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How to Dry Geraniums

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Overview

Geraniums come in such a wide variety of colors. According to the University of Minnesota, these colors include pink, lavender, red, white, fuchsia, and even bi-colors. It is easy to pick fresh geraniums during the summer months and display them on your dining room table, but fresh geraniums are not available during the winter months. Fortunately, you can pick some colorful geraniums from your flower garden just before the first frost and dry them out. The flowers can then be displayed during the winter months.

Step 1

Cut the geraniums you want to dry with a pair of garden scissors before the first frost occurs. Geraniums will begin to go dormant after the first frost.

Step 2

Lay your geraniums on a sheet of newspaper and remove any leaves you see from the stem. Leaves take longer to dry so it is best to remove them.

Step 3

Bundle together three to five geranium stems and tie them with a piece of twine near the bottom of the stems. Leave an extra 6 inches of twine to be used in Step 4.

Step 4

Hold your geranium bundles upside down and tie the extra twine to the bottom of a coat hanger.

Step 5

Hang the coat hanger in a closet or other dark dry place.

Step 6

Wait three weeks for the geraniums to dry out completely, and then spray them with a coating of hair spray. This will add an extra layer of protection for your dried-out geraniums.

Things You'll Need

  • Gardening scissors
  • Newspaper
  • Twine
  • Coat hangers
  • Hair spray

References

  • ProFlowers: How to Dry Flowers
  • University of Minnesota: Outdoor-Indoor Geranium Culture
Keywords: drying geraniums, preserving geraniums, drying flowers

About this Author

Alicia Bodine has been a professional writer for six years. She has produced thousands of articles for online publications such as Demand Studios, Bright Hub, Associated Content and WiseGeek. Bodine is also the current cooking guru for LifeTips. She has received awards for being a top content producer.