Easy tips on how to dry sunflowers that will keep forever. Sunflowers are easy to dry and preserve that can be used to make beautiful fall wreaths, or used in dried bouquet arrangements.
Grown for their beautiful large yellow, orange and even red petals that bloom from summer to autumn. Sunflowers make excellent cut flowers but with just a few easy tips you can learn how to dry sunflowers.
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Growing Sunflowers to Dry and Preserve
Very few flowers say “summer” like the Sunflower. They grow extremely well here in Missouri. They tolerate the heat, the humidity, are resistant to many pests and they look beautiful in the garden.
As an annual plant, the Sunflower can come in a variety of colors, styles
Sunflowers are easy to grow. They are well loved by the bees and even the birds will favor them if you allow the brown centers to ripen into heavy heads filled with seeds.
Growing Organic and Heirloom Sunflowers to Dry
Have you looked at buying sunflower seeds? There are so many varieties. Some are grown for seeds, some for the oil, and others are grown for cut flowers.
There are also heirlooms, hybrids, single stem
My Favorite Heirloom Sunflowers for Drying
Most of the seeds that I order come from a company here in Missouri. Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds has a wide array of sunflower seeds.
When to Pick Sunflowers for Drying
Sunflowers are best picked on a dry day. Choose sunflowers that have blooms that are free of dew. Then, choose sunflowers whose heads are almost all the way open. Be sure to choose the prettiest ones that have the most petals in tact.
Easy Tips to Dry Sunflowers for Preserving
There are two different ways that I like to dry my sunflowers and both of them are very simple.
Option 1: Dry Upside Down
Bring the sunflowers in and remove any of the leaves from the stem. Tie a string around the sunflower. Then, hang it upside down to dry in a dark place.
Option 2: Dry in a Vase
It is possible to dry sunflowers in a vase. To do this, place the sunflowers in a pretty vase or even a vintage watering can with water. Enjoy the blooms while they last and then leave them in the vase even after the water is gone. The sunflowers will shrivel up a bit and dry out.
The drying process for sunflowers can take two to three weeks. Once the sunflower has dried, remove the string, and then use the preserved sunflower bouquet for decorating.
How to Use Dried Sunflowers
One of my favorite ways to use the dried sunflower heads is on homemade fall wreaths or simply tucked into vintage watering cans. They are beautiful to use for fall decorating either in the home or on the porch. The Farm Chicks have used dried sunflowers to decorate their porch for fall and the look is so beautiful.