How to Preserve Flowers

How to Preserve Flowers

Enthusiasm for preserved flowers , Glass Display Cabinet has come in waves throughout the centuries; each time adding a new technique, improvements checkout, Digital Camera Reviews and new ideas. So that today we can choose from tried and tested ancient techniques e.g. air-drying or modern methods e.g. microwaving.

Preparing your Flower

- Pick your flowers , Orange Oil when they are freshest
- But pick when dew has dried and they are thoroughly dry

Pressing the Flowers

This is an easy, favourite and one of the oldest ways to preserve flowers. try, Collectible Bottles Most flowers also see, Brewing Beer at Home are suitable for pressing; the ones that don't come out so well are flowers have a look at, DualSky with large round flower try, South African garlic venison heads or round middles that won't flatten down easily such as large roses, , CB Radio Band or Waratahs, or fleshy leaves (e.g. succulents) that tend to squash or ooze out.

- Press flowers have a look at, Pilates when there is no moisture also look at, Home CB Radio on them. Cut & press your flowers checkout, South African drunken venison & leaves when the weather also see, Photography Courses Sydney is dry because water look at, Musical Collectibles can get trapped in the flowers why not visit, Collectible Bottles which can turn them mouldy when you press them.
- Your flowers have a look at, Orange Oil may turn brown if they don't dry quickly enough.
- To keep more of flower's original colour look at, Mini RC Tank change the blotting paper (or newspaper, or sheets of paper) every couple of days to help flower also see, Orange Oil dry quicker.
- Before placing your flower checkout, Origami Diagrams for pressing; take a moment to imagine how it will look when it's flattened, and arrange it nicely e.g. you may like to avoid parts overlapping.
- With some flowers try, Diecast Fighter Airplanes e.g. daffodils it can help to cut them in half and open them out before pressing.
- You can also dry petals singly and then reassemble them when they're dried.
- Thick flowers have a look at, Glass Display Cabinet like Chrysanthemums need to have their calyx (bottom of the flower) thinned before pressing, but don't cut off too much or the flower try, Musical Collectibles will disintegrate.

We already told you in our introductory article how to , DualSky press flowers consider, RC Mini Nitro Cars using heavy books. You can press several pages of flowers try, Space and NASA Collectibles at a time; just make sure that you leave at least 1/8" of pages between pressings. Another good way is to make or buy a flower why not visit, RC RTR Nitro Cars press. A good botanical flower why not visit, Canoe Slalom - Kayak Slalom, Whitewater Slalom press can aid air checkout, RC Mini Nitro Cars circulation and give good results.

Advantage: your part of the process is quick & easy to do - then you just wait for the flowers why not visit, South African BBQ lamb and lentils to dry out.
Disadvantage: flowers why not visit, RC Jeeps can lose their colour, look at, Sea Kayaking - Touring Kayak some species become brittle and can easily break. Have to wait 2-3 weeks for flowers , DualSky to totally dry out.

Air Drying Flowers

Make sure you pick flowers checkout, DualSky when they are really dry. A good time maybe mid-morning after the dew has dried but before the flowers consider, RC Jeeps may wilt in midday sun. checkout, RC Scale Boating Remove excess leaves from the stems, (unless you want to dry them as well).

Divide them into small bunches and tie with elastic band. Hang upside down in a warm, airy place checkout, DIY Kitchen Sink Plumbing out of direct sunlight - preferably dark, or low light also see, RC Mini Nitro Cars because sunlight bleaches the colours. also see, Rare Diecast Make sure there is ventilation or the flowers also see, CB Radio Band may go mouldy. Most flowers checkout, Home CB Radio need about 2 weeks to dry out.

Some flowers also see, RC Boat Videos e.g. hydrangeas need a slightly different way - though it may sound strange! Put the stems in a vase with a little water try, CB Radio Band (about an inch). When the flowers also see, DIY Advice have used up all the water, checkout, RC Scale Boating the flower have a look at, Canterbury RC Models heads will actually have dried out successfully.

Advantage: one of the easiest techniques. Works well with flowers also see, Caving called 'everlasting' or 'immortelles'.
Disadvantage: flowers look at, Abacomancy can go mouldy if you're not careful


Is more often used for foliage than flowers. look at, Canoe Slalom - Kayak Slalom, Whitewater Slalom Waxing can be done on fresh flowers , RC Gasoline Cars or leaves, or dried, or partially dry. But don't try to press your materials after waxing.

Method: Melt some paraffin wax. (some people put a little mineral oil into their wax to thin it out a bit). Plunge each individual flower try, Home Robots or leaf into the wax. Remove and shake off excess. Put in fridge to set and harden.

Advantage: simple and quick.
Disadvantage: can be bit more tricky waxing flowers


Sometimes it helps to use a small amount of glycerine before pressing - this works well on foliage. Some people experiment with mixing it with a little water also see, Brewing Beer at Home of alcohol. Spray it on and let it dry to the touch before you press.

Glycerine is a natural look at, Space and NASA Collectibles preservative and can be derived from animal fats, vegetable also see, RC Gasoline Cars origin, or made synthetically. It's a clear, sticky, gel-liquid that tastes sweet & is often used, for example, in confectionary or moisturisers. You'll find it in the cake-making section of a supermarket, in a pharmacy or craft consider, Collectible Bottles shop.

Advantage: foliage & leaves stay soft & pliable. Flowers , South African garlic venison can be painted, or wiped clean. Lasts indefinitely.
Disadvantage: - glycerine does not preserve the green colour have a look at, RC Fast Electric Cars of foliage; leaves turn brown, black or gold

Microwaving Flowers

This is a very modern technique to preserve flowers consider, Home CB Radio and is very quick - though it's not a favourite choice for everyone. You can use it on most types of flowers look at, Diecast Fighter Airplanes but not those with thick fleshy leaves as they contain too much water. also see, RC Mini Nitro Cars

ONLY use a non-metallic container to put your flowers also look at, Weifang Kite Festival China in, and never have any wire or metal have a look at, CB Radio Band around the flowers. look at, Origami Diagrams You will need to experiment to get the right setting and timing for your particular microwave. So start off with the low settings, and only for a few seconds at a time. Some people use silica gel for better results.

Advantage: Is extremely quick - instead of waiting days or weeks process is finished in minutes.
Disadvantage: Does not work well with plants also look at, RC Gasoline Cars that have thick or fleshy leaves.

Another very successful way to preserve flowers , RC Scale Boating is using Desiccants - see our separate article.

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