How To Air Dry Flowers

Publisher’s Note: In this third in our series of gardening tips from professional grower Lauren Ketcham of Down the Road Farm in New Lexington, Ohio, Lauren provides best methods for air drying flowers from your garden or from purchased bouquets!


If you use the right method, you can dry just about any flower, but we use a simple air-dry method. Many of the flowers in our summer bouquets can be dried this way, including gomphrena, marigolds, celosia, amaranth, dusty miller, sweet Annie, and most grasses and grains. You can even dry sunflowers and zinnias this way!

Simply strip foliage, bunch stems, secure tightly with a rubber band, and hang upside down anywhere that’s warm, dark, and dry. The flowers are ready when they are fully dried and no longer have “give.” For marigolds, it’s fun to string fresh flower heads on fishing line for garlands, which will dry naturally while on display.

We use dried flowers in many ways, including for wreaths, dried flower pumpkin arrangements, mini-bouquets, and ornaments. Dried grasses add a seasonal touch when mixed in with a vase arrangement of fresh fall blooms.

Even if you only save aside a few bunches of flowers for drying this summer, we’d recommend you give it a try. You’ll be glad to have them on hand this winter!

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Lauren Ketcham, owner of Down the Road Farm in New Lexington, Ohio, holding a colorful spray of Ranunculus flowers

By Lauren Ketcham

Lauren Ketcham has been growing specialty cut flowers at Down the Road Farm in New Lexington since 2013. You can find her and her sustainably grown flowers each week at the Lancaster Farmers Market. Visit Down The Road Farm to shop for 2024 Flower Bouquet Subscriptions or to learn more about having local flowers at your wedding or special event.