Beginner's Guide to Dried Flowers | Midwest Living

Beginner's Guide to Dried Flowers

Try these tips for drying flowers and making floral arrangements.

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Recommended Varieties

Want to grow some everlasting flowers of your own? These varieties are easy to grow and dry: celosia, globe amaranth, yarrow, strawflower, salvia and German statice. Although you can grow these flowers from seed, you may want to begin with young plants for faster starts.

Plant everlastings in well-drained soil. To encourage air circulation, place annuals such as salvia 12 inches apart and perennials such as yarrow 18 inches apart. All need full sun. Check plant labels for watering and fertilizing directions.

Growing and Harvesting Tips:

Celosia -- Some varieties have a dominant center head, which you should cut out by the end of July to en-courage branching and the growth of smaller flowers.

Globe amaranth -- Pick flowers before the heads start to elongate and before fall, when their color deteriorates.

Yarrow -- Flower heads need to be firm and tight so they'll dry well. The heads deteriorate quickly, so check their progress often.

Strawflower -- Pick blossoms once a week, as soon as the bottom row of petals opens. Place at the back of your garden, since the plant isn't pretty.

Salvia -- Pick the heads every 10 days just as they start to open, snapping them off with your fingers at a node where leaves meet the stem.

German statice -- Pick when the buds are almost open, usually in early July. If you see browning in the crotches of the branches, be sure to remove all of the growth above it.

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