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What are the best ways to dry hydrangea flowers?

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The best ways to dry hydrangea flowers are to use the water method or to hang them upside down. While microwaving and silica gel are two other common methods, they involve more elaborate processes while failing to yield any significant advantages.

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What are the best ways to dry hydrangea flowers?
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No matter which method is used, the best way to start is to cut each flower, leaving a stem between 12 and 18 inches in length. The precise length does not matter; the important factor is the ease of handling. After cutting the flowers, the next step is to take all of the leaves off the stems.

Using the water method involves setting the hydrangeas into a vase with enough fresh water to cover at least the bottom half of the stems. Moving the vase into a cool, dry location away from direct sunlight starts the drying process. The water slowly evaporates from the vase, and the hydrangeas simply dry naturally. When the water is gone, the hydrangeas should feel dry.

The hanging method involves turning the blossoms upside down and hanging them by their stems. The problem with this method is that the blossoms end up being a bit more brittle than those dried in water. No matter what method is used, the color should stay consistent for about a year before beginning to fade.

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