The Secret Tip for Drying Hydrangeas

Hi friends!  I sure have missed chatting with you here on the blog lately!  I hope you are all doing well and if any of you happen to be in Houston or Florida, please know that I have been praying for you all.  I have been super busy getting to know my new kindergartners and getting our four kiddos off to school as well as gearing up for Fall.

I also thought you might be missing me and that it might be fun to share with you all my secret tip for drying hydrangeas! 😉

I have always loved hydrangeas.  If you have been following along with me here on the blog or over on Instagram and Facebook, you know that I love to use dried hydrangeas in my home.  I especially love Annabelle Hydrangeas and we have three bushes currently in our yard.  They grow beautifully here in Colorado!

My love of flowers and gardening comes from my grandmother and my mother and I have learned so much from these amazing women in my life.  One such tip is how to dry hydrangeas so you can use them long after their season is over.

Are you curious about the secret?

Well it’s simple.  Make sure you cut the hydrangeas when they are full and ready. This is the most important tip!


If you cut them too soon they will still be holding too much water and shrivel up rather than dry beautifully.  The prime time to cut, specifically Annabelle hydrangeas, is when they turn from white to bright green. This is at the end of their season and depending on where you live happens in late August -October.  My number one rule is if they are white, it is too early!


Once you have cut them make sure to strip all leaves from the stems and also leave the stems long for easy handling and arranging. It is best to keep them out of direct sunlight while they are drying.

You have two options:

1. You can place them in vases with about 4 inches of water and then let the water naturally evaporate. (This method seems to allow the bright green color of the petals to last longer.)

2. You can also just leave them out of water and they will naturally dry themselves without any work from you!  Mine are currently drying in this gorgeous large French basket. Also, feel free to snip the little brown petals off if you like!

That’s it!  Simple, right?!  Now they are ready to use around your home for any season you see fit.  I love them in the spring and the fall. This is just one of the many reasons why I love these flowers.  Their ability to dry on their own and serve as decor throughout the different seasons long after their blooming season is over is hard to beat!

I hope you found this secret tip helpful!  If you have any other tips and tricks to share with me or questions please leave them in the comments below!  Also, if you want to see how else I have been using dried hydrangeas in my decor, you can visit me over on Instagram where I share pictures more often!


Have a lovely week my friends!




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8 comments on “The Secret Tip for Drying Hydrangeas

  1. What great tips!! I’ll be trying this out!

  2. I love them Kelly, and I have dried them as too, even those that do not hold their color well, can add that beautiful texture to my fall arrangements. Can’t beat them.. Plus the added benefit.. of.. you already grow them.. they are free! Thanks for the tips.

  3. I love this! I still have some that you gave me last year and they are looking great.

  4. They’re so gorgeous Kelly!! What a great post! Thanks for all the tips!!

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