Dried Flowers - Traditional Air-Drying Method
Traditional air-drying is the easier and
best method for preserving many flowers. Flowers need only to have the
leaves removed and to be hung upside down in a warm, dry, dark place
until the moisture content is evaporated. Avoid direct sunlight which
will cause the flowers to fade.
| FLOWER TIPS
- It is
the best to cut flowers used for drying just before they reach full
because they continue to open as they dry.
harvesting flowers too mature in development because they will
shed upon drying and will not hold up well in arrangements.
- Pick the
flowers on a dry day, after the morning dew has dried.
healthy pieces and discard bruised or damaged materials.
| AIR DRYING METHOD
For Traditional Air Drying Method:
the lowest leaves from a stems. Cut the stems to even lengths and sort
them out according to thickness.
avoid crushing, do not put to much herbs or flowers in a bunch. Using a
rubber band, bind the bottom ends together.
you have cut the stems, it is very important to remove them from the
as soon as possible.
a chain across a room just below the ceiling. (Plant materials hooked
a chain link won't slip as they might on a slick wire).
the flowers and herbs upside down in an airy, dry, warm and dark place
such as well-ventilated attics, garages or large closets. Drying
in the dark is the most important factor in maintaining good color. Be
sure to supply good air circulation to prevent mold and speed drying.
blue and pink flowers will retain the best color when dried.
rosebuds can be hang upside down in bunches of five to six roses with
intact in a warm airy place to dry. Strips the lowest leaves from the
before tie them in bunches.
takes between one to three weeks for flowers to dry. The length of the
drying period will vary, depending on the temperature and humidity.
need between one to two weeks to dry. Check the plants every few days,
because if they remain in drying area to long, they my become to dry
use. Dried materials should feel papery and firm, not limp or damp.
garden herbs and flowers dry extremely well.
your dried materials in covered boxes, airtight containers or in brown
paper bags. Keep flower and herb groups separate and be sure to label
containers. Transfer prepared materials to a cooler location that
dry and dark.
dry plants and flowers of which are heavier than their stems (for
straw flowers, chrysanthemums etc.) use the plastic plant trays found
hardware stores or greenhouses. Position the trays so their bottom
are several inches above the floor and drop the flower stems into the
The flower heads, which won't fit through the holes, will dry in an
method for flowers with weak stems is florist's wire insert. Cut the
stem off, cca 1/2-inch below the flower and insert floral wire up
the remaining stem and out through the center of the flower. Make a
at the top of the wire, and pull it back down into the flower, but not
all the way through. The stem will shrink and dry tightly around the
Once the flower is dry, wrap floral tape around the stem and wire.
dry flower heads just spread them on sheets of newspaper and leave them
in a warm airy place to dry completely.
clothes-drying racks to dry short-stemmed herbs, bundle them and hang
dried material will have a natural fragrance but this will soon fade if
you do not use a fixative. Orris root is one of the best for pot
but you can also use other spices such as cinnamon, mixed spice,
cloves, orange peel, lemon peel or sea salt.
oils are another vital fixative which will add depth and intensity of
to your dried material. Avoid contact with hands because oil has a very
strong perfume. Store the oils in the glass bottles, never in plastic
Use one drop at a time because if you use to much it will upset the
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