How To Preserve Hydrangeas With Hairspray

A fantastic technique to keep fresh flowers on display in a home is to dry hydrangeas. Drying flowers—specifically, hydrangeas—is done to eliminate all moisture from the flower petals and stem in order to preserve the bloom for an extended period of time. This can be accomplished by hanging the flowers upside down, putting hairspray on them, or letting the flowers dry naturally. Hydrangeas benefit from drying since it keeps their original color while also protecting the flower petals.

Water drying is a straightforward technique for hydrangea drying. The flowers must be in a vase that is half filled with water in order to use the water approach. Place the vase away from direct sunlight and in a cool place. Till the water starts to evaporate, let the vase stand without touching the flowers. The hydrangeas will have dried naturally when the water level drops.

Spraying the flower petals with hairspray is another simple technique for drying hydrangeas that makes use of a product that many people already have at home. Spray hairspray all over the hydrangeas using either an aerosol can or a pump. Tie the flower stems together to form a bouquet, then place the bouquet in a dry place, like a closet, to dry and become crisp to the touch.

Prepare the Flowers

Although it may seem contradictory to use water to dry flowers, hydrangeas benefit from a gentle desiccation process that keeps their color and shape (even the stems end up sturdier when dried this way).

Using a pair of pruning shears, cut each blossom on the angled side, leaving a stem length of between 12 and 18 inches. Take off every leaf from the stalk.

Place the Cut Flowers in Water

After that, arrange your freshly cut flowers in a vase, fill it about halfway with water, and set it aside in a cool location away from the sun. Keep in mind that hydrangea dry best when given room to “breathe,” so take care not to overcrowd your vase with stems.

Allow the vase’s water to totally dry out. After this procedure, which typically lasts two to three weeks, your hydrangeas should feel dry to the touch and the stems should simply snap off. They are now prepared for use.

Use Your Dried Hydrangeas

Your dried hydrangeas can be displayed in a variety of artistic ways. Although they look lovely on their own in a vase, you can also incorporate them into seasonal wreaths or use them in window boxes with other dried flowers. Getting hitched in the autumn? Even your bridal floral arrangements can incorporate them.

How can hydrangeas be dried without falling apart?

Examine the cut flowers well before bringing them inside and remove any pests, such mites or aphids. To prevent knocking any flower petals off, do this gently.

By gripping each leaf and snapping it hard downward, you can easily remove all of the leaves from the stems. While leaves could be interesting, they don’t dry out and retain their color and shape, unlike hydrangea blooms, which do. They typically wilt and turn brown instead. Only leave the hydrangea blossoms on the stalks for the best results.

Use pliers if you have them to crush the stem ends before moving on to the next step. A mallet, the edge of a can, or another hard object are other options.

STEP 5: Place the cut flowers in a vase of water.

Put your selections in a vase with a few inches of water, position it somewhere with adequate airflow and out of direct sunlight to dry the flowers. The water merely prevents the hydrangeas from drying out too rapidly and turning brown; it does not rehydrate them. Don’t place the flowers in direct sunlight as this might cause them to fade and develop a yellowish hue. Instead, utilize a gentle breeze from a window to assist the flowers dry evenly.

Check the blossoms of the cut hydrangeas once the water has evaporated; they should feel dry and papery. If so, the drying procedure is finished. Repeat the technique with an additional inch of water in the vase if they’re still a little flexible.

How are cut hydrangeas preserved?

Bring a pail of fresh water with you when you go into the garden to trim the hydrangea blooms. Place the flowers in the water as soon as they are cut. Older flowers are better for cut hydrangea blossoms since younger flowers may be harder to keep moist. The flowers should spend several hours resting in water in a cool location before arranging.

Additional post-harvest practices are often used by florists and gardeners to lessen the possibility of wilt. The practice of dipping the stem of the hydrangea in boiling water or putting the stem of the hydrangea in alum are two ways to keep hydrangeas fresh.

One of the most common ways to stop wilt is to soak cut hydrangeas in alum. The spice or baking section of most supermarkets will have alum. Simply dunk a tiny portion of the hydrangea stem in the alum powder after cutting it, then place the bloom in a vase. It is anticipated that this procedure will facilitate the intake of water by the blooms.

Many advise putting the hydrangea stem in hot water after cutting if using alum is not a possibility. Spend around 30 seconds submerging the stem’s bottom inch (2.5 cm) in water. The flower should then be taken out and put in a vase with fresh water. Since hydrangeas are poisonous, never perform this method in kitchen containers.

Many hydrangea blooms can be resurrected with a thorough soak if they continue to wilt. To do this, put the flower heads inside a clean bucket that has been filled with water. After letting the flowers soak for a few hours, take them and put them in a vase. The increased water should completely revive the hydrangea blossoms’ freshness.

How are hydrangeas dried and preserved?

Put the flowers in a vase with an inch or two of water, and remove all of the leaves off the stem (or at least the portion of the stem that will be immersed). Place the vase away from direct sunlight in a cool location. The water in the vase will aid in slowing the drying process, which will improve the preservation of the bloom. They will be fully dried and endure forever once the water has been removed.

The preserved hydrangea heads can be touched to determine how dry they are. They must feel like paper.

Due to the fragility of dried hydrangea flowers, it is frequently preferable to make your craft or dried flower arrangement before they dry. With this hydrangea wreath, I did exactly that. I used partially dried flowers to make the wreath, then I let the door dry completely. View the wreath’s instructions here.

How long does it take for hydrangeas to dry out?

You may appreciate the blossoms’ timeless beauty all year long by drying them. Vase drying and silica drying are the two basic techniques for hydrangea flower drying. Silica drying results in more bright color, whereas vase drying is simpler and less expensive. Use the vase-drying technique, which results in blossoms with vintage colours, to keep things straightforward.

Timing is Everything

The key to success is knowing when to cut hydrangea blossoms for drying. Even though you might be tempted to cut blossoms off the plant as they reach their height of color, it’s crucial to let flowers start drying on the plant. The petals of the flowers will start to feel papery and change colors after they have graced your garden for a few weeks. Depending on the environment and soil pH, oakleaf hydrangeas like TaraTM take on traces of coral or rose, and big-leaf hydrangeas like Dear DoloresTM pick up hints of purple, burgundy, or turquoise. It’s time to grab the pruners when you see colors changing and petals becoming less flexible.

Making the Cut

After the dew on the petals has dried in the morning, trim the stems. Cut stems at an angle with sharp shears or pruners, leaving 12 to 18 inches of stem. Cut the leaves off the cuttings, then put them in a bucket of water. Picky because cuttingdrying brings out flaws in the blooms. Select the nicest flowers to dry and leave the others for the garden to enjoy.

Arrange in Vases of Water

What, we dry flowers with water? Even though it might seem counterproductive, drying hydrangeas in water-filled containers helps keep their color. Put cuttings in vases or other transparent containers and add water until the stem is immersed by a few inches. Don’t pack the vases too tightly. Each bloom needs space to keep an open form and adequate airflow to dry. To give each flower enough room, try staggering the stem lengths.

Allow to Dry

Put containers in different rooms of your house so you may enjoy them while they dry. Keep the flowers away from direct sunshine, though. As the flowers dry, let the water naturally evaporate from the containers. Drying time for blooms can be two weeks or longer. If the water in the vase has evaporated but the flowers have not yet dried, you can add extra water.

When the stem snaps easily and the petals feel stiff, the dried flowers are ready to be used. Simple vases filled with dried hydrangeas, wreaths made of dried hydrangeas, and window boxes decorated with dried hydrangeas all look charming. They are ideal for our flexible Golden Rings tabletop setup as well.

Do you use hairspray on dried hydrangeas?

Yes, I am aware that using water to dry hydrangeas seems a little backwards, but I assure you that it is the simplest method. Thus, this is what you do:

  • Cut:
  • Cut the quantity of hydrangeas you intend to dry or incorporate into your current cut flower design.
  • Make them 12 to 18 long. Once I get all the stems together, I normally make the initial cut longer than that and depending on where it would preserve the shrub in good condition.
  • De-Leaf:
  • Simply move your hand down the stem, pulling off the leaves as you go, by grasping it at the top just below the bloom. I suppose you could go up, but if you do, you run the risk of picking up too much speed and damaging the bloom as well.
  • I frequently conduct my de-leafing in the garden, leaving the leaves to act as natural compost in my beds. If you do it inside, though, stripping your stems directly over a garbage can will make cleanup much simpler.
  • Fill a vase with:
  • Simply arrange your hydrangeas like you would any other flower arrangement, which will require some trial and error in placement if you want to enjoy them before they dry—I don’t know why you wouldn’t.
  • I typically hold each stalk in one hand while moving the others such that the flowers with the straightest upward faces are in the center and the smaller and/or droopier ones are on the sides. I then make my final selection, keeping them all at the same level, after gauging their height in relation to the vase.
  • The bottoms of your stems should then be pounded with a hammer to aid in their water absorption, however I’ve never tried it; feel free to.
  • Just before placing flowers in the vase, I twist tie or rubber band the stems to secure them in place.
  • Adjust the arrangement of the blossoms after placing them in a tall vase strong enough to hold the length of the stems.
  • Insert Water:
  • I’d advise adding the water before the flowers if your faucet doesn’t extend with a hose. Do it either way if you have one of those posh faucets.
  • Usually, I would fill the vase about half and three quarters full, making sure that all of the stems were submerged completely.
  • Dry:
  • You might have to keep adding water until the flowers are completely dry, depending on how the blooms were when you started the drying process. If not, I’ve seen that they wilt and then dry wilted, which isn’t very attractive.
  • Therefore, maintain watering if the flowers are still quite supple. You can stop watering them once they have dried out and feel and look like paper.
  • You can enjoy your lovely dried flower arrangement for many years once a few weeks have passed. On our mantel, we really have a pair that has been there for about 9 years.
  • Spray:
  • When your hydrangeas are completely dry, mist them with hairspray aerosol (sorry, aerosol spray just works better than the pump spray kind…it just does).
  • I used to believe that this was done to coat the blooms in order to keep their color for a little while longer. But now I believe it’s only to keep the florets together, making it less likely that they will fall off when you brush up against them and make a big mess.

What is the shelf life of dried hydrangea flowers?

Beautiful Hydrangea Arrangements: 30 30 Pictures Utilize your dried hydrangea flowers for crafts like wreaths, bouquets, and vases. They ought to survive forever if kept away from direct light and moisture.