Nothing is more rewarding for a gardener than colorful, fragrant blossoms. Although fresh flowers are fleeting, they can be preserved through drying. Dried flowers provide a gardener with decorations for the entire year. Preserving fresh flowers is a simple process that takes roughly two to three weeks to perform. Once you prepare the flowers, several preservation methods are effective.
Cut the flowers in the mid-morning with scissors once the dew has dried and the petals are completely open.
Remove any bugs and all excess foliage.
Run a floral wire through the stem. starting at the bottom. Pull some wire up through the flower and form a hook. Run the wire back down through the stem and flower. This reinforces the stem.
Cover the flowers loosely in cheesecloth and tie the ends with flavorless dental floss.
Tie the stems of the flowers to either a plastic or wooden hanger so that the flowers hang upside-down.
Store the flowers in a dark, cool place such as a closet for two to three weeks.
Remove the flowers from the hanger and carefully remove the cheesecloth.
Cut the flower stems with scissors so that only 1 inch of stem remains.
Pour some white sand into the bottom of a medium-size box.
Place the flowers into the box and gently press the stems into the sand.
Cover the flowers in the sand slowly, making sure to avoid flattening the petals. Leave the flowers in the sand for one to three weeks.
Pour the sand out of the box slowly and remove the dried flowers once the sand releases them.
Line a metal tin with wax paper.
Place the flowers inside the tin and completely attach the lid.
Seal the lid with a band of electrical tape.
Store the flowers in a cool, dry place.
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