Drying flowers and herbs

Drying flowers and herbs – Herbs can be crushed and stored, flowers can be left hanging as decoration or used to make dried arrangements.

September 20, 2015 | | Blogs | Leisure | The Flower Farm

As some of you may know, the Flower Farm was originally founded as a fresh and dried cut flower operation. We grew thousands of plants in our front field and invited customers in to pick their own as well as selling ready cut fresh and dried bouquets. Over the years, our priorities changed as our family and businesses grew, but I still am asked for advice on drying flowers and herbs. Here are a few tips to get you started:

Varieties: Various annuals, perennials and herb varieties can be dried.
My favourites include the following:

Love Lies Bleeding
Ladies Mantle
Sea Holly
Sweet Annie
Globe Thistle
  1. Harvesting: All harvesting should take place when the plants are dry from dew or rain. Cut the stems when they are at their best or just before. Trim the very bottom leaves straight into the garden. Take into a cool place to bunch for hanging.
  2. Drying: Choose a warm, dry location with good air flow and out of direct sunlight. A garden shed is great in the summer, but ensure that you bring your harvest into the house before the weather starts getting cold and wet in the fall. Divide the stems into small bunches and fasten tightly with rubber bands. The bunches will shrink as they dry. Hang with string or split each bunch & put over wire. Clothes hangers also work well for hanging. Bunches are dry when the end of the stems break like a dry twig.
  3. Storage: Herbs can be crushed and stored in airtight containers for cooking. Flowers can be left hanging as decoration or of course used to make dried arrangements and crafts. With time, expect flowers to fade.


About the Author More by Katie Dawson

Katie Dawson and husband Chris Martin own the Cut and Dried Flower Farm, a family owned greenhouse business located close to Glencairn, Ontario.

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