14th August 2020

Fierce Blooms

It’s a Good Idea to Dry Flowers

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CCreator of FierceBlooms, a sustainable seasonal florist who's cutting garden is nestled beside a historic canal in rural Cheshire, Kathryn Cronin, gives her tips for drying flowers.

As a grower of flowers, we want to use every single stem we grow, as each flower is a precious investment of land, time and energy. That is why I love drying flowers. Although we do leave some of our flowers for the bees and butterflies, we want to use them in the most sustainable way and drying is a perfect way to preserve them for a long lasting use. I also love the look and texture of a dried plant and often mix dry with fresh flowers in to achieve a unique wild garden look. You always see both in nature so, why not in floral design.

Any and all flowers are potential candidates for drying. What matters most is the stage you pick them and how you dry them. Stems cut for drying need to be seriously good quality. If you want colour, then wait for the colour to be fully out in the flower. I have very red tulips petals that have kept their red from the Spring. Drying is never going to rescue a flower that is past its best.

Some Good flowers to dry:
Currently, I am drying alchemilla mollis, artemisia, grasses, and helichrysum that we grow specifically for the purpose of drying. Alliums and seeds heads are brilliant too, and things like crocosmia and nigella, anything that has a beautiful architectural shape really.

 

What you will need:
My best advice is to experiment with anything and everything. You don’t need any special equipment to dry flowers. Rubber bands, string and somewhere you can hang them from to dry are the essentials for drying flowers. Oh, and storage. They do take space to store.

 

Method for drying:

  • Pick any time of day but preferably when the stem has been dried by the sun. Midday is ideal.
  • Condition the flower stem by hydrating in water as you would normally do to use it fresh. 3 – 4 hours is fine for this purpose. This may seem counterintuitive as you are ultimately wanting to it to dry, however, you want to dry the stem flowering in the best possible condition you can.
  • Avoid bunching too many stems together as when too many stems are close together, they have a greater risk of rotting. I usually tie in x10s but for larger heads, x2 or x5.
  • Tie the stems with a rubber band. If you tie with string, one morning you will find them on the floor as the stems will have shrunk as they dry over time.
  • Always hang them in a dry dark airy place, then once dry (takes days to weeks depending on the plant), I wrap them in newspaper and store in boxes.

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Fierce Blooms, founded by Kathryn Cronin, is a sustainable seasonal florist who's cutting garden is nestled beside a historic canal in rural Cheshire. She creates wild garden style floral designs including bespoke bouquets, uniquely different flower crowns, buttonholes and floral installations for weddings in Cheshire and the surrounding counties.

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