Roses are a preferred flower to dry because of the variety of colors available and the ease in preserving them. Air-drying is a common method used because it is low cost; however, it will not give ideal results in areas where the humidity is high. In those cases, dry the petals in a microwave with silica gel, as this process speeds the drying time and removes excess moisture and humidity. Choose fresh rosebuds that are slightly open for best results.
Collect young rosebuds that have just begun to open. Do not collect tight buds or those that are fully open and have begun to lose the petals.
Cut the rosebuds from the stem close to the base and insert a 6- to 8-inch length of florist wire into the bloom bottom.
Hang the rosebuds upside down by twisting the wire around the long portion of a clothes hanger. Hang the clothes hanger in a cool, dry location that is low in humidity.
Remove the roses from the hanger when they are completely dry. This may take one to three weeks.
Remove the petals from the bud by cutting close to the base with a sharp knife. Spread the petals out on a piece of newspaper to sort by size.
Collect young rosebuds that have just begun to open and are dry of water. Do not collect tight buds or those that are fully open and have begun to lose the petals.
Prepare the roses by cutting the stem so 1 inch is remaining.
Fill a microwavable container with 1 inch of silica gel and insert the rose stem into it. Do not let the rose touch the sides of the container or another rose. Gently spoon silica gel over the rose so it is covered.
Place a lid over the container and microwave on high for 30 seconds. Remove the container, and let it set for 30 minutes still covered. Open the container after 30 minutes to see if the rose petals are dry. Repeat the process if additional drying is needed.
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