People tend to keep memories of important moments, and therefore the tradition of keeping bouquets in a dried state remains relevant. And the care of such flowers, unlike live cut flowers, does not require at all.
First of all, it is worth figuring out which drying method is best suited to your case:
- It is best to air dry bouquets and large flowers, such as roses, as well as small, but able to stand in a vase for a long time – such as lavender.
- The microwave drying technique keeps the color more vibrant and is suitable for gerberas, chrysanthemums, roses, and tulips.
- For lilies and other delicate plants, it is better to choose other methods of preservation – for example, under the press.
In the process of drying fully bloomed flowers, petals often fall off, which in the future will not be the best effect on the condition of the dried bouquet. Be careful with this and choose fresher specimens.
How to dry flowers in the air
- Get rid of excess leaves and petals that have lost their appearance, and trim the stems to the desired length (leave at least 15 cm). Keep the flowers out of the sunlight so that they don’t burn out while you prepare for the next steps.
- The place for drying should preferably be dark, dry and well-ventilated – for example, an attic or an unused pantry. If you want to keep the plants in bouquet form, shape them beforehand. Use a string to hang the flowers upside down and leave them in this position for 2-3 weeks or more.
- After making sure the flowers are completely dry, remove them and apply hairspray to protect them.
How to dry flowers in the microwave oven
This method also requires silica gel. You can buy it in craft stores. It will allow you to better preserve the shape of the petals, and silica gel can be used repeatedly.
- Get the right size cookware that is designed for the microwave. Remember that it cannot be used for cooking afterwards.
- Pour a layer of silica gel 2-3 cm thick or thicker at the bottom of the dish, if the plants are large. Place the flowers with their heads down in the silica gel and sprinkle it on top – be careful not to crush the petals.
- Without closing the lid, put the container in the microwave oven. The choice of power and time will have to be made individually by trial and error, depending on the type of plant. Roses, for example, are more hardy than gerberas. It is better to start with a low power and 2-5 minutes. Periodically check the condition of the flowers and, if necessary, increase the power and drying time.
- When the flowers are dry, immediately cover the container. After taking it out of the oven, open the lid 2-3 mm and leave it for 24 hours.
- After removing the silica gel with a soft brush, coat the flowers with acrylic anti-brittle spray. You can also find it in craft stores.
Regardless of the chosen processing method, keep dry bouquets out of sunlight and high temperatures so that they retain their appearance as long as possible.