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How to Dry Geraniums

By Alicia Bodine ; Updated September 21, 2017
Geraniums have vibrant colors.
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Geraniums come in such a wide variety of colors. According to the University of Minnesota, these colors include pink, lavender, red, white, fuchsia, and even bi-colors. It is easy to pick fresh geraniums during the summer months and display them on your dining room table, but fresh geraniums are not available during the winter months. Fortunately, you can pick some colorful geraniums from your flower garden just before the first frost and dry them out. The flowers can then be displayed during the winter months.

Cut the geraniums you want to dry with a pair of garden scissors before the first frost occurs. Geraniums will begin to go dormant after the first frost.

Lay your geraniums on a sheet of newspaper and remove any leaves you see from the stem. Leaves take longer to dry so it is best to remove them.

Bundle together three to five geranium stems and tie them with a piece of twine near the bottom of the stems. Leave an extra 6 inches of twine to be used in Step 4.

Hold your geranium bundles upside down and tie the extra twine to the bottom of a coat hanger.

Hang the coat hanger in a closet or other dark dry place.

Wait three weeks for the geraniums to dry out completely, and then spray them with a coating of hair spray. This will add an extra layer of protection for your dried-out geraniums.


Things You Will Need

  • Gardening scissors
  • Newspaper
  • Twine
  • Coat hangers
  • Hair spray


  • If you don't have twine you can use yarn, or a piece of string.

About the Author


Alicia Bodine has been a professional writer for 13 years. She has produced thousands of articles for online publications such as Demand Studios, GoBankingRates and WiseGeek. Bodine is passionate about gardening, travel, education and finance. She has received awards for being a top content producer.