How To Dry Flowers
Dried flowers are interesting aspects of flower arranging. In this video, a florist will tell you all about drying red roses and hydrangeas for example, from when to pick them up, to how to use them.
I'm going to show you how to dry flowers. In particular, I'm going to show how to dry roses and hydrangea. Now, when you want to dry flowers, it's best to look at the colour and observe the colour because flowers which are the true primary colours such as this brilliant orange and this bright pink, they would declass while the colour would remain and drain to us.
If you're going to dry something that is dark like this dark red rose, it will go darker. If you have something that's very pale, it will go lighter, so that the best ones to give a good show colour are the ones close to the primary. To do this, I am going to take the orange because I think this is going to dry just heavenly and I've got some that I've dried earlier.
With the roses, you want to take off the majority of the leaves. I prepared this earlier and I do like the softening effect of the leaves around the flowers. It's almost as if you've taken all the leaves off the road so it's slightly undressed.
But here, I'm going to just take with my hands there and if there are any sharp thorns, I'd remove those as well. Let's just take that one off as well and then I'm going hold them together in the hand and stagger them slightly so they are at little lengths and I cut them short, really short. The stems aren't that attractive and if you're hanging them up to dry, you'll find that it would be more attractive if you've got the flowering head showing rather than the long length of stem.
So, I then take twine. Twine is one fold because it doesn't slip. One of the best thing, believe it or not, for keeping the stems in place is to use tights or stockings once of course, you've put a lather in them, cut them into strips because they expand and contract and they are the ideal thing for hanging up if you've not got any twine.
So I just take this short length, wrap it a couple of times around the stems and you should always try with roses. Don't do more than ten at a time, ideally, because they need air to circulate around them and another tip is make sure that you can see every petal of the rose. If it's too tight, because when it's dry, they will actually dry smaller, so if you've got it so that the peak of perfection when you dry them, you'll have a fine dried flower.
And then just like that, you can hook it over a hook or you can hang it at the back of the door and it would dry beautifully. The better the air circulation, the drier the air, the better that they would dry. So, don't put them in a damp airing cabin, don't put them into the basement which has no heating, just in somewhere where the air can circulate nicely.
So, that is how you would dry roses. I'm then going to show you how to dry hydrangea. To dry hydrangea, you need to pick them at the latest part of the year, so in October and November are ideal.
That's when they're firm to the touch. I like to do it in the following way I find that you have the best results. You want it to dry very slowly.
The slower is actually dries, the smoother the little petals will be once dry. So, I just take some foam that I have soaked in water and I've added a very shallow reservoir of water. I cut the stem at an angle and place in the foam and I ignore it.
That's what all you need to do because it will absorb the water and then dry very slowly and in a few weeks time, the will the most perfect dried hydrangea. But hurry the process and they'll all go very wrinkly. And if you do it early in the year, they'll just go limp and die before it's dried.
So, there you are. That's how to dry roses and hydrangeas – two of the easiest and most popular flowers to dry and it will last you for months to come. .