indefinitely.

The easy way to dry hydrangea flowers to keep color: place stems in a jar of water

You can touch the preserved hydrangea heads to see how dry they are. They should feel papery.

A dried hydrangea flower with its color preserved

Dry hydrangea flowers are very delicate, so it is often better to create your craft or dried flower arrangement before they dry. That’s precisely what I did with this hydrangea wreath. I made the wreath with partially dried blooms and allowed the drying process to finish on the front door! See how to make the wreath here.

Dried Hydrangea Wreath DIY

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  1. I found the snails that are in shells on my hydraenga leaves. Went looking after I noticed leaves had a haphazard arrangement of holes. Hope this helps

  2. Do you put anything on them once they are dry to prevent the flowers from falling off and becoming weak?

        • I love Hydrangea Annabelle, the pale green colored ones.
          Before i dry them i wrap a twist tie around underneath the blooms so the petals stay close together after they are dried. (You can’t see the twist ties so you may leave them there). They look then more like they were when they were blooming. I hang them up-side down to dry. After i arrange them i spray them with cheap hairspray.


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