Properly dried flowers can last for years after harvesting. For this reason, they are often referred to as everlastings or immortelles. Although, there are several ways to dry flowers, I prefer the traditional method the most. Many plants retain their shape and sometimes even color when dried naturally. How is this done? It’s actually rather simple. You secure the stalks with twine or rubber bands, hang them upside-down, and store in a dark, yet well ventilated area. You’ll 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, including most berries, and plants with high water content are not as durable once dried so they are best left to enjoy fresh during the spring and summer.
Although many plants and flowers are suitable to dry, some work better than others. For example, roses and peonies dry wonderfully and keep their shape where as lilies tend to be more fragile and fall apart. Some of my favorites to work with are magnolia, eucalyptus, and other similar types of greenery because they are so wonderful dried and fresh. Wheat and other grasses, along with various pods, also dry very well. Flowers can take on a different, unique, shape that is so magnificent when dried. It is important to note that white flowers don’t keep their color very well and often fade to hues of beige or brown.
I have an entire wall in my studio dedicated to drying flowers. Many of the products I create using this method are available for purchase in my shop alongside my fresh bloom products and works of art: Wild Blossoms Studio Shop