How to Preserve Flowers

How to Preserve Flowers

Enthusiasm for preserved flowers have a look at, Award Display Cases has come in waves throughout the centuries; each time adding a new technique, improvements consider, Reliving Memories and Good Times 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 look at, Award Display Cases 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, Digital Photo Most flowers also look at, How to pan for Gold are suitable for pressing; the ones that don't come out so well are flowers try, Digital Photo with large round flower try, Digital Photo heads or round middles that won't flatten down easily such as large roses, try, Why you need quality shop fitouts? or Waratahs, or fleshy leaves (e.g. succulents) that tend to squash or ooze out.

- Press flowers consider, RC Helicopters when there is no moisture checkout, Cape Malay recipe for waterblommetjie bredie on them. Cut & press your flowers try, Cheesecake & leaves when the weather also see, Birds is dry because water also look at, Matchbox Diecast can get trapped in the flowers look at, Garden Tours which can turn them mouldy when you press them.
- Your flowers also look at, Collectible Cast Iron Toys may turn brown if they don't dry quickly enough.
- To keep more of flower's original colour look at, Garden Tours change the blotting paper (or newspaper, or sheets of paper) every couple of days to help flower try, 2-7 Single Draw Poker dry quicker.
- Before placing your flower consider, Digital Photography Lesson 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 also look at, CB Radio Mount 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 why not visit, RTF RC Quadcopters like Chrysanthemums need to have their calyx (bottom of the flower) thinned before pressing, but don't cut off too much or the flower look at, RC Blimps will disintegrate.

We already told you in our introductory article how to why not visit, Collectible Cast Iron Toys press flowers , Watercolour Pencils using heavy books. You can press several pages of flowers look at, Aeromancy 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 also look at, 7 Card Stud Hi Lo Poker press. A good botanical flower try, Waterproof Digital Camera press can aid air also look at, How Can Sell my car Melbourne circulation and give good results.

Advantage: your part of the process is quick & easy to do - then you just wait for the flowers consider, Waterproof Digital Camera to dry out.
Disadvantage: flowers consider, Knitting for a Baby can lose their colour, also look at, Garden Tours some species become brittle and can easily break. Have to wait 2-3 weeks for flowers look at, Waterproof Digital Camera to totally dry out.

Air Drying Flowers

Make sure you pick flowers checkout, Birds when they are really dry. A good time maybe mid-morning after the dew has dried but before the flowers why not visit, Robotica may wilt in midday sun. look at, 5 Crucial User Interface Layout Tips for Mobile App Developers 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 , Watercolour Pencils out of direct sunlight - preferably dark, or low light also see, RC Big Cars because sunlight bleaches the colours. try, How to pan for Gold Make sure there is ventilation or the flowers , Collectible Cast Iron Toys may go mouldy. Most flowers also see, RC Humanoids need about 2 weeks to dry out.

Some flowers have a look at, Electric RC Boats e.g. hydrangeas need a slightly different way - though it may sound strange! Put the stems in a vase with a little water also see, CB Radio Mount (about an inch). When the flowers consider, Easy Home-Chemistry Experiments have used up all the water, also look at, Cheesecake the flower , How Can Sell my car Melbourne heads will actually have dried out successfully.

Advantage: one of the easiest techniques. Works well with flowers checkout, Drawing Faces called 'everlasting' or 'immortelles'.
Disadvantage: flowers have a look at, RC Big Cars can go mouldy if you're not careful


Is more often used for foliage than flowers. checkout, Waterproof Digital Camera Waxing can be done on fresh flowers checkout, Cape Malay recipe for bobotie in the microwave 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 , Waterproof Digital Camera 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 checkout, How to pan for Gold of alcohol. Spray it on and let it dry to the touch before you press.

Glycerine is a natural checkout, Birds preservative and can be derived from animal fats, vegetable also see, CB Radio Mount 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 also look at, South African BBQ fruity chicken shop.

Advantage: foliage & leaves stay soft & pliable. Flowers also look at, Reliving Memories and Good Times can be painted, or wiped clean. Lasts indefinitely.
Disadvantage: - glycerine does not preserve the green colour also look at, Water Pencils of foliage; leaves turn brown, black or gold

Microwaving Flowers

This is a very modern technique to preserve flowers , Cheesecake and is very quick - though it's not a favourite choice for everyone. You can use it on most types of flowers why not visit, Omaha High Poker but not those with thick fleshy leaves as they contain too much water. look at, Matchbox Diecast

ONLY use a non-metallic container to put your flowers , Cape Malay recipe for waterblommetjie bredie in, and never have any wire or metal look at, Watercolour Pencils around the flowers. also look at, Omaha High Poker 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 try, Prospecting Tools that have thick or fleshy leaves.

Another very successful way to preserve flowers checkout, Waterproof Digital Camera is using Desiccants - see our separate article.

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