What if you could have fresh greenery in your home forever? You can by drying fresh flowers, like eucalyptus, inexpensively. Find the easiest how-to on drying eucalyptus today.
I've never been a huge fan of artificial plants and keeping plants alive in your home can be tricky. Plus, the flowers budget only extends so far. I first started drying flowers about 5 years ago when a vendor at the farmer's market taught me how to dry hydrangeas. I was hooked and it became a go-to housewarming instantly.
Fast forward a few years, another farmer's market vendor at the Green City Market in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago taught me I could do the same with eucalyptus. Prepare yourself for the easiest tutorial you've ever read.
1. Purchase a bundle or two of eucalyptus from your local farmer's market or florist
I like to check with the vendor that this is a style of plant they've seen dried. For example, with hydrangeas, it's only the hydrangeas at the end of the season that can be dried. September is eucalyptus season so you shouldn't have a problem, but always good to double check.
2. Purchase Africare 100% Glycerin
Africare 100% Glycerin is traditionally known as a hair treatment for people of African descent; however, I learned it can double as a drying agent for flowers as well. It's available at most drugstores. I found mine at Walgreens for $8, which can be purchased here.
3. Combine water and Africare 100% Glycerin
The amount of water and the ratio of water to glycerin are the two most important parts when it comes to drying flowers. You'll want 2-3" of water in your vase to dry the eucalyptus. Essentially, you want just enough for the plant to take a big sip. Add 1 tablespoon of glycerin to your water and you're set.
The plant will start to dry over a 2-3 week period so don't be surprised when it takes a while. The glycerin will help to keep the leaves soft as they turn a mix of greens and soft browns.
If you've ever dried your own plants or have always wanted to try, I'd love to hear below.