How to Dry Marigold Flowers


Marigold flowers are attractive annuals that many gardeners use as colorful borders and accents in a landscape. Instead of limiting the marigold beauty to only the summer, some gardeners enjoy drying the blooms for dried floral arrangements and other crafting projects. Drying marigold flowers is an easy process that will take only minutes to begin. Once the flowers are prepared, all you need to do is wait for the blooms to finish drying.

Step 1

Trim the marigolds at the peak of bloom in the morning after any dew has dried. Cut the marigolds at the base of the stems just above the soil level.

Step 2

Place four to six marigold stems together and secure them tightly with a rubber band. The stems will shrink as the marigolds dry, so it is important that the rubber band be tight around the stems so it will keep the stems secure as they get smaller.

Step 3

Choose a drying location that is warm and has low humidity. The location must have good air circulation and should not have any direct sunlight. Screw a hook into the ceiling of this location.

Step 4

Tie a 10-inch length of twine around the rubber band and use the twine to hang the bunch of marigolds upside down from the hook.

Step 5

Refrain from disturbing or touching the marigolds while they hang to dry.

Step 6

Wait for two to four weeks for the marigolds to dry completely. The marigolds are sufficiently dry when the stems shrink and the petals of the marigolds are dry to the touch.

Step 7

Take the hanging marigolds down from the hooks and remove the rubber bands. Use the dried marigolds in dried floral arrangements or in wreaths and garlands.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears
  • Rubber bands
  • Screw-in hook
  • Twine
  • Scissors


  • University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture
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Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator and regular contributor to "Natural News." She is an accomplished gardener, seamstress, quilter, crocheter, painter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator and she enjoys technical and computer gadgets. Hatter's Internet publications specialize in natural health and she plans to continue her formal education in the health field, focusing on nursing.