How to Dry Fragrant Flowers


Fresh flowers can be a joy to have displayed in a vase in your home. Exceptionally fragrant flowers not only make your house smell nice, but also can be used in dry arrangements or potpourri mixes. To dry fragrant flowers you don't need hardly any supplies and it is an easy process so long as you have a good area in your home with good ventilation. Once your flowers are fully dry, you will be able to work with them immediately or store for a later date.

Step 1

Clip your flowers six to eight inches below the bloom just before the peak of flowering to capture the most fragrance. Good fragrant flowers to collect for drying are roses, dahlias, lavender, peonies, lilies of the valley, jasmine and gardenias.

Step 2

Bring together four to six flowers with the stems pulled together at the bottom. Loop a rubber band around the base of the stems about an inch from the cut ends. Make the loop tight enough to hold the stems securely without crushing them.

Step 3

Hang the bunch of flowers upside down from a nail or hook in a warm, dry area of your home away from direct sunlight where there are few fluctuations in temperature and humidity. If left undisturbed the petals will dry in place rather than drop off.

Step 4

Leave the flowers to dry completely for three to four weeks. Larger bloom flowers and/or multi-petal flowers make take longer so check them for inner dryness before taking them down by looking as far inside the bloom as you can. The dry petals become a dulled down color, so vibrant color inside the flower will signal the flowers aren't yet dry.

Step 5

Take the bouquet of dried flowers down once they are fully dry and either clip the flower heads from the stem or leave them intact depending on your preference and need for the flowers. Be careful as you handle the flowers as too much jostling can knock the petals off. Store any flowers not immediately used in a shoebox in a warm, dry area of your home.

Things You'll Need

  • Sharp knife or pruners
  • Rubber band
  • Shoebox


  • "Gifts With Heart"; Mary Beth Sammons and Susannah Seton; 2002
  • "Beautiful Home On a Budget"; Emilie Barnes & Yoli Brogger; 1998
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Margaret Telsch-Williams is a freelance, fiction, and poetry writer from the Blue Ridge mountains. When not writing articles for Demand Studios, she works for as a contributor and podcast co-host.