Anyone dried lace cap hydrangeas?

kmickleson(z9 CA)July 13, 2010

I've been researching the varied methods of how to dry hydrangeas. I'll be trying the 'water' method later on. But I'm wondering if anyone has tried drying lace caps. When I cut them for vase flowers, they drop a lot of bits from the center (can't recall the term), and I'm curious what happens to all that if you dry them.

Any experience out there?

Thanks,

Karen

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EGO45(6bCT)

You may dry them, but they should be cut off of the shrub in a 'red stage' meaning outer, sterile petals should be already semi-dry and show red undersides.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2010 at 11:09PM
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tsmith2579(7B)

Try glycerin. Put glycerin in a vase and put the lacecap blooms in the water. They don't get dry and stiff but are still soft and pliable. I have tried lacecap but I'll bet the dropping garbage problem will be solved. You can cut them at any stage after the blooms are open.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2010 at 9:44PM
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kmickleson(z9 CA)

Thanks for your replies.

Tsmith2579: do you mean mixing glycerin with the water? If so, I've never dealt with it--does glycerin come in liquid form, or crystals or what? Something you buy in the drugstore or crafts store?

What proportion of glycerin to water? I like the sound of this method as it apparently doesn't require waiting till Fall like ego's method does (and like I've read in other places).

Thanks,
Karen

    Bookmark   July 18, 2010 at 12:18AM
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kmickleson(z9 CA)

Thanks for your replies.

Tsmith2579: do you mean mixing glycerin with the water? If so, I've never dealt with it--does glycerin come in liquid form, or crystals or what? Something you buy in the drugstore or crafts store?

What proportion of glycerin to water? I like the sound of this method as it apparently doesn't require waiting till Fall like ego's method does (and like I've read in other places).

Thanks,
Karen

    Bookmark   July 18, 2010 at 1:40PM
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Hydrangea729(6A Ohio)

I have a 'Nachtigall' in a container meaning that I can manipulate its light exposure (and its pH). Being able to give a plant enough shade is essential for getting successful dried blooms on the plant. I usually take them off before they go too green (maybe late August). Her blooms hold color extremely well and I have several 1yr+ blooms with strong blue coloration underneath, greenish-blue above. Beautiful.

    Bookmark   May 27, 2011 at 10:45AM
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