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How to Preserve Snapdragons

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The tall flower spikes of the snapdragon flower are adorned with many small blooms. They come in a variety of colors including red, yellow and purple, amongst others. Preserving the beauty of snapdragons is easily done by drying the flowers. The dried flowers are then used in vase displays, are framed, or are used in a variety of craft projects such as card making and floral wreaths. Properly drying the snapdragons preserves much of their color and shape so they can continue to lend beauty to their surroundings for many years.

Cut snapdragons when they are at the height of their bloom using sharp shears or a knife. Cut them in early afternoon when the morning dew has dried but they aren't wilted from the sun's heat yet.

Fill a shoe box one-third full with silica gel crystals. Silica gel is available at florists and craft stores.

Lay the snapdragon on top the silica gel. Finish covering the snapdragon with silica gel. Place two to three snapdragon stalks in a single box, separating them by 1/2 inch layers of silica gel.

Place the box in a dark, dry area. Check the snapdragon every three days. It is done drying when the leaves and petals feel like paper.

Pour out the excess silica to uncover the snapdragon. Lift it out of the box carefully. Check that all areas are dried, particularly the thick areas behind each blossom cluster. If not, lay them out on newspaper in a warm, dry room to finish drying for an additional three days.

Store the dried flowers in a sealed bag. Place a small packet of silica gel in the bag to ensure the flowers do not become exposed to moisture during storage.

Tip

Spray the dried snapdragons with a spray sealant to help make them more durable.

Silica gel can be reused. There are types that change colors when they absorb too much moisture. These can be dried in the oven then reused.

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