Drying Statice Flowers

Overview

Drying flowers is a easy way to prolong the enjoyment of the color and beauty of summer flowers, and the papery blooms of the statice plant makes statice an ideal candidate. With its vivid colors, statice works well in swags and wreaths, and is often used as a filler in dried flower arrangements. Cut fresh statice on a warm, dry day.

Step 1

Cut statice in late morning, as soon as the morning dew has evaporated. Use sharp scissors or garden shears to avoid tearing the stems. Cut the healthiest blooms you can find, as any flaws will be more apparent after the statice has dried.

Step 2

Remove the leaves from the stems. Gather the statice into bundles of 8 to 10 blooms and tie the bottom of the stems loosely together with string or a rubber band. Don't bind the stems tightly, as they can break.

Step 3

Hang the statice bundles upside down from a hook or nail in a warm, dry area. Be sure the room has good air circulation. Allow the statice to dry until the blooms are completely dry, which will take a week or two, depending on the temperature in the room and the moisture content in the statice blooms.

Step 4

Store the statice in a cardboard box with a tightly-fitting lid. Don't store more than two layers of statice in the same box. Put a piece of white tissue paper between the layers. If the statice will be stored for an extended length of time, use an airtight plastic container to protect the blooms from insects.

Things You'll Need

  • Sharp scissors or garden shears
  • String or rubber band
  • Hook or nail
  • Cardboard box with lid or airtight plastic container
  • White tissue paper

References

  • Alabama Cooperative Extension: Drying and Preserving Flowers and Plant Materials for Decorative Use
  • North Dakota State University: Methods of Preserving Flowers
Keywords: statice flowers, dry statice, dried flower arrangements

About this Author

M.H. Dyer is a long-time writer, editor and proofreader. She has been a contributor to the East-Oregonian Newspaper and See Jane Run magazine, and is author of a memoir, “The Tumbleweed Chronicles, a Sideways Look at Life." She holds an Master of Fine Arts from National University, San Diego.