How to Dry Your Statice Flowers

Overview

With its clusters of tiny flowers atop long, airy stems, statice flowers are perfectly suited for dried arrangements or wreaths. Statice can easily be air dried, and the bright blooms will hold their color well. Always start with the healthiest blooms you can find. If you grow your own statice, pick statice, along with long stems, on a sunny afternoon when the moisture content of the statice is naturally low.

Step 1

Choose statice at the height of its color. Use sharp garden shears to harvest statice before the blooms have fully opened, because the blooms will continue to open after they've been cut. Dry statice as soon as possibly after harvesting.

Step 2

Strip the leaves from the statice, and tie the statice together in loose bunches of six to 10 blooms. To tie the statice, use a rubber band and attach the statice snugly a few inches from the stem ends.

Step 3

Attach the bunch of statice to a metal hook or a wire hanger, and hang the statice upside down in a dark, well-ventilated, warm place until the blooms dry. Check the statice daily. When the statice is dry, the leaves and flowers will be brittle. Drying can take three to six weeks, depending on the humidity and ventilation in the room.

Step 4

Put the dry statice in a vase, or leave it hanging upside down until you're ready to use it. Dried statice can also be stored in boxes lined with white tissue paper. Store the dry statice in layers with tissue paper between each layer, but avoid storing more than three layers per box.

Things You'll Need

  • Fresh statice
  • Sharp garden shears
  • Rubber band
  • Metal hook or wire hanger
  • Vase
  • Cardboard box (optional)
  • White tissue paper (optional)

References

  • University of Georgia: How to Dry Flowers
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension: What You Need to Know
  • West Virginia University: Preserving Flowers for Year-round Use
Keywords: statice flowers, dry statice, statice blooms

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.