Properly dried flowers can persist for years after harvesting. For this reason, they are often referred to as everlastings or immortelles. Although, there are several ways to dry flowers, we like the traditional method the best. Many plants retain their shape and sometimes even color when dried naturally. So, how is this done? It’s rather simple actually. You secure the stalks with twine or rubber bands, hang upside-down, and store in a dark, yet well ventilated area. You will want to create a very low humidity area and the heads should be staggered to promote air flow. The drying period depends on the material and where and when it was harvested. Most materials will take a few weeks to fully dry. Fruits, like most berries, and plants with high water content have historically been left for the spring and summer seasons as they are not as durable once dried.
Although many plants and flowers are able to be dried, some work better than others. For example, roses and peonies dry wonderfully and keep their shape where are lilies tend to be more fragile and fall apart. We love working with magnolia, eucalyptus, and other similar types of greenery because they are so complimented while dry as well as fresh. Wheat and other grasses, pods, such as poppy, all work very well dry. Flowers can take a different, unique, shape that is so magnificent when dried, however, when it comes to white flowers they tend to not keep their color well.
If this process is unavailable to you, not to worry, we have an entire wall in our studio dedicated to drying flowers. Many of the products we create using this method are available here, as well as our fresh bloom products and works of art. Wild Blossoms Studio Shop