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j johnson

Monday, July 15, 2002
Subject: Martha Stewart Hydrangea
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I remember seeing an article in one of Martha Stewarts books on how to dry hydrangea, but of course I can't find the magazine now. I remember her saying something about dipping the ends in boiling water or something and then drying them in a vase. Do you know if this process is correct or is there more to it? Thanks


Wednesday, July 17, 2002
RE: Martha Stewart Hydrangea
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Nothing against Martha but, I disagree with her recommendations. Many people have written or talked to us in this regard.

Our recommendations:

First of all, not all Hydrangeas dry well. The two best are Pee Gee and Nikko Blue. Cut your Hydrangeas when the blooms are 80-90% full (i.e. the very tops will not be open). Place them in an open, airy, dark place (for more details about drying see 'Drying Flowers - Overview' on our site). It is not necessary to hang them upside down (they have a nice woody stem which will stay erect).

Good luck,

D. Scott Demmin
Dried Flowers Direct

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