How to Preserve Fresh Flowers

Overview

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.

Preparation

Step 1

Cut the flowers in the mid-morning with scissors once the dew has dried and the petals are completely open.

Step 2

Remove any bugs and all excess foliage.

Step 3

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.

Hanging

Step 1

Cover the flowers loosely in cheesecloth and tie the ends with flavorless dental floss.

Step 2

Tie the stems of the flowers to either a plastic or wooden hanger so that the flowers hang upside-down.

Step 3

Store the flowers in a dark, cool place such as a closet for two to three weeks.

Step 4

Remove the flowers from the hanger and carefully remove the cheesecloth.

Sand-Drying

Step 1

Cut the flower stems with scissors so that only 1 inch of stem remains.

Step 2

Pour some white sand into the bottom of a medium-size box.

Step 3

Place the flowers into the box and gently press the stems into the sand.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

Pour the sand out of the box slowly and remove the dried flowers once the sand releases them.

Storage

Step 1

Line a metal tin with wax paper.

Step 2

Place the flowers inside the tin and completely attach the lid.

Step 3

Seal the lid with a band of electrical tape.

Step 4

Store the flowers in a cool, dry place.

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors
  • Floral wire
  • Flavorless dental floss
  • Cheesecloth
  • Plastic or wood hangers
  • Medium-size box
  • White sand
  • Metal tin
  • Wax paper
  • Electrical tape

References

  • Pioneer Thinking: How You Can Dry Flowers/Wax Fresh Flowers
  • ProFlowers: How to Dry Flowers
  • "Natural Beauty for All Seasons;" Janice Cox; 1996
Keywords: drying flowers, preserving flowers, dry flower methods

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