How to Use a Food Dryer to Dry Roses

Overview

When your roses finally reward your hard work and effort by bursting forth into bloom, a gardener often feels a proud sense of satisfaction. Preserve your beautiful rose blooms by drying your roses for long-term enjoyment. When you cut rose blossoms from your rose bushes at their peak of bloom, they are ideal candidates for drying. Use an electric dehydrator to dry your roses quickly and easily.

Step 1

Cut the rose blossoms from the rose bush early in the day when dew has evaporated from the blossoms. Choose blooms that are perfectly formed and without blemish. Use the pruning shears to cut the rose blossoms from the shrub at a 45-degree angle, making the stems as long as you desire.

Step 2

Place the rose stems into the trays of the food dehydrator. Trim the stem length, if necessary, to make the roses fit onto the trays. Make sure the roses do not touch each other.

Step 3

Set the food dryer to between 95 and 100 degrees F and turn it on.

Step 4

Leave the food dryer running for approximately eight hours and then check the roses. If the rose petals are dry without any moisture left in them, the roses are finished drying. If the rose blossoms still seem moist, leave them in the food dryer for additional time. It may take up to 24 hours to dry the roses completely.

Step 5

Remove the roses from the dehydrator when they are completely dry. Allow the roses to cool and then use them as you desire.

Tips and Warnings

  • Handle the dried roses very carefully. They are fragile.

Things You'll Need

  • Roses
  • Pruning shears
  • Food dryer

References

  • University of California: Preserving Roses
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About this Author

Kathryn Hatter is a 42-year-old veteran homeschool educator and regular contributor to Natural News. She is an accomplished gardener, seamstress, quilter, painter, cook, decorator, digital graphics creator and she enjoys technical and computer gadgets. She began writing for Internet publications in 2007. She is interested in natural health and hopes to continue her formal education in the health field (nursing) when family commitments will allow.