How to Dry Flowers & Herbs


There are several methods used for drying flowers. Those that require the use of desiccants such as borax or silica gel would not be appropriate for drying herbs which you intend to use as seasoning. There are also several ways to dry herbs, such as in a food dehydrator. Yet, a food dehydrator would be too harsh a method for drying flowers, which you would use in dry floral arrangements or craft projects. There is one drying method that would be appropriate for drying both flowers and herbs.

Step 1

Harvest plants in the morning, after the dew has evaporated. Select attractive, healthy looking flowers that aren't wilted. Select herbs that haven't flowered.

Step 2

Cut the flowers or herbs from the plant, leaving enough stem so they can be gathered into a bunch.

Step 3

Gather together a bunch of flowers or herbs, similar in appearance to a small bouquet of flowers.

Step 4

Tie a piece of twine or wrap a rubber band securely around the stems to secure the bunch.

Step 5

Hang the bunch of flowers or herbs upside down in a dry, warm, well-ventilated area, out of the direct sunlight. This might be from a doorway, a curtain rod, or a hook secured in the ceiling. A second piece of twine can be used to suspend the bunch. Leave for two to three weeks, or until the bunch is dry.

Things You'll Need

  • Gardening shears
  • Twine
  • Rubber band


  • North Carolina State University, Cooperative Extension Service: Harvesting and Preserving Herbs for the Home Gardener
  • University of Missouri Extension: Drying Flowers and Foliage for Arrangements
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About this Author

Ann Johnson was the editor of a community magazine in Southern California for more than 10 years and was an active real estate agent, specializing in commercial and residential properties. She has a Bachelors of Art degree in communications from California State University of Fullerton. Today she is a freelance writer and photographer, and part owner of an Arizona real estate company.