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Anyone dried lace cap hydrangeas?

Posted by kmickleson z9 CA (My Page) on
Tue, Jul 13, 10 at 22:09

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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RE: Anyone dried lace cap hydrangeas?

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.


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RE: Anyone dried lace cap hydrangeas?

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.


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RE: Anyone dried lace cap hydrangeas?

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


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RE: Anyone dried lace cap hydrangeas?

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


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RE: Anyone dried lace cap hydrangeas?

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.


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