Drying Hydrangea Blooms

drying hydrangea blooms

Annabelle hydrangea blooms drying in a vase.

Paula is harvesting and drying hydrangea blooms. She cuts Annabelle blossoms as they lose their white coloration (they turn greenish), strips off the leaves, and places them in a vase with an inch of water. Be sure to harvest them before the blooms become discolored and brown. This also works with the other hydrangea blooms that are beginning to dry on the plant. Discard blooms that wilt in the vase (they were too fresh).
Paula makes a point of harvesting dozens of hydrangea blooms and stores them in empty vases or even tied together and hung in the basement. Then, for the holidays, she has great material for wreaths and arrangements and gifts.

Mike Rushing

Mike and Paula Rushing have been gardening in St. Clair county since 1990, and In Forest Park since 2007. A Jefferson County Master Gardener and course instructor at Master Gardening classes, Mike also volunteers weekly at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

2 thoughts on “Drying Hydrangea Blooms

  1. Hello Mike! Great meeting you at last night’s BBG pruning class. I’ve been enjoying your posts on FB and will, as you suggested, go to the full site. You guys are filling a need and I’m glad you’re out there. Will be sharing with my clients. Thanks!

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