Drying Herbs and Flowers Columbia SC

Strip the leaves from the bottom of the stems where the bunch will be bound. This increases the strength of the stems and speeds up the drying time in Columbia. Many leaves on flower stems become too brittle when dried, so leave just a few on the stem.

Publix
(803) 255-4351
501 Gervais St
Columbia, SC
 
Food Lion
(803) 748-8104
1001 Harden Street
Columbia, SC
Store Hours
Mon-Sat 7 AM - 11 PM

Walmart Supercenter
(803) 782-0323
5420 Forest Drive
Columbia, SC
Store Hours
Mon-Fri:8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat:8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sun:8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Pharmacy #
(803) 782-8428
Pharmacy Hours
Monday-Friday: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm Saturday: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm Sunday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Food Lion
(803) 731-9225
543 Saint Andrew Road
Columbia, SC
Store Hours
Mon-Sat 7 AM - 11 PM

Ft Jackson Commissary
(803) 751-5789
Bldg 4716
Columbia, SC
 
Food Lion
(803) 714-1739
3912 Two Notch Road
Columbia, SC
Store Hours
Mon-Sat 7 AM - 11 PM

Publix
(803) 806-8839
2800 Rosewood Dr
Columbia, SC
 
Publix
(803) 790-4920
4840 Forest Dr Ste 10
Columbia, SC
Pharmacy #
(803) 790-4929

Food Lion
(
2245 Charleston Hwy.
Cayce, SC
Store Hours
Mon-Sun 5am-11pm

Food Lion
(803) 788-8211
2312 Decker Blvd.
Columbia, SC
Store Hours
Mon-Sat 7 AM - 11 PM

Drying Herbs and Flowers

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You can find dried herbs and flowers in stores, but they will never be as good as the freshly dried botanicals you create in your own home. When you dry your own herbs and flowers, they’ll have brighter colors, they won’t be crushed from transporting and the aromas and flavors will be more intense.

Air-drying plants is one of the easiest methods of preserving leaves and blossoms. For the best results, harvest flowers just before full bloom. Cut them in the morning when the dew has dried and the flowers have opened. Avoid plants that are past their prime or have insect or disease damage.

1. Strip the leaves from the bottom of the stems where the bunch will be bound. This increases the strength of the stems and speeds up the drying time. Many leaves on flower stems become too brittle when dried, so leave just a few on the stem.

2. Gather a bunch of five to seven stems, making sure that the herb or flower heads have sufficient air circulation. Secure the stems with a rubber band one to two inches from the end. Hang your plants in a dark, dry room with good ventilation The darkness helps prevent the colors from fading. Your flowers are dry when the stems snap easily. Most flowers take up to three weeks to dry completely.

Read a list of recommended plants to dry

From Horticulture Magazine