How to Preserve Flowering Plants


If you have ever had a really good season with your flowers, then you probably wished that you could preserve flowering plants forever rather than having to watch them fade and die. Fortunately, you can. By drying and preserving your flowering plants, you can enjoy them and their colors endlessly. Dried flowers make great arts and crafts items as well. Continue to benefit from the sight of your beautiful blooms long after you normally would have had to watch them turn into mulch by preserving your best flowering plants.

Step 1

Place a 1-inch layer of silica gel in the airtight container. It should be fairly level and even.

Step 2

Place the flowers in the silica gel. Place them so that their shape will be best preserved. Roses and mums can lie on their sides, while daisies should lie on their "faces" if you are not preserving the flower on its stem.

Step 3

Gently cover the flowers completely with silica gel. Use the spoon to ladle the gel crystals over the flowers so that they slide over the blooms rather than falling on them en masse and crushing them.

Step 4

Seal the container. Leave it sealed for four days. This is usually enough time for the silica gel to absorb all moisture from the flowers.

Step 5

Gently shake the silica gel off the flowers. Your brightly colored flowering plants will last forever and never need watering again.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not allow children or pets to consume the silica gel.

Things You'll Need

  • Silica gel
  • Airtight container
  • Spoon


  • National Gardening Association: Preserving Buds and Blooms
  • A Flower Arranger's Garden: Preserving Flowers
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