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How to Dry Marigold Flowers

By Kathryn Hatter ; Updated September 21, 2017

Marigold flowers are attractive annuals that many gardeners use as colorful borders and accents in a landscape. Instead of limiting the marigold beauty to only the summer, some gardeners enjoy drying the blooms for dried floral arrangements and other crafting projects. Drying marigold flowers is an easy process that will take only minutes to begin. Once the flowers are prepared, all you need to do is wait for the blooms to finish drying.

Trim the marigolds at the peak of bloom in the morning after any dew has dried. Cut the marigolds at the base of the stems just above the soil level.

Place four to six marigold stems together and secure them tightly with a rubber band. The stems will shrink as the marigolds dry, so it is important that the rubber band be tight around the stems so it will keep the stems secure as they get smaller.

Choose a drying location that is warm and has low humidity. The location must have good air circulation and should not have any direct sunlight. Screw a hook into the ceiling of this location.

Tie a 10-inch length of twine around the rubber band and use the twine to hang the bunch of marigolds upside down from the hook.

Refrain from disturbing or touching the marigolds while they hang to dry.

Wait for two to four weeks for the marigolds to dry completely. The marigolds are sufficiently dry when the stems shrink and the petals of the marigolds are dry to the touch.

Take the hanging marigolds down from the hooks and remove the rubber bands. Use the dried marigolds in dried floral arrangements or in wreaths and garlands.


Things You Will Need

  • Pruning shears
  • Rubber bands
  • Screw-in hook
  • Twine
  • Scissors

About the Author


Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.