XOX Floral Taupo Flowers dried flower arrangements

The simple pleasure of hanging flowers to dry

As a sustainable florist, we are dried flower specialists. Read our tips on how to dry flowers so you can create stunning dried arrangements.

We thought it would be useful for us and for you to know what we’re picking and drying right now as well as what we’re using in our bouquets. We let the seasons inspire us, just like a good chef would, and we work with our growers to make the most of what’s in their garden. Because we don’t know exactly what is blooming in our growers garden’s, how many stems or what colours I leave it up to them to send us what they’ve got and that includes whether it’s got short, bendy or long stems. It’s always seemed the most sensible way to work, however I’ve since realised that’s not the way with most florists who prefer to have complete control over their flower ordering.

Never quite knowing what I’m going to get week to week has challenged me as a florist to use different flora and colours than I might otherwise have chosen. It’s helped me to create some beautiful work and changed my mind about certain flowers I didn’t think I liked – like sunflowers. The bronze Moulin Rouge variety is incredible! It leads to a better relationship with my growers and is exciting for me.

How to dry flowers

We find the easiest most effective method for drying is to hang the flowers in a dark, dry room with good ventilation.  With flowers remove most of the foliage so there is good airflow around the flower heads, tie the stems with a rubber band (as the stems will shrink as they dry) then hang the bunch upside down and leave them for a few weeks. 

For the big, heavy, hanging varieties of amaranthus, rather than hanging them upside down we like to place the stem in a tall vase and leave it to dry upright because we want the amaranthus trails to hang down as they naturally would, rather than drying in an unnatural upright position.

Flowers may only take a couple of weeks to dry in summer but a lot longer in Winter.

If you dont have the patience to dry your own flowers, check out our dried bouquets and arrangements available for purchase.

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