Peonies are a staple in many flower gardens. With their large lovely blooms they make a splash yearly. Native to areas all over the world, peonies grow well in a variety of conditions and are hardy between USDA zones 2 and 8. Peonies also have fragrant blossoms. If you love this flower and want to enjoy it year-round, it is a good idea to dry peonies. Drying peonies is quite simple if you know what you are doing.
Cut peonies for drying when they are at their prime. The petals should be fully open and the peony should be free of any imperfections. You can also pick peonies that are almost fully bloomed to dry. Cut the peonies off at the stems, leaving about 6 or 7 inches of stem with the flower.
Cut all other foliage off of the peonies besides the flowers and the stems. This will make them easier to dry and make the flowers stand out more in a dried bouquet.
Gather about 6 or 7 peonies together and place a rubber band around their stems. Repeat this step with all of the peonies you are going to dry. Drying them in clumps is easier than drying them alone.
Hang the clumps from hangers. Tie the clumps of peonies to the hanger with the string. Hang two clumps per hanger, one at each end, so they will balance each other.
Hang the peony-laden hangers in a dark room with good air circulation. This will ensure the flowers retain most of their color by avoiding sun contact and that they dry well. In a dry climate it will take about a week for the peonies to dry. In a humid climate it might take three to four weeks for them to dry.