After tapping, make sure all petals are still covered. The stems tend to last about a week in a fresh bouquet. If you prefer to preserve your full bouquet instead, you would need to use silica gel which you can find at craft stores. It’s a great addition to a butterfly garden. The seeds will germinate into teeny-tiny little sprouts, but they will eventually start showing off their lacy-edged true leaves that will then grow into plants with the feathery fern-like fronds that yarrow are well-known for. If removed too late, petals become brittle and break easily. Flowers are generally placed between sheets of nonglossy paper, such as newspapers, old telephone directories or catalogs. Good aeration is important for rapid drying. At the end of the first week, remove the tissues and papers, and place the flowers or foliage between fresh, dry tissues and papers. University of Missouri Extension is an equal opportunity/access/affirmative action/pro-disabled and veteran employer. Strip off all foliage from stems. Yarrow can also be grown as an everlasting or dried flower. After all flowers have been placed between newspaper, blotter paper and cardboard, stack the layers and tie or tape them together. Table 1Plant materials suitable for air drying. Again, remember that yarrow is a perennial and requires at least one year to grow enough to bloom. Cut flowers of good quality in prime condition or slightly immature. It comes in a wide variety of colors - everything from pure white to deep bright red - and comes in those especially coveted soft blush-colored tones. Microwave drying does not work well on flowers with thick petals. Using yarrow as a cut flower is easy because of their shape. If the head stays relatively stationary, the stem is firm and ready to harvest. WiringThe two techniques for wiring flowers are hook wiring and cross wiring. The trick is selecting fully open flowers that haven’t started to fade in color. Easy to grow from seed, tough as nails, drought tolerant and winter hardy as well, yarrow is a great plant to grow - requiring very little care or maintenance - and will provide you with a lot of blooms for use in floral arrangements and bouquets. They may become very vigorous in your environment to the point where they may start crowding out other perennials - so just be careful where you place them. ©2019 Freckled Californian All Rights Reserved. Look for flowers that have a small calyx and hold their petals tightly. For large yarrow flowers, choose ‘Debutante Mix’, which open blooms about 6 inches across. Place upright. You can find all kinds of yarrow flower colors in this group alone. Ratios varying from 1:1 to 1:6 have been used (first number refers to borax). Group the stems into small bunches and tie with a rubber band. BONUS: You’ll also receive our Almanac Companion newsletter! Make a mixture of one part glycerin and two parts warm water. Pour off or gently brush to one side some of the mixture on the surface of the container. However, they become brittle and must be handled very carefully. Label your container (dried herbs tend to look alike, although you'd probably be able to tell from the smell that this is yarrow), and store in a cool, dry, dark place. Yarrow (we call it Achillea because it sounds a bit more lyrical) is a well-known plant that is native to Europe, Asia and North America. Bake in an oven at 250 degrees F for about an hour, or until the moisture-indicating crystals, if present, are blue again. ► Related article: See how to make a rose and lavender potpourri! Heat in microwave in 30 second increments. The trick to retaining that color is to flash-dry them, too, in a hot car. Place the flower on the layer of material in the bottom of the container. Method 1 of 4: Choosing the Flowers. Bend the wire stems to the side or curl up. Some colors may fade, but most flowers retain their original hues. You can view a list of places I buy seeds HERE. Turn each flower upside down after removal and tap out any remaining residue. Secure a bundle of 8 to 10 stems with a rubber band or twist tie. ContainersFlowers dried in a borax mixture should be left uncovered during the drying process. Avoid soils enriched with large amounts of compost over time. Yarrow comes in a lot of wonderful cultivars that are practically every color of the rainbow. A more popular mixture for drying is made of equal parts of borax and white cornmeal. The main function of these materials is to hold the petals in place while they dry naturally. As the insects chew on the soft tissue of the plant centers, flowers may shatter and fall apart. Flowers best suited to this treatment are the “everlastings” and a few others that do not wilt readily. Rich soils cause yarrow flower stems to grow weak and lanky, and they’ll likely need to be staked to stay upright. MethodThe method for burying flowers in any of these materials is essentially the same. After the flowers have dried, the wires can be straightened and other wires added to prepare them for arranging.