Guidelines For Preserving Flowers

Almost everyone who has been a part of the hobby will have specific guidelines for preserving flowers. Everyone creates their own little philosophy and over time, everyone's technique becomes different despite being based around the same principle. It is quite obvious why these guidelines for preserving flowers vary. Most of them depend on the local climatic and environmental conditions while others also depend on the conditions of the work-area where the hobbyist tried out these techniques.

Overall, these guidelines for preserving flowers remain the same in principle, even though the quantity of elements used, the quality of elements used as well as the manner of usage will vary ever so slightly. Perfecting your technique is largely dependent on your experiments with these methods and, over time, perfection through adjustments of variables here and there. If you are remotely serious about the hobby, then the key is to record every single detail about your hobby, from the time of picking flowers to the time it takes to transport them into your work-area and actually begin the drying process, and so on.

For things like "moisture content" or "suppleness", characteristics that cannot be quantified, you might want to take pictures and rate these characteristics on your own scale. As long as you are consistent with your ratings, you should be able to develop a process over time and perfect the way you select and dry your flowers.

Picking Flowers for Preservation

There are two elements that are extremely important for every hobbyist to remember when it comes to following guidelines for preserving flowers. The first is about what kind of flowers to pick and the second is about when to pick them. When it comes to the kind of flower you wish to pick, you need to make your decision based on the technique you are going to use. For e.g. if you are going to use a regular hanging/air drying process to preserve flowers, then you need to find something like cattail or a clover or lilac for your hobby.

If you are pressing flowers, then buttercup, cosmos, dahlia and pansy go well, as do violets, sweet pea and larkspur. If you are going in for sand-drying, then the perfect thing to go for are roses, tulips, marigold and snapdragons. Since sand drying and silica gel process are more or less the same, you will find that some of these flowers also work with silica gels. You can pick up roses, marigolds, geraniums, heathers, grape hyacinth and other such flowers to use during the preservation process.

When it comes to the time for picking flowers, most guidelines for preserving flowers will tell you to pick mature flowers in the morning, after the morning dew has evaporated but before the Sun has started soaking up the flower's inner moisture. The key thing to remember here is that some flowers need to be picked slightly before they are mature, because they tend to grow or bloom into fully grown flowers after they have been through the drying process.

The thing is, some of these flowers keep on growing thanks to the moisture and nutrients already within them, so you might have to pick up buds of these flowers, and watch them open up during the process. Which ones need to be picked like this depend on your experience with them - you will need to observe your flowers and see how they react to the preservation process, and then find the right time to pick them.

Choosing your Preservation Process

If you are getting into the hobby, then starting off with something simple is the best way to get into it. You can start by simply pressing the moisture out of your flowers by putting them between layers of paper. These papers need to be of some thickness so as to add weight to the pressing process and also have enough space to soak up the moisture that is excreted by the flowers. There is a loss of structural integrity in this case, but that is something that you can overcome as you start getting better at it.

The other part is about hanging flowers in a dry environment where there is enough cross ventilation to take the moist air out and bring more dry air in. You can easily find something like an attic or a warm room to put them in, hanging them upside down in bunches or individually (for big flowers).

If you are looking to use drying agents, then silica gel, glycerine and sand work really well. You can easily find detailed instructions about all these processes and ensure that you get a hang of things over time. The whole concept of preserving flowers is very exciting for someone who is fascinated by the beauty of these beautiful creations. Finding a way to preserve that beauty for a long time requires a tiny bit of effort and persistence to get the process right. Follow these guidelines for preserving flowers and you will get there much quicker!

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