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.
Gardening is my passion. Whether it is growing vegetables in my raised garden beds or adding a fun new element to my rustic garden design, I love it all! I spend hours in my garden shed dreaming of all the beautiful cut flowers that I would love to grow, and adding more sunflowers is always at the top of that list!
Grown for their beautiful large yellow, orange, and even red petals bloom from summer to autumn. Sunflowers make excellent cut flowers, but you can learn how to dry sunflowers with just a few easy tips.
Growing Sunflowers to Dry and Preserve
Very few flowers say “summer” like the Sunflower. They grow exceptionally well here in Missouri. They tolerate the humidity, resist many pests, and look beautiful in the garden.
As an annual plant, the Sunflower can come in various 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 intact.
Pretty options for displaying and drying sunflowers
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- Jute Twine: used for hanging sunflowers upside down to dry. I always have jute twine in our home for hanging fresh herbs to dry or tying up tomato plants in the garden.
- Peg Rack: Hang sunflowers upside down from a pretty wooden peg rack.
- Farmhouse Vases: display sunflowers in a beautiful way on your kitchen island or farmhouse table.
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 jute string around the sunflower. Then, hang them 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 a homemade fall wreath 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 patio for fall and the look is so beautiful.
With the addition of my country cottage garden shed to the backyard, I am hoping to use a lot of my dried sunflowers to decorate the front porch from year to year. Once dried, sunflowers can be used for years to come in home decoration.