How to Dry Dandelion Flowers

Overview

Many adults view the dandelion as a lawn invading, pesky yellow flowered weed. Children are more tolerant toward the dandelion and enjoy sending the fuzzy seeds of its flower head into the breeze with a puff of air. The dandelion was not always viewed as a weed and it was the early colonists who originally brought the plant to America from Europe. Young dandelion leaves can be used in salads or cooked as a side dish, and wine can be made from the flowers. The flowers are also dried, and used in craft projects.

Air Drying

Step 1

Set up a clothes line in a warm, dark, dry area with good circulation. This might involve attaching one end of a clothesline to an object on one side of the room, and the other end of the clothesline to an object on the other side of the room, keeping the line taunt and parallel to the floor.

Step 2

Cut the flowers from the plant, leaving as much stem as possible.

Step 3

Attach each flower stem to the clothesline with a clothespin, so that the flower head is hanging upside down. It will take about 2 to 3 weeks to dry.

Desiccants

Step 1

Cut the flowers from the plant, leaving only an inch of stem on each flower.

Step 2

Pour desiccant material into a box, about an inch deep and level. Desiccant material might be silica gel, or an equal mix of borax and white cornmeal. If using silica gel, choose a box with an airtight lid.

Step 3

Plant each flower in the desiccant material, stem first.

Step 4

Cover the flower head completely with desiccant material. Either spoon some of the nearby material in the box over the flower heads or add more material.

Step 5

Cover the box with an airtight lid if using silica gel. If using the borax mixture, leave the box uncovered.

Step 6

Store the box in a warm and dry location. It will take about 3 to 8 days if using silica gel, and 2 to 3 weeks if using the borax mixture. If the flowers are removed too soon they will droop, and if left too long, they will become brittle.

Things You'll Need

  • Clothesline
  • Clothespins
  • Desiccant
  • Box or box with lid

References

  • University of Missouri Extension: Drying Flowers and Foliage for Arrangements
  • AgriLife: Drying Flowers
  • "World Book,D"; Dandelion; 1990
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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.