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Sharon
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Friday, September 06, 2002
11:45:06
Subject: DRYING HYDRANGEA
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I live in VA and there are blooms on my bushes that have a green hue that dry wonderfully, in the early fall. Is there a way to dry the early deep blue blooms to retain the rich blue color?


dscott
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Monday, September 09, 2002
22:20:02
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The most common blue hydrangea is Blue Niko, which does dry well. Use the same technique you are using and you should obtain the same results. I hope you are drying in darkness though (very important with respect to retaining the maximum amount of color).

D. Scott



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Monday, October 14, 2002
20:22:01
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Thanks D.Scott
I have the most beautiful big green/blue hydrangea blooms that I want to save
I will try your tip
Have them in big watering can (no water in it)
Question I have is how dark is dark?
The colors I have now are a very fall green and blue and I like them
Does the Darkness keep the color?
Can I just leave them in the can and for how long?
Thanks
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Monday, October 14, 2002
23:00:44
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The darker the environment when drying the less the original color will fade during the drying process. Complete darkness is the most important factor involved in maintaining the most color for dried florals.

You can leave them in a can for as long as you would like. Now if you are asking how long will it take for them to dry, that depends on many factors: the room, the weather, etc. The short answer is when the flower (or leafs if you have left them on) are stiff to the touch.

Good luck,

D. Scott Demmin



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