Se­lect flow­ers with low mois­ture con­tent that hold their color and shape for best re­sults.

Country Gardens - - Garden Know-how -

• To in­hibit mold, avoid hu­mid days and har­vest flow­ers dur­ing warm, dry weather.

• Pick only fully opened flow­ers; buds con­tain too much mois­ture and tend to shrivel. • Strip leaves off stems. • Bun­dle flow­ers into small bunches us­ing a rub­ber band. Use three stems to a bunch for large flow­ers, four to five stems for smaller blos­soms.

• Trim ma­te­ri­als to the size you’ll need, be­cause flow­ers and stems will be brit­tle af­ter they dry. • Hang in a dark, warm, dry place with good air cir­cu­la­tion—a barn, shed, or garage is ideal. Make sure bunches do not touch. Flow­ers should dry within a few days to a week.

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