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How to Dry Grasses

By Nannette Richford
Dry Grasses

Ornamental grasses are magnificent in dried flower arrangements and are a wonderful addition to nature crafts. Growing your own grasses will provide you will an abundant supply to meet your decorating needs. Before you can use them, you will need to dry them first. Follow these steps to dry your own ornamental grass.

Select well-shaped and healthy specimens for drying. These are best picked in the afternoon after all traces of dew has dried.

Choose grasses that have closed or partially opened seeds. These will maintain their shape better.

Secure bundles of grass with an elastic band. Although you can use string, the rubber band provides a tight grasp and will shrink with the stems should they shrink in drying.

Hang up-side-down in a cool dry area for a week or more. The size and texture of the grass will determine drying time.

Remove the elastic band and use the dried grass in flower arrangements or other projects.


Things You Will Need

  • Ornamental Grass
  • Rubber Bands
  • Cool Dry Area


  • Use hairspray on tiny delicate seed heads to prevent seeds from spilling out while drying.

About the Author


Nannette Richford is an avid gardener, teacher and nature enthusiast with more than four years' experience in online writing. Richford holds a Bachelor of Science in secondary education from the University of Maine Orono and certifications in teaching 7-12 English, K-8 General Elementary and Birth to age 5.