Drying Berries

Josh(z8a)June 30, 2002

Just thought I'd mention drying berries which can be beautiful in fall/winter arrangements of dried or fresh material. Most dry well just by removing all foliage and standing stems in a jar (no water!). It's a little early but I've already got Blueberries (in the still pink/green state) picked, and later I'll pick Nandina berries in the green, then later a few in the yellowy-bronze state. I've had good luck with the Nandina even after berries turn red.

Another is Bayberry which is a lovely steely-grey color. (Just have to beat the birds to it!) And Pyracantha berries are easily dried,too, either green or after they turn red. I've even picked Poke-Sally (Phytolacca) in the green-berry stage with its deep red stems.

Anyone else's experiments with berries? jo

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Hi Josh

Carrion berries in the wild dry pretty well, but there is a problem sometimes with moths laying eggs inside so they are sort of a pain but I guess well worth it. They retain their dark blue color for quite some time.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2002 at 11:34PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
pinecone(East Texas)

Nandina ~~I dry when red for Christmas.
I was just wondering if the East Texas Blueberry would dry good. It is a hybrid. Produced to grow in the hot heat!! It does not have the taste that you find in the ones up North. But it is better than none!!

    Bookmark   July 4, 2002 at 10:30PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Pinecone, I'd think your Blueberries would dry fine...try a small branch and see. The immature/unripe almost always dry easily as they are still hard & firm. I like the varying colors from green thru pink to blue of each little cluster.

Also the red foliage in Fall is among the best foliage for drying. Doesn't yours have great scarlet color? jo

    Bookmark   July 5, 2002 at 7:37AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
newfiepaws(Zone 6A MA)

I know this may seem obvious, but can you use only berries that are not yet ripe? Also, when you dry berries, do you cut them in half first? Thanks.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2002 at 8:41AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Sharon, I don't cut the berries in half. This suggestion was not for "pressed" berries,but rather for berries remaining on the stem to be just stuck in a ceramic pot or added to an arrangement of dried grasses for instance.

The unripened berries usually do well, remaining firm and hanging on the twig. Sometimes the very ripe berries will fall off, or in the case of some berries, be too soft & mushy...just won't dry well. You can either pick them off yourself or just wait til they fall on their own. On most shrubs I've mentioned above in my first posting, the Blueberry and Pokesally berries are the main ones that the ripe berries don't dry well.

I forgot about Viburnum berries ...those might be a possibility, too. jo

    Bookmark   July 7, 2002 at 10:34AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
corbeau(z7 DC)

I've decided to dry porcelain berries that I found on a walk today. Any advice? The berries are so beautiful I figure they would look great in an arrangement.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2004 at 6:15PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Corbeau, I've seen the Porcelain Vine berries used often in fresh arrangements but haven't had access to them to try drying. (Once I saw a huge swath of them down the center of a table at the Museum...I was awfully tempted but my friend restrained me...lol) They are beautiful and certainly worth a try. I'd just experiment by standing in a vase with no water and see how they do. Let us know the results. jo

    Bookmark   October 25, 2004 at 4:20AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
sylky00(z6 KY)

Josh, I'm glad you brought up the subject of berries-they add so much to arrangements,& are beautiful on their own.
You don't often see information about drying them.
I've seen Callicarpa mentioned before, in addition to the ones in the posts above. I dried some Hypericum berries from the florist last fall; they turned black, but stayed firm & attached to the stem.

    Bookmark   October 25, 2004 at 6:56PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I tried Callicarpa several years ago, but to be honest, although I admire the color in the garden it really didn't mix well with my indoor colors. Probably if it dried well I passed it along to a friend...just don't remember how it turned out.

I've read that Hypericum berries dry well. I honestly try about everything...including seedpods of the Castoroil plant (Ricinus) and Sweetgum balls still on treelimb..I love how they dangle! If I had a veggie garden I'd let my leeks and onions go to seed for the seedheads and my okra dry on the stems for arrangements. It's an addiction! josh

    Bookmark   October 25, 2004 at 11:10PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
White Spots and Lines on my Catharanthus Roseus Flowers
Hi I have transplanted many catharanthus roseus flowers...
Can I Re-color Pressed Flower?
So I have this school project to make something using...
preserving large amaryllis flowers
How can I preserve large amaryllis flowers & stalks?...
Drying Hibiscus flowers
A friend gave us some hibiscus flower tea. The dried...
Lee Valley Flower Press
Has anyone tried the Lee Valley Microwave Press Kit?...
Sponsored Products
Lakeland Mills Chairs Patio Furniture Tete-a-Tete Patio Chairs and Table CFU129
Home Depot
Chelsea Home Furniture Hayden Accent Chair - Colorfield Leaf - FS452-CL
$639.99 | Hayneedle
Presto Dehydro Electric Dehydrator TC
Verona Persimmon Quilt Set
$69.99 | zulily
Fringed Cashmere Throw - FLORET (SOFTPINK)
$399.90 | Horchow
Ravella Crochet Aqua Rectangular 5 Ft. x 8 Ft. Rug
$305.50 | Bellacor
Calhoun Leather Loveseat - Brighton Ciment Gray
Joybird Furniture
Indoor Area Rug: Kumana Brown 5' x 7' 6"
Home Depot
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™