How Do You dry Hydranga?

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  1. Jewell

    Jewell Incorrigible Gardener Plants Contributor

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    The hydrangea are pretty cool looking this fall and I was thinking of cutting some for drying but have been very unsuccessful in the past. What would you suggest. Below are two of the three varieties.

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    toni Mistress of Garden Junque Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    I don't grow them but one method I read about a while ago is to cut them from the plant just as they reach their peak, remove all the leaves and place them in a container of water that reaches about half way the length of the stem. As the water evaporates they will dry out and retain their color.
     
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    Jewell Incorrigible Gardener Plants Contributor

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    I'll give it a try today Toni. Thanks!
     
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    purpleinopp Young Pine Plants Contributor

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    I've never done anything more involved than cutting off the flower heads when they are the color that I want to preserve. I had a jar of gorgeous Hydrangea petals for about 15 yrs before they finally faded so much that I threw them out.
     
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