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Alliums – a step-by-step guide to drying them out

Posted 14th Dec 2018 by Rosie

Drying out alliums

If you are looking to be a bit more creative around the house with your flowers then consider drying out your alliums before they die off. They create gorgeous decorations for the inside of your home and ensure that you can enjoy these flowers all year round. The simple process results in stunning dried out allium heads which you can either use in a floral arrangement or have on their own. We have even seen some that have been sprayed with metallic paint to help preserve them further.

Alliums are usually planted late in the year and bloom in late spring/early summer. We’re using allium cristophii, also known as Star of Persia, as they have rosey-violet star-shaped flowers on a leafless stem. Others suitable for drying are Purple Sensation and Globemaster.

Step 1

Water the alliums when they are at full bloom, the day before you plan to pick them. You should look to collect before winds damage the seed heads too much.

Step 2

Cut the alliums the next day at the base of the stem.

Step 3

Check the allium flowers for insects or dirt and brush them off before you bring them inside.

Step 4

Place the flowers in a tall, narrow vase to keep them from falling over. Alliums can be dried with or without water. We’re using 2 inches of water.

Step 5

Place the vase in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight for at least 10 days to allow the water to be absorbed and the flowers to dry out.

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and there you have it…simples! 🙂 If you have any questions let us know in the comments below.

We stock a wide range of alliums, all available from mid-August. Follow us on any of our social media channels – Facebook, Instragram or Twitter to be kept up to date.

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